how is the f700 gs on dirt

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  1. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    Depends on how bad they are bent. There are several shops that repair cast motorcycle wheels within 80 miles of my residence.
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  2. Metalsapo

    Metalsapo R.E. OrdoƱez

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    Hi, i live in Guatemala City, and i work in the sides of the city, and it is a daily adventure, there are 30 KM to work, and 6 Km in a offroad terrain with rocks, mud, people, dogs, cows, 125 cc motorcycles, drunks, kids running around and no problem at all, the only limitation i see is if i would be very agressive with my motorcycle and not stoping properly in bumps and stones, the suspension is not designed to be agressive, but can do the job, the only limitation is in my skill.
    Also i think that F800GS is the best machine known to mankind, F650Gs for me is the perfect size of a F800GS for a beginner like me.
    I learned offroad in the BMW course by a good techer (Jose Andres Pinto) and still allot to learn. In the course i was in the middle, the G650GS is very short but agile, twins are a Bull, and dinosaurs 1200, and felt in the best spot for a beginner, hope i help, and keep the tire selection is key, TK80 for me please.
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  3. Beezzz

    Beezzz Get out and ride

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    my friend has cracked two sets of cast wheels. he rides them on a typical guy ride of fireroad/jeep roads in So. Calif. with dual sport riders. my impression is that an aggressive dirt bike rider will crack them and a casual cruiser rider will not.
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  4. MikeMike

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    I've never seen one "cracked" but I have seen them bent and dented.
    A crack would be catastrophic if it happened on the rim.:eek1 And not the spoke.
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  5. txtinman

    txtinman n00b Adventurer

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    Where might I find these aftermarket wheels? I've found all kinds of aftermarket parts but no wheels.

    Mike
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  7. Dorito

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    As much as nobody wants to admit it, most bikes have way more capability than most riders have talent. :wink: It's likely the F700 will take you all the places the R1200gs go, all the places the F800gs go, all the places the KLRs go, all the places the DR650s go, and all the places the KTM990s go. I've followed them through all those places (and mine is factory lowered) in the last 65K miles. It will require more focus and you might need to take a different line, but capability is there. I've ridden it up this:

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    The bike has been remarkably resilient to some of my more rookie mistakes. She does take a lickin' well and always got me home. I do believe that any bike you buy, the OEM suspension will need some sort of upgrade. And my recommendation if you are going to upgrade the wheels and suspension, buy the cheaper F700 vs F800 since people fault both bikes for the same issues and spend the difference in price on the upgrades!

    At the end of the day though, I prefer my F650X-country for an all rounder. It's lighter, has a shorter wheelbase and ergonomically fits me better.
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  8. MikeMike

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    +1 on the above.

    Here are a pair of old F650GS twins. Stock suspensions and no traction control etc... The F700GS looks like a better bike, though I'll never bother with buying another BMW. Though they can handle a lot more than most people think, you can end up with some problems. The rear wheel looked like the front did. The cast wheels will take a lot before they will crack. I rode that home but above 60mph on the highway there was quite a wobble.

    Worry less, ride more.

    That's the dirt, rock, sand road above 13,000ft on the Cofre de Perote, got stuck on the next corner. Tourance tires. It's been above 14,500 on sand and gravel, too. Two of the highest roads here in Mexico and the bike was fine except for overheating above 14,000ft once. No problem, switched off the motor, coasted down a few hundred feet and all was good. The new bike with traction control would perhaps make things easier.

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