New bike for me

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by jengel451, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. jengel451

    jengel451 1 Cool MotherF#$cker

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    Picked up a '13 800gs yesterday and trucked it home. Got a chance to ride it about 30 miles today, was a chilly 35 and the roads had a nice coating of de-icer and sand on them. Made for some nice slides.

    When I got the bike I got the Rally seat right away as that's what everyone pretty much demanded I changed right away. Done.

    Background: Ridden XR's, WR's, Vintage, New, Ducati's, Aprilia's, Honda's (including an early veradero), I've road raced, dirt biked, dual sported and toured.
    Me: 6'4 205 pounds of manliness.

    Initial impressions:
    Motor: Smooth as silk, linear power, feels like a torque monster. Throttle seems a bit snatchy down low. we'll see if that smooths out as it breaks in.

    Suspension:
    Soft and the front end feels a lot like the RC51 did when it came out. Totally vague and you never know what it's doing. (That's gonna get fixed ASAP)

    Windscreen:
    I've read all the complaints, honestly, the little I did ride at 70-80 it didn't feel all that bad, but that was only 5 miles in distance. I tried to really pay attention to the buffeting and it really wasn't all that bad. I've had worse for sure.

    One thing that really popped into my mind as a red flag is the passenger pegs. Who in the hell would design welded on mounts like that? I messed around a little bit and already nailed my right calf on the rear peg. It's a in a horrible spot and getting rid of it will take an angle grinder...which i'm seriously contemplating.

    Next on the list:
    Suspension
    Hand guards
    Tires
    skid plate
    GL bag
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  2. BELSTAFF

    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    Take a look at Moto Overland Development for the skid plate (outstanding) and K60's or a combo of a super mefo rear & tkc 80 front for true 60/40 tires, good mileage unless changing tires is you passion.

    Konflicked Motorsports for the suspension.

    Hiwaydirt Bikes for the hand guards

    If none of that trips you trigger, then I got nothing --N joy the ride
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  3. jengel451

    jengel451 1 Cool MotherF#$cker

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    I've got some things in the works for the suspension, i'll be reporting back on that in a couple weeks or so.

    Oh yeah, this has got the be the EASIEST bike I've ever had to get on the center stand!
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