The Australian BMW F850/900GS Missed The Speculation Bit Thread

Discussion in 'Australia' started by BygDaddee, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    yes
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  2. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    you can pretend its only a 750 anyway :D

  3. ferals5

    ferals5 Team black bikes

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    What about a 900... surely anything less will be underpowered :1drink
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    aspad Empty Suit Supporter

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    They have a demo version at Procyles.
    Took it for a spin up the old road this morning while getting my 1200 serviced.
    I think it was the top spec one. Certainly had all the riding modes and cruise control etc.

    Likes:
    Very smooth engine - only minor vibes in a few spots in the range. Sounds good too.
    Nice gearbox. Works well with and without the quick shifter.
    Plenty of real world power. Obviously not as torquey as the 12 and have to work the gearbox a bit harder but plenty there.
    Pretty composed and fun through the twisties - agile for a 21 inch front. Felt a smidge bouncy at the rear but probably just a shock setup issue. Bit of fork dive but I expected to notice that after the tele lever on the 12.
    Switchable modes that certainly soften or sharpen up power delivery - supposed to alter the suspension as well but I couldn't feel that aspect of things.
    Great brakes.
    Controls, display screen etc all similar to other new GSs. Overall very good, simple and complete
    Fit and finish seem high quality
    Did not feel like a heavy bike at all, well balanced, very easy to get on with and confidence inspiring
    Excellent fuel economy - overall average of 4 Litres per 100Kms - and this on a test bike that had only done a few hundred kms, short trips, and probably all at an (ahem) enthusiastic pace

    Dislikes
    Windscreen is too small and not adjustable
    GPS mount in silly place - will be blocked by a tank bag
    Throttle seems to have a mini lag off the bottom, something you'd probably get used to but a bit weird at first
    Seat might need work. My arse was starting to bother me after half an hour
    For a supposedly tall bike the ergos needed work (for me at 185cms) to become a comfortable all day machine. Fixable, I'm sure with risers, lower (and wider) pegs and maybe a taller seat.

    Overall, seems like very good platform. Goes well, feels light, composed and fun, sounds good and looks good.
    I could see myself owning one at some stage.
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  5. bikeymikey70

    bikeymikey70 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Nope, only an 850, won’t have a 750 for a couple of weeks? ACT government hasn’t approved them yet for rego? Albury has a demo model, I’ve booked a test in 2 weeks

    I reckon the quick shifter needs some sort of protection, looks fragile if you dropped it


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  6. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    I saw a 750 in there ...
  7. bikeymikey70

    bikeymikey70 Been here awhile Supporter

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    what the hell, went in to Rolfes early this morning, sales guy said no 750, so I took him at his word, and had a look at the 850, oh well, Albury can have my money, lol


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    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    That's ok, I already have the 800 that pretends it's a 650 so I am familiar with BMW's marketing stupidity.
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  9. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Every one seems to love them, engine reports are. Ery good, they are also expensive

  10. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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  11. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Hey, he is standing up and doing a rear wheel slide just like the guy in the 700 Tenere videos. You will have to buy both bikes now!
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    Trekka273 Been here awhile

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    I saw this guy riding here in Australia a couple of weeks ago. Awesome rider and a really good guy. I was speaking with him about the new 850 and he mentioned how impressed he was with the engine, he really did love it.
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  13. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Suncoaster Been here awhile Supporter

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    The 850 could be a worthy replacement for the Tracer 900.

    Time for some test rides, when's the next GS Experience event ?
    And what happened to Miles ?
  15. bikeymikey70

    bikeymikey70 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Just rode the 7fiddy, very nice, plenty of power for me, idling sounds like my old 650 thumper, feels planted on gravel and road, clutchless shifter is great [​IMG]


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  16. mmmoto71

    mmmoto71 Been here awhile

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    There has been another change in the "ownership" of the GS Safaris. Nick set up the "experiences", then Grant took over for a couple of years. Tassie GS Enduro will be his last. They are now going to be run by the guys that do the rider training.
    Miles has "retired" to Bright. Still participates/figure heads the Safaris as an independent contractor.
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  17. nevgriff64

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    Has the price been released for the 850?

    I had a quick look around but didn't see it anywhere.
  18. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    They are around 22.5-25

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    No worries - thanks.
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  20. bikeymikey70

    bikeymikey70 Been here awhile Supporter

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