getting new F700GS - kitting out - recommendations...

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by steinline, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. steinline

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    Okay, so i've already decided on givi racks and trekker outback boxes and using an old top box.

    Would appreciate some recommendations and why you prefer your choice for:
    (a) what is the "key" first stuff to get, and assuming I'm close on my guesses:
    (b) crashbars? TT, Altrider, SW, upper add ons
    (c) handguards: BMW, TT, Barkbusters (regular, storm?), others? I want guards that work with Kayko (?) cruise control device - I like the BBs because of the metal "backbone" but I guess the OEM guards have that.
    (d) skid plate: BMW, TT, Altrider, SW, wunder, others? If not going off road for a while - maybe I don't "need" this just yet. And I know some don't fit with certain crash bars
    (e) tall windscreen: I'm 5'6 - Givi aeroflow was what I'm thinking. TT, others?
    (f) other stuff that I should consider (radiator guard, light guard - I like the wunderlich fold down, tubeless patch kit, recovery block & tackle kit I saw somewhere?

    Was going to do this in separate threads but what the heck..
    Thanks for the thoughts!
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  2. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    Welcome to the group!

    It really depends on what you intend to ride and how much $$ you want to spend?

    I ride off road so the things I think is imperative are:
    -full length skid plate (covers the cat) i have a Ricor
    -SW crash bars used many many times! The AltRiders touched my knees.
    -Top rack plate
    -I would go with the Highway DirtBikes hand guards if I had to do it again. I have the BB storms.
    -Double Take Mirriors
    -SW rear rack with Pelican cases
    -I have the BMW headlight protector

    As for patch kits, I have an inner tube repair kit, Tube Slime and a compressor. I will carry spare tubes if I'm on a trip.

    I'd recommend that you find where you like to ride and go from there. Why spend $$ on things if you don't go off road (gravel doesn't count :evil).

    My 5c worth...
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  3. spmga

    spmga Don't panic

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  4. steinline

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    Thanks for the quick reply! Well, I know I will be "road" touring and some dirt roads (haha) - probably not single track but we'll see. I mountain bike a a lot and probably would like it. So you must have more aggressive tires - which model? and for an inner tube kit - The F700 is tubeless so I need something different.
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  5. ChicoProf

    ChicoProf Been here awhile

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    The only "must haves" for me before the bike goes off road are skid plate and crash bars. My dealer recommended and gave a great deal on SW Motech crash bars, and BMW skid plate (tip: see what they'll throw in or discount to make the sale). I've been pleased with the fit and finish of both.

    Enjoy!
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  6. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    As you can see my bike is sleepy… :lol3

    These are all from this summer :clap

    Typically I'm on TKC 80's. Really like the wear (10,000 km's on the rear) and the off road performance.

    As for a tubeless patch, I still carry a car tire repair kit (ream and plugs) and you could use Tire Slime. That combination should get you moving again till a permanent solution can be made.
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  7. LeeBransgrove

    LeeBransgrove n00b

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    I only buy RockFox protection parts. They are well made and the guys over at Rockfox are extremely helpful.
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  8. steinline

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    Those are AWESOME shots my friend. That's one reason I can see the pelican boxes are nice - basically indestructible plastic that really doesn't scratch or look lousy after an off. Hmmmmm...
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  9. steinline

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    nice - I will check it out! I initially wanted a black skid plate but in the end, once its marked it the black (even if anodized I think) will look lousy - or perhaps nice and used :evil
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  10. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    Any of the marks won't really show or will disappear with bit bit of black paint.

    Goto the vendor's http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=415604 section and look at http://www.motooverland.com/index_files/Page673.htm

    Many, many other options to get what you want in the colour you want!
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  11. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    Thanks!

    I had them on my KLR and work just as nicely on the BMW's. The dropping just adds a touch of character and no need to bang them back to shape :wink:
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  12. thomps000

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    This is what I've done so far on my 2014 F700GS:

    Mivv Suono Exhaust
    Adjustable Levers
    SW Motech Crash Bars/Skid Plate
    Aeroflow Off Road Aeroscreen (on its way still!)
    Brake Pedal Extender from Wunderlich
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  13. K7TNT

    K7TNT Been here awhile

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    Would appreciate some recommendations and why you prefer your choice for:
    (a) what is the "key" first stuff to get, and assuming I'm close on my guesses: TT 30mm lowering springs.
    (b) crashbars? yep TT
    (c) handguards: TT with the Kayko, and Throttle rocker to rest my palm on as an ad. - works good for me.
    (d) skid plate: TT,
    (e) tall windscreen: I'm 5'4" with 29" inseam - I love my Cee Baileys 16" with the bar. Very nice spot to put the GPS.
    (f) I have the BMW Scott chain oilier. 2" Rox bar risers. Slip on foam Grip Covers. I cut out the top of the seat, much softer now. (g) Wolfman Explorer Lite Tank Bag is a perfect fit. Plus lights and more. I love this one, but my wife said I spent to much on it.:deal :D Ya I have put a lot on it and this is the best bike for me. :freaky [​IMG]
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  14. HMMWV

    HMMWV Makin Dust

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    I went with AltRider skid plate and crash bars, Kaoko throttle lock with Bark Busters, Puig touring screen, and Giant Loop Diablo tank bag. I carry a small tool kit and a tubeless patch kit with a compressor (instead of CO2 cartridges). The stock tires aren't great in the dirt, but have served me well in the mostly slab my 700's seen so far.
    Before any extend dirt trips I'll probably swap to TKC 80s.
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  15. BlueRidgeKat

    BlueRidgeKat Daily Commuter

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    I wasn't sure about the Trekker Outback because at the time they had just came out but went with them anyway and now love them. Good price and hold a ton.
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  16. steinline

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    what size liters are those pelican cases?
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  17. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    They are 1520's. I bit smaller than the 1550 that is popular with Caribou and other systems. I wanted to be a little less of a wide ass :wink:

    I try not to carry so much stuff&#8230;always a struggle.

    If you are in the Toronto area, I can tell you one of the best places to get them...
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  18. steinline

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    which size did you get? same on both sides? silver or black? thx!
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  19. steinline

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    did you go 37 liter on each side? Color? I'm starting to get concerned that when I drop my bike an aluminum side case will dent, unlike a caribou / pelican. but I prefer top load after having side loads before...
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  20. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    I don't have any good pictures of the cases open, but I put 4 little eye hooks on the inside and have some 3/16" shock (bungee) cords that I use as a net to hold everything in. Works great. Nothing falls out and it's easy access to everything.

    I also put aircraft wire on the kick stand side so the box doesn't open too much beyond level with the horizon.

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