New Owners - Stupid Questions Thread

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by HighFive, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. digdesign

    digdesign Hack

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    Haha, fair enough. But if he has no intention of going off road I think he should at least be looking at an F650. Although, if he is concerned about how much power the F800 makes compared to the 796 the 1200GS might be better.

    Thanks, that is what I meant. I love the versatility of my F800 but there are many bikes that are better suited for asphalt touring.
  2. Hardroad

    Hardroad Been here awhile

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    Been a proud owner of a 1200GS, HD Roadking, 800GS, all will get you down the road. How you want to go is your choice. Each bike is neat in its own way. Cost of operation may not be important to you, but look at that as well as insurance cost.
    Ride often & Ride safe
    Hardroad
  3. ba_

    ba_ Long timer

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    Where can I find touch up paint to match the white paint on the plastic pieces? A tool slipped out of my hand and I made a nice gouge.
  4. zombieKILLER

    zombieKILLER Adventurer

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    Thanks guys for your suggestions. I will think about it very carefully what I really want. How tall is the F800? Im already tiptoeing on my DRZ on both sides. I would definetely not be able to reach my foot on the ground on the GS1200 & way more expensive then 800 thats why 1200 is out. :D
  5. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    1200GS has a low seat...I can even get my feet down with a low seat easier than the 800....just fyi:wink:
  6. zombieKILLER

    zombieKILLER Adventurer

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    really? I saw it & it looks tall. But the price is out of my budget. Thats why its the 800 vs 796 monster. almost same price range.
    How about maintenance? 3,000km oil change & 12,000km valve check? thats it? We dont have a BMW dealer in my area. Living in an island. Closest dealer would require me to ship it for a 24 hr boat ride to the city.
  7. RedHawk47

    RedHawk47 Adventurer

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    I had my fan quit and got a warning light - low oil pressure. The fan quit because I got a rock inside the fan shroud and it jammed the blade. The rock got there after a crash on my F8, but my buddy had the same problem on his F650GS without a crash - riding a dirt/gravel road apparently he flipped up a rock and it got in.

    Fortunately the fan is protected by the Canbus fuse system so it "pops" the circuit breaker. The breaker resets when you cycle the power, so if it is jammed it will work once the jammer is cleared.

    Can you spin the fan with your finger? If not you probably have crud inside the shroud.

    Let us know how it works out.
  8. JoelWisman

    JoelWisman Long timer

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    at least in the states, 5mm was in a bulletin that only pertained to early 09 models and only at PDI till the first service.

    3mm became the standard, not for any technical reason, but because it was noticed a chunk of the demographic that rides these bikes does not know what proper free-play feels like and how to notice when it is going out of adjustment. Therefore, free-play adjustment was specd for 3mm as it is likely to be ok between 6000 mile services.

    In reality, .01mm to 11mm is fine so long as this range is never exceeded at any point during operation.
  9. Ronin ADV

    Ronin ADV Gear addict

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    I own a F800GS and a Ducati Hypermotard 796. One reason I bought the Hyper over other Ducati models I tested (including the Monster) is that it is more comfortable to me due to the upright riding posture. Even so, after a few hours, not so much fun. I would definitely not want to spend long hours touring in the drop down position on the Monster. The F800 on the other hand is my touring bike. Mine has been modified with more of a dirt bias but I still ride hours of pavement to get to the dirt on many of my recent trips. I also use the F800 around town a lot. I find its a great tourer / general purpose bike. Not rocket fast, but quick enough. I routinely cruise up to 80mph and also corner pretty hard and it handles this with ease, even with full panniers, TKC's and a smaller front sprocket. I agree with the above posts that there are probably more comfortable road-only tourers (maybe even a V-strom) in this price range. For short trips and Hooligan cornering, Ducati is the stuff. And while I love every Ducati I have ever been on, I just dont generally think of them as touring bikes (except maybe the Multistrada which I have not ridden).
  10. zombieKILLER

    zombieKILLER Adventurer

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    WW Ronin, thanks for your insight. The BMW really is a more practical bike then the monster since it can go to other places where there are no asphalt roads & still be comfortable to ride. Are there low seats available? im only 5 7 & I think I will have a hard time on stops. :D
  11. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do

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    In an effort to help out New Owners...
    I just installed a BoosterPlug and wow! Best upgrade yet.
    (O.K. the bashplate was pretty cool to.)
    No more hesitation and the twitchy throttle is all but gone.
    Slow off-road is much more manageable.
    There are other brands that achieve the same result and threads that discuss this at length... bottom line this idea works:clap.
    Must admit I was nervous sending $150 out with no test drive...
    My fellow local owners have had a test and have sent $$$$:lol3.
    Cheers,
    S.
  12. Manventure

    Manventure Been here awhile

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    First one I think I have researched enough to have my own answer but is 20mm the tallest risers you can put on the 650 without having to screw with new brake/clutch lines?

    Second. It seems pretty clear everyone recommends Chevron gas to keep those injectors clean but what about the octane? Just putting regular in them?
  13. lmclamore

    lmclamore Citation Collector

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    Yep and Yep
  14. Moto4Balance

    Moto4Balance Gas Passer

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    Based on a recent thread (link), I just discovered this supplier of BMW paint:

    http://www.colorrite.com/matrix-colors.cfm?CFID=3857269&CFTOKEN=42245252

    I’ve never used the paint, so I can’t comment on quality or colour match.
  15. ba_

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  16. Moto4Balance

    Moto4Balance Gas Passer

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    Happy to hear I was able to help. Will be interested to hear how well the colour match works out for you.
  17. DaBen

    DaBen On the road til furt

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    So tomorrow at 5am I leave to go get my New(to me) F800GS.

    Now for my Questions.
    1. I will most likely need a seat. I am Heading to Oregon in July and will be on highway 99.9% or the time. Thinking Seat Concepts but just not sure yet. The price is intriguing for sure.

    2. With this trip I am thinking tires too. I'm think Shinko 705 but want to hit the dirt once I'm out there. The bike has TKC80 on it now. I was thinking of shipping them to my Dad's place(Oregon) for when I get out there.

    Thoughts and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
  18. Snowy

    Snowy Long timer

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    My handgrips are looking a bit worn. Particularly the left one (clutch hand and all that).

    Being heated, BMW naturally wants AUS$274 each.

    Heating is essential, as I live in the cold parts. So are there any alternatives that don't require major wiring alterations etc?

    I am an electrician, but I'm a really lazy one. If it needs wiring, it'll probably either never get done, or get done dodgy.
  19. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Here is a good ideas post from yetigs. There is also a post somewhere on fitting fat grips - takes a similar approach.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11442573&postcount=20
  20. itsatdm

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    When I added my throttle tamer I replaced my grip with one meant for one of the K bikes. $9.99. Like Yeti's photo, you can replace them by very carefully cutting the old grip with a very sharp knife or razor. Do not cut all the way through. After you have sliced the grip you can tear it with your hands and replace. As long as you don't cut the heating element is is straightforward.