1,000 so far

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by johnparjr, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. johnparjr

    johnparjr Been here awhile

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    06305505-A143-401B-A37C-18D365FF7851.jpeg AB306308-E89B-40A6-9CE7-6926EE3E4C92.jpeg 96E5EF28-E0BC-4210-B842-EAD7407F62A8.jpeg 27A3509A-ABF0-4C73-B3DF-83113428ABFC.jpeg Just hit a 1,000 on the odometer and I’ll say so far I’m loving the F850GS. The poser delivery is smoother than my previous F800GS and I really like all the extra electronics sometimes it might be too much info but I like it.

    Out in the foothills right now
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  2. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    Since I just made a snarky comment on the 850GS review that Motorcyclist published, I guess I should go right to the source of my snark...


    My question was, who buys a $17K 850cc Adv bike?

    Don't get me wrong, everything I read about the bike sounded fantastic. I was ready to throw a leg over one first chance I got. Then I got to the end of the article...$16,900 as reviewed. Say what! Now I know nothing about the parallel twin line of BMW motorcycles. I was always a flat twin guy. I expected the price of this to be no more than $13K tops.

    I guess my main point is, I personally can't justify this machine when I can get a 1200 for damn near the same money.

    So seriously, what am I not getting? And I swear I'm not being snarky here, just trying to learn a bit.
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  3. johnparjr

    johnparjr Been here awhile

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    for me I wasn’t concerned about the price this is going to be the last bike I buy and will ride it for a long time. I don’t like the 1200 too big for what I want but I can see what your saying.
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  4. farqhuar

    farqhuar Human guinea pig

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    How much of the high price for the 850 vs. the 1200 is due to people being prepared to pay for being first on the block with the new toy?
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  5. Pch123

    Pch123 Bar Crossings

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    It is called market forces. If people dont buy them, the price wont be that high, but i bet they will buy it.
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  6. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this! Super Supporter

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    Amen. A motorcycle is only worth what someone is willing to pay.

    Some new bike models (Tenere, Africa Twin, etc.) sit on dealer floors for years and end up selling at 25% off. I recently test drove a ‘16 Ducati 1200 Enduro and it was marked down to $17,200.


    And to johnparjr: I get it. I have both the 800GS and the 1200GSW in the garage. I usually ride the 800 for some reason....
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  7. johnparjr

    johnparjr Been here awhile

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    I just say buy/ride whatever makes you happy the price is the price. This bike puts a smile on my face and that’s all I need
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  8. Strawdog

    Strawdog Strawdog

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    Its so clean " Wheres the dirt and scratches " bought 2012 new slide it down a gravel in the first 50 miles.

    Nice looking bike i would not buy one not because of the price, but the electronics.
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  9. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day. Supporter

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    As mentioned here the price is stupid high, IMHO, and even though my 800 has 80000 miles I won't be buying a new 850 anytime soon.

    And as the OP said I don't like the bigger bikes either. And as the OP said just buy what makes you happy, I agree with that, you earn your money spend it how you want.

    Now the thing a take issue with is "this is going to be the last bike I buy". :jack Ha do you have a terminal illness or something?:fpalm
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  10. bikeymikey70

    bikeymikey70 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I’ve just bought a F750GS, and to compare prices, its $6K Aus more than a V strom 650, which is a similar bike (ADV sports). However, for your 6K, you get more ponies, more tech, switchable ABS and TC, quick shifter, phone integration, LED lights all round, a centre stand, and a TFT display, so IMO worth the extra $$$
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  11. Pch123

    Pch123 Bar Crossings

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    If not a rude Question how much on the road?
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  12. bikeymikey70

    bikeymikey70 Been here awhile Supporter

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    No worries, $19,400 with TFT, plastic bash plate, and the 2 packages
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  13. Tigershark48

    Tigershark48 My other BMW is a Roadster.

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    He forgot the qualifier “barring any temptation that may come along”.
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  14. satur9

    satur9 angry black guy

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    The base model would be a few grand cheaper. However you would have to order one. Most of them will be shipped out with premium packages.. that's why the higher prices.
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  15. Tigershark48

    Tigershark48 My other BMW is a Roadster.

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    Ordering one from BMW puts you at the bottom of their worldwide queue, which is also determined by scheduled production runs of various configurations. It could take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. If you live in a cold off season climate, that could be a good thing.
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  16. bikeymikey70

    bikeymikey70 Been here awhile Supporter

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    3 months wait in Oz for a factory build, mine was in stock as it had all the packages
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  17. Daechir

    Daechir Adventurer

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    I've got mine for a week now. Full Option exclusive with the vario cases and some extras. I paid over €18000 for it and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I also helps that I can deduct it from my taxes. So in the end it's closer to €9000. The bike is great, totaly different engine compared to the F800 and R1200. I love the gear ranges, very fun at the stoplight and chill on the motorway. I only have 400km on it so I still need to take it easy. And the electronics are fantastic. I know this is a concern for some people but in Europe we got road side assistance from BMW( as long as they do the maintenance) so I'm not bothered. In spring i'm starting the off road courses so I can use the motorcycle to it's full potential.
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  18. Tigershark48

    Tigershark48 My other BMW is a Roadster.

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    BMW North America also provides a 3 year warranty with roadside assistance. Best coverage out there. I have it on my 2017 F700. Typically electronics fail fairly early, so the warranty should get owners through any infant mortality. Hopefully the protection won’t be needed. Zero issues to date on my BMW.
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