necessary F800GS Mods

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by alexisan, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. alexisan

    alexisan Been here awhile

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    Hi guys,
    I am about to buy a F800GS. All stock and pretty borring.
    So mods are needed. Would be great to get some info from you.

    - exhaust: I would like to have something compact, light, reasonably priced and most of all short (dont like if the pipes stick out too much)

    - Heidenau K60 Scout: Where do I get them with a good price tag

    - GS-Decals: Where do I get those oversized GS Letters from?

    - Headlight Protector: best looking one?

    - Tag-Holder: looks ugly, anybody good ideas how to slim that area?

    Thanks a lot, Alex
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  2. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    I would classify none of those as "must haves" and all "nice to haves" with the exception of the tires which is entirely personal preference.

    For me, the "essential" mods have been the Brittania Composites fairing/adjustable windscreen and the comfort seat. Additionally engine guards and metal skid plate.
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  3. grndzr0

    grndzr0 its Ground Zero

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    +1

    I don't have the comfort seat, but I have an air-hawk pad, which is very comfortable at a cheaper price. Depends on what you want.

    Ryan
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  4. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    Where are planning to ride? It makes a big difference. My first concern was keeping the bike safe when I drop it. S/W engine bars and bark busters. I got a poly headlight protector, once I found out how much a replacement light cost. Mine is from Hyde racing, but I think Touratech makes a better one. My skid plate is aluminum reinforced poly from Hyde racing. Cheap, tucks closely to the engine and covers more of it, but requires some fabrication. Tall bike, short legs required a different seat. I modified the stock one. Lower, less slope and gets comfortable one you get a lot of miles on it. A laminar lip for the windshield works for me.


    Ride more off road? the list gets longer. I widened and lengthened the foot pegs, but I have a cheap welder. The suspension needs work. 3 spring changes and a Bitubo cartridge in the front and still a work in progress. Re sprung the rear, maybe aftermarket later. I have a rear shock brace. I like Indy's kit better. An accelerator module resister and G2 throttle tube to deal with low rpm fueling. Probably one of the better mods I made. A Scott's off road stabilizer. It works well, I like the feel on pavement and has saved me from a couple of dumps in silt.

    I have a carbon oval Leo Vince exhaust. I bought it for the lightness of it. I thought it made a performance difference. Sounds good anyway and allows luggage to be tucked in closer.

    Frankly, I am not all that concerned with winning best in show. I was looking for performance at the lowest cost I could find. I am happy with it.
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    officerleroy Been here awhile

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  6. alexisan

    alexisan Been here awhile

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    I will go a lot offroad. I am surprised to hear that the suspension needs work.
    I had 990 back then and was very disappointed with the forks. I bottomed out on every little jump. Will that be the same on the F8 ???
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  7. Pomo

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    Like wet noodles. The shock is much more well off in stock form, but if you get a nice set of forks it too will feel pretty mediocre.
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  8. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    I'm having the forks re-sprung with Race Tech suspension this weekend.
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  9. alexisan

    alexisan Been here awhile

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    Like wet noodles...? Common...so bottoming out all the way offroad???
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  10. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    Mine take quite the dive when I brake @ highway speeds.

    Were you actually going to buy the F800GS without a test ride?
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  11. alexisan

    alexisan Been here awhile

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    Cause I am reading only good stuff....now I am cautious....
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  12. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    Sounds like you want a dirt bike. Maybe look at the larger Husky Te bikes. Why spend 16K for a bike that ain't a dirt bike, then dump another several $K on it to make it better, but not right?

    Better yet, by the F800 as a stone road turning bike, then buy a cheaper dirt bike for when you want to bash your bike up on the trails.
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  13. alexisan

    alexisan Been here awhile

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    I have got a dr650 and a KTM 450 for the rough stuff. Some of the trails I usually ride I want to take the F8 on too. There is a couple of jumps. Wit the 990 I was constantly bottoming out..I am afraid the 800 will do the same... ??
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  14. alexisan

    alexisan Been here awhile

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    Would be great if you can share your experiences. What's the main reason you do it?
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  15. loph917

    loph917 Beard Bros Racing

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    i put the hyperpro progressive springs both front and rear. still bottomed out. complete waste of money.

    the f800 needs a complete new fork rebuilt up front. ohlins might be the way to go. but it's $$$.

    you'll also need new rims. the stock rims fold like a cheap suit at the smallest hint of anything larger than pea gravel.

    i'm curious as to your thoughts on the 990 and the bottoming out. was it a newer year? it seems to be a much better setup (on paper). i wrecked my f8 a few weeks ago and so far it isn't totaled (but its close). i'm considering making the leap from the f8 to the 990 because i think it might be better suited to my more aggressive off-road riding (oh if they only still made the 950se this conversation would be academic). it's a costly leap so i'm also considering re-working the suspension and rims (since they need to be replaced anyway). i do like the f8 and its fun to ride, just not aggressively off-road in its stock form.

    i already have a 'berg 570 for the really gnarly stuff but i've been known to go out in that same crap with the f8, at a much slower pace. these are much heavier bikes but i can't believe there isn't a suspension out there to properly suspend them so they can take a little bit of abuse and soak it up. i could also just be naive.
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  16. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    I find them mushy and not stiff enough. I was told that re-springing them can totally improve the bike's performance in turns and such. I barely do any off-roading, for me the F800 is a commuter and adventure bike for weekend rides.

    Don't get me wrong, the F800GS is an awesome bike, but just be aware of what it is...it's more of a street bike than can do off-road than a dirt bike you can ride on the street.
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  17. Ronin ADV

    Ronin ADV Gear addict

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    I have spent quite a bit of time and money rigging up my F800 for off road. I have the usual stuff (crash protection, rear shock bolt reinforcement, Scotts damper), then added pivot pegs, a custom seat shaped more like a dirt bike seat, highway dirt bike guards and lots of other minor farkles. I also have the full Ohlins conversion to the forks (the heavier NIX kit, not the TTX) and a Ohlins shock in the back. I did the front high fender / brake line conversion. Top that off with custom Woody's wheels. All in all the bike handles much better off road and can really take the abuse much better than stock. Despite that, you simply have to recognize the F800 limitations. There are some here who will disagree and say the F800 is a do everything bike but I don't think so. No matter what you change, the bike is still damn big and heavy as hell. When it starts to go, you better get out of the way. Try dropping your foot to save it and it will rip your leg off. This is not to say I don't like it in the dirt. I just view it as a fire road and moderate level dirt mule. I stopped trying to pretend it was a good single track bike on anything but the easiest of trails. That's what the WR is for. I am no fantastic off road rider, but I get out several times a week and live next to countless dirt rides. YMMV.
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  18. headstaller

    headstaller Been here awhile

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    Can you offer detail on part#/ tech specs on parts used? Thanks
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  19. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    Bottoming out? are you sure? That is a pretty stout spring at .52-.74kg, only rev tech makes one that is heavier. I thought the same until I zip tied the forks and concluded it was the cartridge tubes spiking.

    I went with Bitubo inserts, as the first available. Ran the Hyperpro's with that cartridge and found them too hard. Currently running a .55kg Ohlins.

    Not apples to oranges, as the Bitubo's are pressurized, but have managed to bottom them once. If you really are doing that, you will hear a clank that you won't miss.

    I agree with Snowy on the potential of the F800gs, but it needs mods to get into the KTM class and it will cost you near the same by the time you are done.
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  20. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    I will after I get to the shop tomorrow.
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