New 800GS owner with questions

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  1. LimeRider

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    Greetings to all of you! This site seems to be filled with helpful people and an excellent source of information.
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    My new F 800GS should be ready to be picked up by the weekend. I do have several bikes; the closest to this is a 2006 KLR 650. However, I am new to BMW and I have a few questions.

    $190.00 for a battery charger??? I see BMW chargers for sale on eBay for $70.00, is there any reason to buy a charger from the dealer?

    Bottom skid plate and engine protection bars? I live in a rural area, and I expect to take this bike off road often. To me, the bottom plate makes good sense, but it is not clear to me what the bars would save. The engine on the 800 is tucked away inside the frame.

    Brush guards, do these do anything strange at high speeds?

    Any of you familiar with the &#8220;protective 7 year warranty&#8221;? It would allow me to take the bike to any ASCE certified repair shop for warranty work. Normally, I stick with the OEM warranties&#8230;but the closest BMW dealer to me is a 5 hour ride.

    I do not have the manual yet, but I expect there is a recommended 600 mile check up or something. Is it imperative that this be performed by a BMW dealer? Again, it would be a 5 hr ride back to nearest dealer.
    Thanks in advance for any advice offered.
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  2. dialdn

    dialdn Been here awhile

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    Thread should probably be moved here
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  3. Maddaddy

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    Welcome to the world of BMW.:D There are plenty of things that my dealer sells that I consider "over priced" and don't hesitate to by elsewhere. I usually tell my dealer that I found the same product for cheaper and that helps them in being competitive. There are somethings that are worth the price, such as riding gear ect. ect.

    As for crash bars; just about anyone here will tell you they are worth it. There are plenty of after market products that are cheaper and better the BMW. I personally like "Adventure Spec" protection products for my 800. Those cute plastic side panels over the air intake are probably about $400.00 each. It'll save you money in cosmetics.

    Your 600 mile service usually comes included in the price of purchasing the bike. Let em do it. When I brought mine in they also found the steering head bearing were a bit loose. Would you have checked that?

    Best of Luck!
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  4. GB

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    Buy a battery tender and hook it up straight to the battery, much cheaper and does the same thing.

    Moved to Beasts where F800GS talk happens. GSpot is about the boxer GS.
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  5. Bike4Fun

    Bike4Fun Smooth IS Fast

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  6. huckleberry

    huckleberry BACK ROAD BOMBER

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    i like the bmw skid plate cause it covers the cat converter and to my knowledge its the only 1 that does ----everything else aftermarket
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  7. LimeRider

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    Wow, thanks for all the timely responses! What all is included with the "adventure spec"? I have been reading posts here and it sounds like the bike comes factory with street tires...

    Thanks,
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  8. KLRscoob

    KLRscoob Been here awhile

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    Go for the BMW skidplate, take a look at the location of the oil filter, better safe than sorry, the engine gaurds are just a precaution, heaven forbid you drop it, they will hopefully save some of the damage. I let the dealer do my first service as well, they caught the headset bearings as well and I would have not looked a wink at them. I utilized the BMW factory accessories, they just always seem to mount up without a hitch and the quality is top notch. I hope you have a great time with a great bike. Happy riding. Congrats!
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  9. Bigem

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    I bought a "BMW type" battery charger from ebay for less than $50 and its great. I use it on my R1100S and the F800GS.

    On the F8, I fitted a fused auxilary power socket on the other side of the ignition switch and its hard wired directly to the battery with very heavy gauge wire. I use this socket for the battery charger. Its simple and works. Cost less than $20.
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  10. LimeRider

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    Bigem, I did something similiar on my KLR. Any chance you have a pic of how you mounted it?

    Thanks
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  11. Bigem

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    I will see what I can do. Camera in hand!!
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    This shot of fused socket.

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    This shot of wiring.

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    Not much to it but its reliable and wont catch fire. The wire gauge needs to be very heavy! I use this socket for charging my mobile, running the GPS etc
    Hope this helps
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  13. LimeRider

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    Thanks for the pics! Looks factory! Thanks for the tip, I hope you don't mind if I copy your design. Great idea...
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  14. Bigem

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    Go for your life my friend. I picked up the all the bits from my local auto store and it took all of about 30 minutes to do the job. Let us know how you go.
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  15. rspa

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    check out farkle fab, h.d. 3/16" alum. I have the skid plate still no bike.
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  17. LimeRider

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    nice post, thank you!
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  18. Bigem

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    Can you charge the battery through this BMW system socket?
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  19. JRWooden

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    You can charge the battery thru the standard "cigarette lighter" only with the $100+ BMW charger. That's because the cigarette lighter (and the GPS plug) are connected to the CAN-Bus so it takes a smart BMW charger to tell the CAN-Bus to "let it past" and charge the battery, sorry no $25 "Battery Tender" type chargers allowed :cry

    The most common alternatives I have seen are to:

    1) Wire an SAE or Gerbing "pigtail" from the battery to come out beside the seat.
    Here is one example of that:

    http://www.powerletproducts.com/product/coax-battery-lead-standard-duty-15-amp-26/196

    You might want to do that so you have a plug for heated vest or whatever anyway...

    2) Rewire the "stock" BMW plug directly to the battery avoiding the CAN-Bus

    3) Replace the stock plug with a US cigarette lighter plug wired directly to the battery. Which might be handy if you wanted to plug in other stuff with US cigarette plug.

    4) put a 2nd plug in the style of your choice in the other side of the center fairing wired to the battery directly and use that one.
    (location for 2nd plug shown here)

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    The Powerlet site has the right goodies for any of those options.

    http://www.powerletproducts.com

    Jim
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  20. Grantzilla

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    I would get the skid plate right away if you plan on off-roading much. I have a big ding in my lower pipes from a rock hit off-roading. The stock skid plate doesn't cover jacks**t. The oil cooler also got chipped up from rocks hitting it. A good skid plate will protect this too.

    I also got crash bars after seeing what just a standing still tip over does to the plastic radiator guards.

    Handguards are always a good idea and I've got them due in before I learn the hard way like I did with the other 2 items.
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