Issues with the F800

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by MEROST, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. MEROST

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    I think I've finally decided on getting a 2013 F800 GS. What are some of the commonly reported issues with this particular model?
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  2. Motorfiets

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    none addicting....

    cost money...

    used by batmans enemies...

    zero aftermarket parts...

    no following of fellow riders...

    fellow KLR riders love peeing on them....

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    ugh... the list goes on and on...

    you'd be crazy to own one.... hell just look at this smile? :huh truly a very unhappy owner

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    honest anwer.... i've scraped pegs on the TAT, drove through wind and rain in canada, took her up to the alps and let her breath thin air, hightailed it across the autobahn, hit every pot hole in ukraine, washboarded in across mongolia, drowned it in russia, TAT'd in across the usa, single tracked in TN and do wheelies daily.... all that in 23,000 miles and i've had to replace the rear wheel bearings.... hows that for proving these things can take the abuse...?
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  3. 2Stamp

    2Stamp Been here awhile

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    Didn't happen if there are no pics! :D
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  4. Motorfiets

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  5. Loutre

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    There is no issue the warrenty won't cure in the next 3 years.

    It's a great bike. Don't worry so much about it. The cases that are reported here are not THAT common. I mean look how many bikes BMW sold and how many actual persons have problems with them. It's actually bad luck. Ride the damn thing and that's it. every bike model has problems, take the one that puts a smile on your face and if you have enough money to buy a new one the warrenty will do the rest.
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  6. TowPro

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    the only problem with my bike is finding enough time to ride it :evil
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  7. Angryrican

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    x2 on that, and awesome post Motorfiets!:rofl
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  8. MEROST

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    What options should I get and which ones should I avoid. The one I'm looking at has heated grips, the on-board computer, saddle bag mounts, but I don't intend to get the BMW saddle bags. What exactly does the on-board computer do and is that good or bad?
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  10. Motorfiets

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    get the on board computer... its nice... fuel gauge, temperature, avg speed, avg mpg etc etc

    heated grips are a must!!!!!!

    wouldnt worry about the saddle bad mounts.... plenty of aftermarket stuff out there
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  11. Argus16

    Argus16 ThReAd KiLleR

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    Get a stocker and add your own farkles to it... lots of waay better aftermarket panniers, heated grips and GPS units.
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  12. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    get every option but the alarm and the akra exhaust (abs, esa, heated grips, bord computer..) ... the saddle back mounts aren't necessary :eek:) and I think the OEM hand protectors aren't that good if you want protection against weather. get some touratech or barkbuster on them.
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  13. TowPro

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    don't buy saddle bag mounts until you know what kind of saddle bags you want. BMW mounts might not work with other bags.
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  14. skamikazee

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    :eek1 Holly $h#%! I don't want Batman takin me for one of Bane's goons :gun2
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    you are safe if it's not Orange, White or Triple Black :lol3
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  16. lakota

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    +1 couldn't agree more
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  17. Stkmkt1

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    Guys. Am I missing something here. Only 23,000 miles on the wheel bearings? Wheel bearings should not fail for at least 200,000 or more miles. Just kidding. if you really take the time to think about all the abuse this bike has been through, it really is a testament of not only how good of bike the F800 is, but how great it is that we live during a time when we are actually able to own a vehicle that can take this abuse. And I'm talking about most motorcycles, not just this BMW. Glad I was not riding back in the '40's!
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  18. Emperor Norton

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    Are you serious? The 2013s have been out for a few weeks. If you're really concerned about issues youll need to wait. If you've read these forums youd see there are two people who have problems with the seats falling apart.
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  19. Motorfiets

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    I currently have 23,000 miles on the bike and in that time my only "issue" was a wheel bearing.... keep in mind I was traversing this shit...

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  20. PatrickM

    PatrickM Been here awhile

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    Don't know about "common" since it's a new (2013) release for me but...

    1. Seat seam split about 300 miles (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19601324)
    2. Fork seal leak (noticed at 1000 miles by dealer for my first service [HEY! I got it on 9/1 so two weeks ago...]). Unfortunately, there are not any in the CONUS, and about 5 sets in DE. They tried to clean it up as best they can until they get the fork seals - and no, it's a different/larger fork plus there's potentially a different tool required to change it up.
    3. Highway Dirt Bike guards don't want to fit. It appears the bar ends have changed for the 2013 lineup. They're not only a different screw, but counterbored (instead of counter sunk) and longer by about 1/2"
    4. With the BMW headlight protector in place, the headlight can be wiggled up and down. Not loose, just weird as I'm used to those things being locked down - solid.

    The other problem is that I'm starting to spend a lot of money, again.

    Motooverland skid/bash plate & top rack, Alt-Rider crash bars (which bend, and there's no exact match for "powder coat black" I'm aware of), Pivot Pegz (which help a lot!), TouraTech folding clutch lever extension (size 13 boots), folding/extendable brake/clutch levers, BMW headlight protector, Lamin-X headlight protector, Touratech rack, RAM mount for the Montana GPS, RAM mount for the GoPro, HDB protectors and top clamp, etc.

    But yeah, 1000+ miles and the gas mileage is good, it's smooth (enough) on the highway, no complaints about the comfort on the seat, works well in the twisties, falls over and survives stream beds w/ baby head rocks (Anakees suck horrible in the loose).

    So far... great bike.
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