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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by bjorn_dakar, May 2, 2013.
on 2014 f800gs -a
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Took possession of a 2014 F800GSA before the year 2013 ended.
Found the bike profoundly more attractive than the same 2011 model I own.
Had the dealership switch the tires to Heidenau K60's.
I rode it off the lot.
Oversized footpegs. (bottle opener machined in.)
Enduro mode, is radically cool in the dirt. I hit the brakes on a corner on a washboard dirt road last night. The back still slides just a bit, yet the abs on the front is still working. It gives me a sense of control in a out of control situation, I never have had with any other bike.
The suspension on the 2014 F8gsa model blows away the suspension on my 2011 F8gs. I'm not experiencing spongy front forks. I am yet to test it when I catch air.
I'm not noticing a negative difference in handling of the bike due to the extra weight of the gas tank.
Also I noticed the lights are better. Unlike when I had my 2011 f8, I do not feel the need to slap on my clearwater "Glendas."
This bike is definitely an upgrade, I am not regretting.
Spent all day riding.
I am convinced without a trace of doubt, I simply Love this bike. It puts my 2011 model to shame.
So far I have nothing negative to say about the 2014 F800GSA.
And to think. I was going to buy a KTM. I'm glad I gave BMW one more chance. - "I'm dazzled."
Does anyone know what I mean? When you get on a bike and you feel exhilarated, and you can't seem to wipe the smile off your face? That kind of a bike? That is what happened to me all day. Ear to ear grins. Really pleased with this bike, so far. And the great thing is. No one else has one yet in my neck of the woods. I snapped up the only available model in my area. The only available, early release.
Just an update...back from the on and off-road trip to BMW RA Rally this last weekend in Asheville NC, so coming up on 4000kms - had first (overdue) service done at Eurosport Asheville - great shop, outstanding staff, then did some off-road and higher speed stints before heading back on the slab.
Suspension on and off road much better than my now departed 2009 and the variable electronic settings just plain work. The migrated Heidenau rubber still remains my favourite choice for all-round riding, even in the heavy rain we had on the way home.
MOD skid plate and rear rack look great and function as expected and my FAMSA tank and tank pannier set remains a good fit, even with the increased width up front. I did put the Clearwater Darla lights on for this trip (pending installation on the R1200GS Rallye) - they are a great complement to the 'improved' (it seems) stock lighting, a fact noted by others. The Cyclops LED Combination set is just overkill, but they sure turn dusk into day on clear roads.
Loaded, the Adventure is far more stable and nimble than my 2009 was in the same travel-ready state - it carries like the bigger GS but feels and handles like the lightweight it is (comparatively). The jury is still out on the whole 'Comfort Seat' thing, but I must admit that bottom and thigh support is outstanding...front to back wiggle room is nil though, unfortunately.
To steal a phrase, "I'm loving it!" Now back to the accessorizing...
I've been using the FAMSA stuff for years (and years) - all obtained from www.BikerWorldUSA.com. I actually 'customized' a surplus set of FAMSA tank panniers designed for the DL-1000 but subsequently used on all three of the R1200GSA machines that have occupied space in the garage. For adaptation purposes I had a fellow Beemer rider make a textile middle section with side zippers for the tank panniers and this panel just sits under the tank bag. The FAMSA F800GS kit has a tank pad with the side zippers for a more integrated look.
As my custom approach has worked on the Versys 650, two F800GS and now the Adventure, I still haven't purchased one of the FAMSA kits. The extra length of the tank panniers I use positioned them nicely on the wider girth of the original F800s and its an even better fit on the Adventure - the mount points and strapping provide some alternatives in securing them as well, with the main tank bag using a front neck strap and rear side mounts to down-tube points.
The tank panniers sit far enough forward (basically just covering the side logos) to allow unobstructed ducting of the warm/hot air off the radiator - needless to say the knees will not be cold during winter riding...but neither is it unbearable in 36C temperatures and traffic.
While having and getting other tank bags for use and evaluations, the FAMSA products are on all of the home fleet Beemers and remain my favourite tank bag. If you want to see how the 'custom' fitment looks on my 2009 F800GS test mule, go to here http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycles/bmw-f-800-gs/bmw-f800gs-accessories.htm
I will post some photos when possible, cheers, Bruce
I picked mine up last week. I did have the Short seat added. I have a 29 inch inseam and can get at least one foot flat on the ground with a slide slide to the side. Loving the bike but due to weather and business I haven't had time to rack up many miles. It does seem a bit top heavy with a full load of fuel but I think its just that its a tall bike. Underway its a dream and seems like its on rails!
Just looked at one yesterday here in Guatemala.
A bit taller but having the 24 L tank etc is a nice machine, still non adjustable front though ... was hoping they might have stepped that up being an adventure.
Lots of nice bits, taller screen and screen frame etc and the seat was very noice indeed
Snapped some pics, if anyone wants to see any details lemme know and I will swing em up.
Get the pics up.
Ok, my observations, sorry if they are doubled up from previous info.
Differences I noticed on the floor.
Tank side fairings wider
Air intakes have grills to stop goats going down the holes
Bum is wider due to bigger tank
Forks still none adjustable
Back suspension is electronically controlled
Seat is awesome shape, not sure on long run but looks very good
Screen is fixed position
Screen has frame to hold it
Has ABS, rep said traction control and susp (rear) adjustment
Adv is notably taller than std, taller than our KTM950SE (which I have lowered)
Factory crash bars mounted to engine cases, not sure that is a great idea
Two piece rear brake pad for standing and sitting position
LED aux lights
There was a spider on the sidestand which they said they would throw in for free
I found out last week that if you want the ESA option, you're going to have to wait.
The dealership's sales manager said they aren't making any ESA-equipped bikes at the moment (unknown why they stopped) and production with this option won't resume until sometime in August. This means that delivery won't be until close-to, or well into the fall. All other options are available and I can have a non-ESA-equipped bike now (no thanks, said I).
This may only apply to Canada and the other "smaller" markets (i.e. not the US or Europe).
Does this one have cruise control, or is that only the GS 1200's?
Cruise control would be sweet for laying down the miles.
Do you have adrs in New Zealand ?
Or can you import a bike from anywhere and register it?
After much deliberation....I picked one up yesterday. Loving it so far!
As mentioned in my other thread, my only complaint is the loud buffeting behind the screen. Maybe it's just something I have to get used to. I have no frame of reference, as I've never ridden a regular f800gs. I just know its MUCH quieter when I'm standing.
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Took mine out for a test ride!
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Yes. Those are my wet smelly socks on the windscreen.
If you buy one of these tents where you house your bike nice and close while you sleep, - be sure to look for the directions that are printed out, connected to the carry bag. I managed to erect mine by guessing. I did pretty good, considering I was on the bank of a small cliff overlooking a river.
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Note to self: If one wishes to complete the adventure at hand, one must carry a small chainsaw. Otherwise be prepared to turn around, -as I did, as pictured above. I was not going to find "log hopping" a safe experience, fully loaded. Mmmm. Where are those "chain saw mounts" for an F800GS Adventure?
When I know what adrs means I can tell you
You can import a bike into New Zealand no problem, pay compliance and registration and you will 99% need a new headlight that shines bias left (no joke) unless bike comes from LHD country.
If you are a Kiwi out of the country for more than 21 months and have owned the bike for more than 12 month you are not even subject to GST, if you are a foreigner you will have to pay GST at 15%.
There are no duties on motorcycles or parts.
Hope this helps ..... now tell me WTF adrs means
RideApart/Hell for Leather just posted a review of of the GS Adventure. http://rideapart.com/2013/07/rideapart-review-2014-bmw-f-800-gs-adventure/
It sounds like he had some issues with the enduro setting.
Took the bike up to Cascade Creek near Durango, CO. On the slower off road sections, I completely agree with the reviewer only in that the first gear is way to tall. No biggie, just feel like I might be needing clutch pads quite often. My bike had ESA, which works like a charm. The ABS and ESC are brilliant in enduro mode, but I haven't gotten to rowdy with it yet.
I'm loving the bike. The helmet buffeting I've been bitching about maybe isn't so bad. Guess I'm getting used to it. 350 miles on the bike now, 90% on pavement.
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Hope to ride the demo tomorrow.
If it works for me, all I'll need are the Touratech mounts for the Zaga Pro bags I have on my GSA (which are most likely not available yet).
Then the F800 farkling. It never ends.
Sorry Australian design rules. Us Australians can't import a bike from anywhere and register it.
So the bike might be perfectly legal in nz, eu or USA but if no ADR compliance plate then zero registration. Unique Australian idea to make bikes 'safer'.
Where is Australia?
Yes an Ozzie guy was keen on buying my old MH900e and he tried every ave to get it done, he could import it but could not put it on the road.:eek1
My understanding now is that if the bike is imported for OZ or NZ through the dealership channels then either can go back and forth between our countries, this was to stamp out "Grey imports" from the USA as we can buy a new bike out of the USA and save about $8000.00 on what we pay on the shop floor so it is purely a commercial rip, we get raped for prices in NZ.