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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by WarLlama, Sep 23, 2008.
Man, the next BMW Canada needs a bike crashed they can count me in!
Love the peanut gallery faces!!
Wow, this bike is great on the highway, handles very smoothly, almost effortless. The fairing is so-so, it keeps the airstream off your chest and thats about it, but in a dualsport you shouldn't expect more, so for its size it does alright.
The engine is very responsive, twist the throttle and you get going right quick and its quiet, on the highway you can't even hear it unless you crank it. Ran the bike over some highway repair zones where the pavement is all chewed up in preparation for new asphault and it hardly noticed, whereas my old FJ1200 would ride the grooves with the front tire shimmying side to side.
The blinker system BMW uses takes a bit of getting used to, I have inadvertantly twisted the throttle trying to cancel one or the other and accidentally beeped the horn when trying to hit the left signal, I'm sure once I'm over the learning curve this will become second nature.
The on board computer took a while to figure out my gas usage and kilometers to go, about 200 kms before it told me anything useful. Got about 350 kms out of the first tank before filling up, figure you could reach about 390 or so before running dry. There is no reserve, just the highly accurate (I hope) computer telling you how far you can go and when you should fill up, one good reason to get the OBC, without it you would have to keep it all in your mind and of course you would screw up sooner or later and find yourself on the side of the road with no gas in the tank. Get the OBC, I almost didn't but I see why you should now.
The low beam headlight is pretty good, good spread, well lit up. Didn't get a chance to use the highbeam out in the country in a dark area to see how good that was. The lowered seat, which BMW put on the bike even though I wanted the normal one, isn't too comfortable, seeing how its a lowered seat just by removing padding. Can't wait to get the normal one.
Haven't had a chance to try it in the dirt or gravel yet.
Thats it, thats my new bike report.
I am also waiting to take delivery of a bike which apparently will have the lowered seat (which I don't need). My understanding is that it's just a question of swapping the seat once a standard height seat can be ordered.
Odd this is considered a "factory option" in the brochure, since if you can just swap the seat this could easily be done aftermarket. I was a bit worried about accepting a "lowered seat" model if it's got other stuff that's different (I am 6'3") but it seems that the lowered suspension is not an option on the 800GS so I should be safe.
Can someone confirm that it's just a question of swapping the seat? Thanks!
Looking forward to getting the beast...
Well, certainly the lowered seat can be swapped out for the standard seat, there is no fitment issues. But I suspect you are expecting the dealer to just exchange the seats for free, since you consider it "odd" that it is also a factory option. I have seen magazine tests and blurbs on this bike where they state that a low seat is available at no extra charge. While it is true that either seat can be had from the factory without a cost difference this only applies to the bike AS IT IS BUILT. Unless things are done differently by dealers where you are (Wherever that is, fill out your profile, noob), you probably will be purchasing the standard seat.
Thanks for the info - the dealer agreed to swap the seat for no charge. I should make sure I have this in writing somewhere...
Also thanks for the gentle reminder about my profile info (I am from Montreal, will add some profile info).
Not another Montrealer waiting for an F800......maybe you should cancel your order so I can move up the list.
I really like this bike. I have a R1200GS and the 800 is a lot more nimble than the 1200. Also the suspension work very well in rough, mud and sand. Very good power too. I even think about buying one....
The damages was not too much considering what they did with the bike. It look like a very strong bike. Only a couple of plastics, the headlight and a side cover was damaged. If the bike had some good crash, the damages would have been much less important.
Hello fellow Montrealer!
This should probably either go in a separate thread on 800GS's in Montreal, or in the already existing 800GS in Canada thread but anyway...
What dealer (or should I say which of the two dealers) did you order through?
I got the following stories:
Moto Internationale: there are about ten bikes already on their way, all of which have already been bought. If I ordered a bike last week we were looking at November production for January delivery.
Évasion (Sherbrooke): pretty much the same as Moto Internationale. Any orders placed these days would be November production for 2009 delivery.
Monette: Originally claimed one 800GS was coming in next week (the week of Oct. 6) and was available for purchase if I put a deposit down. This was changed to "we got a memo from BMW saying that the 800GS's would be arriving within 20 days". Apparently all the incoming bikes have the low seat option for some reason, but dealer claimed this could be swapped no problem and at no cost (I am 6'3"). I put a deposit, and hope the 20 day window holds. I'd like to get some riding in this season, but I know this is probably not the right reason on which to base a purchasing decision. Problem is I've been delaying a decision over whether to get a second family car for ages and in the end decided to get a nice bike instead (plus a communauto subscription and metro pass).
Good luck with your order - this thing is turning out the be the freakin' iPhone of bikes... (at first I wondered if posting this info wasn't like giving secrets away to the enemy... but better if we can compare stories to clear up the inevitable confusion!)
I was told by the dealer that they will call me when they get a regular seat and swap it out, no charge, which is as it should be since I did ask for the regular seat.
No need for a seperate thread since half of Toronto is from Montreal!! My friend just called to tell me he saw the F800GS on display at MotoInter last week. Too bad they are closed on Mondays. I'm scheduled for Feb 15 pick up but the bike should be here in Jan. Don't really care as long as I have it for next summer. Not in a huge hurry since I don't want to pay right away and I'm putting my winter tires on my Ural anyways...
Yeah, the turn signal system is a bit different on the BMWs, but I actually like it better than the "normal" system. My biggest problem is going between my Buell and BMW. The first couple of minutes after changing bikes are always a challenge trying to remember where the indicator buttons are.
Congrats on the new ride. Looks like an awesome bike.
That Toronto BMW bike showroom is the cats ass