Hide your keys F800GS

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by locopostie, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. locopostie

    locopostie Been here awhile

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    I had just returned home from a trip
    down to the four corners area of the US

    I was speaking to my brother, who had ordered
    the new F800GS
    It had just arrived, but he had to head off to work
    He would be gone for a week, and his new bike
    would just be sitting in his garage
    What a shame
    I still had two weeks left of my holidays
    and, the best thing was
    I knew were he hid his keys
    Hmmm I thought to myself
    this might be fun

    I loaded my car with what I thought I would need for a week
    and at four in the morning
    headed south

    I arrived in Durango CO early evening the next day
    I checked my mesages
    and found out that my brother was
    on "casing break"
    He was not at work, but at Steamworks pub
    enjoying a pint
    Dam!

    I went straight to his house to check out the bike
    Opened the garage
    nothing
    it was empty
    I knew that he would not ride to the pub
    so, I called him to inquire about how he was liking his new ride
    I found out that he was having some TKC-80s put on
    as the stockers were not that great offroad
    I said bring beer when you come home
    (He brought pizza as well)
    Sometimes its great to have family

    The next day we went to pick up his bike
    He was having the tires mounted at
    Basin Motor Works
    they also checked the bike over top to bottom
    We talked to the owner(Harry)
    for a while
    Great guy, with a ton of bike knowledge

    My brother let Harry take it for a rip
    he liked the power

    Meanwhile, with my helmet in hand
    I waited

    Once on the bike, it took a bit to get use to the throttle response
    It is very sharp
    Out on the road, I came to loath the stock windshield
    At my height 5.11 it focuses the wind right at my head
    With the new shoes on the bike
    I went to find some dirt, to get rid of the slickness
    Once I hit the gravel
    I fell in love with this bike
    I spent hours playing around on trails
    and in a closed construction site
    Coming down a steep trail I did find it to be
    kind of tall in the gearing for first

    The next day I decided to do a trip that I did not have time for
    when I had been in the area before

    I would start in Durango head north on the 550
    turn at the ski hill on to Hermosa park rd
    and then head cross country over to hwy 145
    From there up to Telluride, over to Ridgway
    then down through Ouray and Silverton and back to Darango
    on the million dollar hwy

    What a day I picked to ride

    Once on the dirt I started to have fun
    the road took me up past the ski lifts
    to a valley at the back side of the hill


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    It does not show in this photo, but there are lifts going up
    the left side of this shot


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    One of the small fords that I had to cross
    There was a much larger one later
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    that I would not like to do in the spring


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    For the most part I was riding on these smooth
    red dirt roads


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    When wet, these roads would be hell
    There were still a few ruts from the last storm travelers

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    There was nothing very steep, but it was a steady climb

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    Great views once I was up a short way

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    Still in the red dirt

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    It is hard to take a bad photo if this bike


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    I was over 11,000 feet at this point

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    It had snowed a number of days before
    most of the snow had melted
    but, in the shaded areas there was ice

    This is a shot just after the bike went out from under me
    I was moving slow
    I put my foot out to catch the fall
    there was noting to grip, so bike and me go down

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    A lot more ice after this, but no crashes

    Once I lost some altitude no snow or ice
    Woo Hoo
    Back on the throttle

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    Yellow and red

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    Almost out to hwy 145

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    This is where I met the hwy

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    Once on the hwy I settled in for some fast cruising

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    Heading up to a pass
    before the decent to Telluride

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    Just out side of Ridgway looking south
    Where I stop for a burrito
    Yum

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    I was having so much fun
    I forgot to take photos
    till Ouray

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    Downtown Ouray

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    From a view point, just south of town

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    Now up to the pass

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    Along this stretch
    no guardrails
    Just a HUGE drop off

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    The painted line IS the edge of the road

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    Looking back towards Ouray

    This stream runs through some mineral beds
    picking up this lovely color

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    I am loving the power of this bike

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    Nearing the top of the pass

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    It was quite cold at the top of pass
    Thank god for heated grips

    This is just above Silverton

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    The view Jesus gets of Silverton

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    Downtown Silverton

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    The light was fading so I made some quik miles
    till just outside Durango

    This mound has been formed by mineral waters

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    What a great ride, I really like the F800GS
    Off road it feels like a big enduro
    On road it has lot of power, and handles the corners well
    Once one adapts it to your style of riding
    It will be a great bike
    (I did not do any hard off road stuff, but I believe that the platform for that is there)

    Now all I have to do, is give the keys back :(
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  2. ABeef

    ABeef Adventurer

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    Thanks for the scratches, er I mean ride report.

    The BIG GS windshield will be on her before the end of the month:clap. The crash bars are order as well - should have ordered them before your report:cry.

    Don't worry there is a s--tload of green chiles in the freezer as well as all the fish beer as you can stomach. God Bless Durango.:freaky
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  3. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    It looks like you got it dirty for him... and gave it some battle scars!! Thanks for the report and great pics :thumb
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  4. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do

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    Has your brother checked the odometer yet? :lol3


    Looks like perfect country for the bike. :thumb
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  5. JustAdam

    JustAdam Bloody No's

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    Nice RR!

    Now, I can not wait to get my F800GS even more - and I cant wait just as much as that to finally move to Co. - hopefully next spring this will all happen!

    P.S. I will be hiding my keys very well too - so dont even think about it - lol
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  6. locopostie

    locopostie Been here awhile

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    I still gag just at the thought of that beer :puke1

    :ddog" It was like that when I got here" :dunno

    Part1; See the above reply.
    Part2; It is :nod

    You will love Colorado, The best part is the people. As for your keys...:chace
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  7. mudmonster

    mudmonster Long timer

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    man thats a beautiful part of the world great report, you must have an understanding bro, the gs looks like it handled it easily ,i want one ! :wink:
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  8. locopostie

    locopostie Been here awhile

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    I did not push the bike too hard, but yes it handled very well. As for my bro, hes posted just above ABeef. He gets "even" quite often... maybe too often.



    While in Durango my brother told me that a new brewery had opened, and that there was free beer. Woo Hoo free beer! It was not free, and "I" had to pay... LOTS! It was a beer fest. With our entrance fee we received small glasses that we could take to all the vendors and sample their wares. The first sample was quite good. The next was some brew that they had aged in bourbon barrels. That one ended up in some bushes. A few more nice ones, then [​IMG] A fish beer (I cross myself as I write this) Ug. But, that was not the worst. I was quite enjoying myself sampling this and that, when my brother spies a vendor off by himself. We hurry over as we see that there is no line just yet. The vendor tells us about his beer. He says that it cannot be sold because they cannot measure the alcohol content. I take a drink and start to retch. It was an unholy mix. I wanted to lick the pavement, just to get ride of the taste, but opted for a few Pinstripe ales from Ska brewery instead.
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  9. Frostbit

    Frostbit Is it cold in here?

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    Ohhh man...your killin me. I've been pretending that the riding season is past in Durango. It's long past around here and your making me jealous. Here's my 800 waiting for it's TKC80s... isn't it amazing that BMW put those Battle Wings on a dual sport?

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    Maybe four corners will be on the riding list for next winter.
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  10. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Wow. Hey BC Brother. You did all that with the stock bashplate. I'm surprised your brother is not saying, 'Your buying it now, Bro.' And as for the Battlewings, They are fantastic on the highways. I have been on a few dirt roads thruout my trip south and they are barely acceptable. When I burn them out enough to throw them away down here, I think I will go for the Metzler Saraha 3s.

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  11. locopostie

    locopostie Been here awhile

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    Hello Frostbit
    Nice bike, I really like the TKC80s. I was impressed with road holding ability. When the riding season ends in Durango, it is not far to New Mexico.

    Hello Toadride

    I would buy it, but at a discounted rate... It has some scratches.
    My brother is still waiting for his bash plate and bars to show up. The trails I was on are not too hard, just remote with some good elevation gains.
    I see you have the stealth f800gs... nice
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  12. locopostie

    locopostie Been here awhile

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    Has anybody done any work with the throttle control to make it less touchy?
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  13. Bike4Fun

    Bike4Fun Smooth IS Fast

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    Just got mine and even though it is getting cold here in Denver I am finding every second to get out. I'm planning my first true 2009 adventure to Durango. Sure I'll hit some twistys and find some lost mining towns before then but nothing more than two days. Thanks for giving me some great inspiration!
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  14. locopostie

    locopostie Been here awhile

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    Hello Bike4fun
    The bike is a blast, and there are more trails than one can explore in a life time in that area. And if its ghost towns you are looking for, check out this site. http://www.ghosttowngallery.com/ Lots of links with info on how to find them. I use it on a recent trip to plan a few side trips. If in Durango on a Friday, head down to Steamworks pub (brewing co). $2 pints. Woo Hoo
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