Who's got a BMW f800GS??

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by IronArse, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. IronArse

    IronArse Mícheál, AKA IronArse

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    I'm looking into getting my hands on a f800GS, and I'm looking for a bit of feedback on them. Who has driven these bad-boys, who owns one and do you recommend it! Cheers for any information in advance folks! :wings
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  2. EdOriginal

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    Try "Beast" but do a "Search" first. This horse has been beaten to death.:knary
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    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Not in Ride Reports, move to Beasts.
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    Yup searches are good:D

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  9. IronArse

    IronArse Mícheál, AKA IronArse

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    Ok, so maybe I put the post in the wronng forum, but I'm a new member and it's a wee bit confusing...
    Anyway, some positive reports coming in, if only a few so far.
    I want so I shall have...
    Think it's the perfect bike to take me through central America then up through the states, should be some sweet riding!
    Cheers folks!
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    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Good luck out there and have fun browsing the site!

    Honestly the "search bar" on this site is terrible and I have never found what I want with it in my years of lurking/posting. I usually use google to search this site lol. :wink:
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    I thought I was the only one who did that. You are right, the search function is next to useless.
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  12. Y E T I

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    Yup. If you do a Google search and add "site:advrider.com" to the end of the search it will only search this site. :D
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  13. craigincali

    craigincali I'll try it.

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    It seems like a lot of guys here have gone from a GSA to a F8...why??
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  14. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Lighter. Way more capable in the dirt. To me. YMMV.


    To me the 800 is 90% of the bike on the road, while being 50% better off road. I think it's largely down to weight and the forks. To me, the telelever front end did NOT communicate well in the dirt. I could not trust it. That's the biggest difference.
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    Yep. +1. I came from a GS Adventure to the F8. Much happier now!!!
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  16. ]I)Money

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  17. IronArse

    IronArse Mícheál, AKA IronArse

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    Ok, so it seems to be the wrong forum but it got ye're attention none the less, sorted. One other thing I'm wondering though...
    Basically I want to see if I can get the f800GS in Panama and take it up through Central America, the States, and Canada, then ship it home to Ireland. More trips are being planned, but I gotta work a year or two to get the money to get going on another epic trip.
    -Would the f800GS be wasted at home with me in Ireland for a couple of years, probably using it 90% on streets and roads??
    I hear it's an epic off-road long-haul adventure bike, but is it a waste then to have it just using on streets??
    Who out there has one that uses mostly for street riding?
    Again, thanks in advance for any help?
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  18. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Not by choice, but I do. I commute on it almost every day, including longer trips for court. I also ride it to wherever I'm going to ride dirt.

    It makes a great street bike. It's not a sport bike, but it'll certainly put a grin on your face and the riding position, etc. are great for riding the towns.
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  19. IronArse

    IronArse Mícheál, AKA IronArse

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    Good man YetiGS, that's just what I've been wanting to hear! Thought so but it's good to hear somebody with one say so. I want so I shall have!
    Cheers! :clap
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  20. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    I own one. Less than 5 minutes into the test ride I knew it was the best bike I'd ridden. 12K miles and 6 months on and I still feel the same way about it.

    EDIT: +1 on what Yeti says. Mine is used almost entirely on road at the moment (just doing high miles for work). There are better 100% road bikes out there, but when you're road riding and you hit snow/mud/gravel on the road, you very quickly come to appreciate the off-road ability of the GS.
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