WTB used F800gs....Should i be wary of the '09's?

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  1. doublegobble

    doublegobble gnat dodger Supporter

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    Looking to buy a used F800gs and a few of the bikes i've been looking at have been some of the earlier models in production (bought in late '08, early '09) and i was wondering if anyone had any wisdom concerning potential changes made to the bike in later year models, outside of recalls. I've seen the laundry list of issues certain folks have had (rear bearing, chain, front axle, valve gasket, etc.), just wondered if these problems not considered recalls became less frequent in the 2010-2011 bikes. Thanks...

    -dg
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    I have an 09 and other than the chain and sprockets recall, I've had no other issues or recalls. If you can find one, you should be able to get a service history from the owner and see what's been done.
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  3. lakota

    lakota Geeser Supporter

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    I've put 20K miles on my 09 over the last two years with nary a problem other than the recalls
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  4. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer Supporter

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    68,000km on my 09. Broken CZ chain and a bad battery in the first couple months. Since then nothing but regular consumables and maintenance items.
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  5. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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    Any of those items should have all ready been adressed if the 09 in question was affected at all so no longer a problem. My 09 has been fine, had the chain replaced, axle was not in the affected range, replaced the rear bearing once with non OEM top quality ones and they've been fien since, valve cover leake will be done at the 20K check done by myself with the warranty supplied new gasket. None of these are really big deal issues any way even if you do need to tend to them.
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  6. dendrophobe

    dendrophobe Motorbike Junky

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    Never had a problem with my 09. I've gotten all the recalls done, and it's never let me down. I wish I could ride as well as it does! By far my favorite bike; get one and don't look back.
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  7. GS_Jay

    GS_Jay Been here awhile

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    Just buy my 2011 and you won't have to worry about any of that...
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  8. Tinks

    Tinks Demented Snow White

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    Yeahbut, did the 2011 come in that beautiful yellow? :ear

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  9. bodhizafa

    bodhizafa How hard can it be?

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    Chain recall, leaking oil (head gasket?) faulty ABS sensor and cracked tank. All but the cracked tank taken care of by BMW. I just noticed the tank crack (there is a thread on it). ABS sensor was probably my fault too. Bearings on mine have been fine (9k miles on the bike), if there is a problem its a $200 fix by WoodyWheelworks.

    I just got back from a 3k mile ride on the Conti Divide without any issues at all (single track, highways, twisties, fast dirt roads). What a great bike! :clap
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  10. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Like others have said, check the bike's warranty history and make sure all recalls have been done.


    The only thing that hasn't been covered under warranty (sort of) are the rear wheel bearings. They were replaced under warranty three times but I got sick of worrying about it so I sent the wheel to Woody and now it's perfect. Just check the rear wheel bearings to make sure they're not notchy, not all bikes have this issue.
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  11. solohvs

    solohvs somewhere around the bend

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    I've had my share of the recalls listed here and a few other minor issues.

    Almost 20,000 miles and this bike does everything I wanted it to. I would buy this bike again if I had to and I would NOT hesitate to recommend it to a fellow rider - street or dirt.

    Since this is going to be a long term bike I'm going to take the plunge and upgrade to OHLINS suspension. But thats not to say that the OEM stuff is bad.

    A great bike. BT
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  12. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    I've had an '09 since new, one of the first shipment into the USA. But the F800GS had already been manufactured for Europe 1 1/2 years before I took delivery.

    It had at least a half-dozen recalls, but all were permanently put right by adjustment checks and parts upgrades at BMW's expense. If you are looking to buy any recent BMW, 2009 included, just have the dealer check the VIN for service history of all recalls.

    My 2009 has been a joy to own, and I've never thought to trade it for a 2010-2012. None of the farkles I've added would turn my 2009 into a 2010-2012, e.g.: complete suspension upgrade, knobbies, shorter screen from an F650 twin, electronic gadgets, 65w bulbs, seat mod, etc.

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  13. guzzimike

    guzzimike Long timer

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    Fred, you're the only one I've seen on this forum who's done this.
    A mate has the same setup and after riding his I'm a believer!
    Oh BTW I have a Oct 08, 2nd one to be delivered in West Oz
    No issues whatsoever. 45k km
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  14. TheCowboy

    TheCowboy back in the saddle again

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    50,000 miles on my 09 - bought it new off the showroom floor - replaced rear wheel bearings at 30,000 - other than that no real problems - currently on a 3000 mile trip - she's running great! - oh yeh.... she don't like regular gas... and don't try to start her until after she has done all her "boot up" checks... it kind of stalls out the starter.

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  15. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    Yep. Shorter screen makes it quieter, and the view much better. I do the same with my R1200R. Windscreen manufacturers make a killing off riders trying to quiet wind noise with bigger and bigger screens. I have to deal with more wind blast against my noggin, like a motorcyclist should. 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chill.)

    Never thought to wait. Interesting. However, I'd be taking a hard look at the battery.

    Fred
    #15
  16. dendrophobe

    dendrophobe Motorbike Junky

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2008
    Oddometer:
    862
    Location:
    Ypsilanti, MI
    Yep, this is why I deleted the screen on mine entirely. It's like a different bike now. I thought I'd want to put it back on for longer trips, but trips from VA to Key West and VA to Ontario let me know otherwise.
    #16
  17. bodhizafa

    bodhizafa How hard can it be?

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2010
    Oddometer:
    654
    Location:
    Louisville, Co.
    Any chance of posting a pic of the bike with the smaller screens?:ear
    #17