Need Help trying to decide on a bike - F800GS or V-Strom?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by dukedar, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Shepski

    Shepski Been here awhile

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    Sorry to offend, but that is my opinion, or are we not allowed those anymore? THe thread is called help trying to decide on a bike, so i helped
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  2. Motoriley

    Motoriley Still riding like crap after all these years.

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    Good thing you spoke up. I was going to sell my F800Gs at a huge loss and buy a Wee. :rofl
    Seems there have been a few who have made the switch. Different strokes..

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  3. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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  4. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    Well, the first thing that comes to mind is both people are telling the truth, but they had completely opposite experiences.
    The second thing that comes to mind is WTF? Reviews I have read about the GS800 is that it is smooth, good on and off road but they did mention the wind.
    So, :dunno
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  5. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer Supporter

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    We all need to remember that any bike that doesn't have a 19-22" windscreen is going to put the rider in the wind. The F800GS and Wee both have lower windscreen, and both put the rider out in the wind.


    I couldn't agree more with every review of the F800GS that I've read.
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  6. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    My XRL has no shield and you KNOW you are on a motorcycle!!!
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  7. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    If you just want reliability get the VStrom. But if you really like to RIDE and excitement get the GS. The WeeStrom is a good bang for the buck but very boring to ride compared to any GS. No doubt a little better highway bike also but no soul. The GS is in there with the KTM 990 Adv. The Wee is just another comfortable road bike. You made the right choice!
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  8. dukedar

    dukedar 60 easy payments!

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    Thanks! Now if i could only find the patience to wait for it! :ddog
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  9. Motoriley

    Motoriley Still riding like crap after all these years.

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    Mine is sitting in my garage with no kms....
    It will be legal to ride bikes in Quebec as of March 16th. Yes the snow tire law applies to motorcycles as well. I checked. Was at my local Yamaha dealer and was told that two guys got tickets right in front of the place a week ago. 275$...

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  10. northernogar

    northernogar Adventurer

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    Mine is sitting in Montreal as i write this, i pick up tomorrow :clap
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  11. Motoriley

    Motoriley Still riding like crap after all these years.

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    Got to fill out your profile!!! Say hi to Andre when you pick it up...


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  12. NativeSon

    NativeSon Long timer

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    800gs.
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  13. northernogar

    northernogar Adventurer

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    yes 800gs, profile will fill out , and andre is who i bought my bike from, so i will do.
    so i guess with the winter tire deal i should probably thrw in back of truck to take home?
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  14. NativeSon

    NativeSon Long timer

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    throw it in the truck and take it southbound.
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  15. Motoriley

    Motoriley Still riding like crap after all these years.

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    It will be -4 tomorrow....

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  16. northernogar

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    So i guess i'll truck it then, regardless i bought a new 800gs and as for the v-strom my personal preference is ..no.. it felt "bulky"
    Ialso tested the xcountry----6' and 250lbs i outgrew the bike just looking at it
    tested the 650 gs---since it will be my first bike after an almost 15 year lay-off ----its like buying a base model, who wants a base model?
    i also tested a ktm--- nice bike but just a little to much for me, i have to ride an hr before i hit dirt, and the ktm felt more dirt than multipurpose
    just .02
    I tried to make the best and most informed decision, i have read the arguments from both sides on here so i went and tried everything, i couldnt care less if it was a "ford or Chevy" it was the bike that i was most comfortable on......
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  17. earthroamer

    earthroamer Stuck in Pindadesh

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    That's what its all about. The motorcycle that makes you say "I belong on this". There are no bad choices.
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  18. dukedar

    dukedar 60 easy payments!

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    I also was considering the F650GS, but the F800GS felt better to me. At 6'2", 190lbs, the F650 still felt small compared to the 800. The cost was more attractive, but the 800 just clicked more with me. Who needs the Tire Pressure System anyway :evil The 650 is more like my Nighthawk, and the attraction of off-road was too strong for me. I haven't done it in a few years, but the option to do both is more interesting to me.

    The X-Country is also a very nice bike, but way too small for me. I am actually looking into it as a starter bike for my wife! She starts her rider courses this year :eek1 The KTM's? Well that is a whole other discussion!
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  19. dukedar

    dukedar 60 easy payments!

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    My colleague's riding buddy got one also. The Montreal police were at the Montreal Bike Show, and the officer was handing out papers that help explain the snow tire law. By definition, a motorcycle is a passenger vehicle, to which the law applies. Not to mention, it doesn't fall into any of the exclusions. You could try and apply for the exception, but I am not too sure how long that will last! So between Dec. 15 and Mar. 15 you need snow tires! :deal No more Christmas Eve riding for me!
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  20. dukedar

    dukedar 60 easy payments!

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    Motoriley and Norternogar, where did you guys deal with to get your bikes? I suspect that we are all at the same place...

    Send me some PM's... It would be fun to hookup!

    Where are you guys going to buy the first mods? The dealer? or do you have any other local places for my first farkles?
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