New F800GS ADVENTURE!!!

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by bjorn_dakar, May 2, 2013.

  1. speed_racer

    speed_racer Been here awhile

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    Everything about it is great.. It really doesn't feel as heavy as it is and the crash bar design is awesome same as the suspension, with the f650 and 800's a lot of people swap out the springs and everything (which I didnt bother but I knew if i kept it, I would of as it was bottoming out all the time..) The KTM suspension is fantastic, real progressive and some would say a bit stiff.. I like it though, same as tracking your lines and giving a real point and shoot steering characteristic.

    Now if we go down the engine path all i can say is, it will make you grin ear to ear and shit yourself at the same time, every time you open the throttle. :)

    The little problems people whinge about are nothing compared to what it offers.. (Eg: heat from under the seat) My only problem is I don't have enough time to ride it while I'm working to pay for it.. lol...

    Did you have any adv bike before the GSA?
  2. speed_racer

    speed_racer Been here awhile

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    wow.. didn't know that about Fanta.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanta

    almost as much of a shock as it was to hear hitler was austrian.. hehe
  3. rmhrc628

    rmhrc628 Long timer

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    Rip poor little bike

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  4. Sfladvrider

    Sfladvrider Mr.n00b

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    sounds like a great bike . we don't have it in the states yet :(

    No..this is my first adventure bike . I've always had street bikes , I just traded in my '12 cbr600rr for it and lost some money but gained more rideability. I live in south florida which as im starting to find out isn't that good for off road riding ( all the spots you can go are illegal) you have to drive an hour to get to a spot thats legal yet alright.

    but i still love my choice, my girlfriend will finally get on the bike without bitching cause the seats comfy. Im trying to work her up to going on a road trip.


  5. ducpilot

    ducpilot Been here awhile

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    I think I will stick with the old school F800GS adventure :evil

    now I just need to swap in the newer 6.3 gal tank to take me to 11.5 gal:deal

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  6. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    best looking adventure so far in this thread :clap
  7. speed_racer

    speed_racer Been here awhile

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    Hey Mate..

    hahaha roadtrip? Yeah I've been trying for 2 years now.. Although she likes the KTM's better, its still a 'maybe' answer whenever i suggest a roadtrip.

    When I did the switch from a full fairing 250cc to the BMW I've never looked back, the only thing i was missing was I like to hoon around a little, pop some wheelies etc.. (not that they pop high and carry on for long hehe) So I was contemplating the BMW s1000rr or a f800GSA.. couldnt decide.. So KTM it was.. hehe

    I doubt ill ever buy a sports bike again.. that feeling of sand, mud hill climbs and stuff is great!

    Have you ridden a trail bike before? or just jumped straight on the adventures?
  8. GPHusky250

    GPHusky250 Been here awhile

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    Took the new F800GSA up to Palomar Mountain (California) today via Nate Harrison Grade. All pretty healthy uphill, gravel, rocks and areas of old asphalt. Had to ride fairly conservatively since I wasn't sure how the stock tires were going to perform...and they did OK, but didn't push it for fear of losing traction.

    Offroad, I usually ride a 210lb 70s 250 Husqvarna. Big difference :)

    When I purchased my R1200RT two years ago it took about 6-7K miles to get used to it. I suspect the F800GSA will take some getting used to as well.

    Overall a fun little trip, but I was happy to get back on the pavement because of those stock tires. Not sure which ones to replace them with.



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  9. speed_racer

    speed_racer Been here awhile

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    I would argue the post 13' f800 is a better looking adventure bike and the gsa is a +1 on top of that..

    Prefer the look of the fatter gsa over the touratech tank..

    But this is all personal preference :)
  10. speed_racer

    speed_racer Been here awhile

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    Nice pics.

    In regards to tyres, Im not sure if you US Folk get Mitas tyres over there, But I had a set of TKC80's, Mitas E-10's and Mitas E09 Dakar's on mine when I had it and the TKC80 and E10's were great but wore quickly, I was worried about the knobby feel with going for the E09 but once they were on, I was suprised it felt better than the others and provided better grip in the soft stuff and last the longest as well..

    So IMHO, Mitas E-09 Dakars for that bike, Thats what ill fit to my KTM when I go off road as well :p
  11. Sfladvrider

    Sfladvrider Mr.n00b

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    I had a crf230 when i lived in hawaii but thats about the extent of my trail riding

  12. speed_racer

    speed_racer Been here awhile

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    arr nice one... I've heard nothing but good things about the bmw off road training course.. but its a different country so I would expect it to be totally different over there.
  13. G-Mac

    G-Mac Been here awhile

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    Good to hear. That's what's going on mine next. Currently running E07 Dakar rear and E10 Dakar front. I like them and the E07 is wearing fantastic. But I want a little more traction when off roading.
  14. Sfladvrider

    Sfladvrider Mr.n00b

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    I would love to come down there and ride across Australia , must be beautiful

    Ride out Mad Max Style
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  15. speed_racer

    speed_racer Been here awhile

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    arrhahaha.. yeah, likewise for me, id love to head over there and go for a spin through arizona and up to alaska ;) I think your scenery would be better hehe ;)
  16. AirforceGSRider244

    AirforceGSRider244 Hardcore adventurer

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    I had the option to buy the F800 GS Adventure or the F800 GS 2013. I opted to get the 2013 F800 GS. Id rather have a proven model F800 then a first year GSA. know what im saying. plus i got CAMEL tank on my F800 so i can go just as far on my 800 as the Adventure 800. look into the Camel tank option. pretty freaking awesome.

    :dllama

    http://www.camel-adv.com/
  17. BMWPE

    BMWPE Adventurer

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    I took the 800 ADV out on demo 2 weeks ago

    Loved it so much I bought the demo bike :raabia
  18. speed_racer

    speed_racer Been here awhile

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    Nice one.. congrats mate!
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    Rode mine home this week and parked it next to the RT, best of both worlds now. The wind hasn't been under 25 mph this week so riding it instead of the RT has added new meaning to into the wind. It is a lot easier to maneuver and I think I"m going to like it. I had an F650 GS for a while and always regretted selling it. Oh yeah, my attack dog likes to ride on it as well. [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
  20. MplsMoto

    MplsMoto Wheels

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    So far. I've had the bike for a few weeks and absolutely love it. I'm leaving for 3 months in a week and a half (to Costa Rica).

    Installed so far:

    BMW hard cases.
    AltRider bash guard and radiator grille.
    Touratech kickstand platform, headlight guard and radiator brace.
    Bags Connection Road bag, locking system, dual cig hardware (too small - need GSA specific bag).
    Rear Fender inner-extender.
    Wunderlich 20mm bar riser (Touratech risers didn't work)

    Coming this week.

    Garmin Montana GPS
    Spot3
    PDM60
    Wolfman Med Expedition Dry Duffel and PacSafe 85

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