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Old 05-21-2014, 10:26 PM   #1
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anybody have a F800GS

Thoughts as a touring machine? Miles ona tank traveling 85-90? Maintenance easy?
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On paper, it's claimed to get 40+ mpg. 460#, 85hp and 60# torque. With a 21" front wheel and a 4.25" wide rear, your street tires will be limited. Chain drive, so without a center stand maintenance on a long trip would be a pain. Not sure if the front suspension is fully adjustable; it may require revalving. Long travel suspensions are great for comfort, but front end dive will make you your pants.

If you're not going off-road, I'd lean towards the Tiger. Long travel suspension that's fully adjustable, more power, and the full range of sport bike tires for your riding pleasure.
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Thoughts as a touring machine? Miles ona tank traveling 85-90? Maintenance easy?
Not sure exactly what kind of touring you're looking to do, but over on ADVrider there are a LOT of advocates for building up a Ninja 650 (or Versys with a Ninja engine) for doing any asphalt/gravel double-duty. The versys has a larger tank, they're super-reliable, and being a prevalent Japanese bike parts and mechanics are everywhere, should you need them. It seems lots of their parts are also in pretty universal sizes, so if you want to go from a 17" to 19" front wheel, stick a set of long-travel forks on there, or whatever, parts are easily adaptable.

Not to mention cheap. Check out this guy's build, if you have a few days to read.
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Old 05-22-2014, 01:06 PM   #4
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i'll need something ready to roll out of the box.
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well, depending on what you're looking to do, I think I'd still recommend something like a Versys over the BMW, but that's just my opinion.

I know nothing about the new F800's, but did meet a guy up in Yellowstone last summer who was on one of the older 650cc p-twin models who had ridden from Chile up to Wyoming and was headed to Alaska. They certainly seem capable, but for my money there are other machines I'd look into first. Like perhaps a Triumph Tiger, but I don't think that will actually get you any better reliability or parts availability than the BMW.

Again, what are you looking to do with it?
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I ride a F800ST, but test drove the GS. What I've found out about owning a BMW is, do all the required maintenance check-ups (6000-12000-18000-etc) and they will run as good as new for a long time. But this cost money and time. I change my oil every 3000 miles, as well.

If you want a tourer that is low cost, easy to maintain (or not maintain at all) and can find parts most anywhere...Go Japanese.

My F800 has 28,000+ and still runs as good as the day I bought it and still averages 50-56 MPG on fuel. When I bought it, I had my mind set on a Euro bike...BMW/Triumph/ or Italian. I'm funny, that way!
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I'd like to avg 90 on the interstate without burning too much gas, and get off road a little to explore.

I was riding from Las Vegas to California and off the interstate were dirt roads in the desert which went on and on.

Versys is in the loop for sure. Maybe even a Hyperstrada
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Aside from the weight, I think this would be a great bike. It's shaft drive, so no worries with chain maintenance. MGP won't be the greatest, but it has a 5 gallon tank.

The Aprilia Mana 850 might be a good choice, too. Unless you're going to do a lot of off-roading, I'd try to stick to bikes with a 17" front wheel.
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Ive been researching the out of adventure/touring bikes for a couple months now and the ST and Tiger 800XC are the two at the top of my list. the triumph is 100lbs less and "feels" better to me. but the ST is so bad right out of the box....its a TOUGH EFFING CHOICE
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my vfr handles gravel roads like a champ...lol, in a head to head comparison the vfr was better than the f800 for someone who prefers the sport side of touring.
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I was really surprised withe Tiger 800 I test rode. It was not nearly as buzzy as I expected and was very nimble. I just couldn't get over that beak of a faux fender.
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I'm waiting for this guy to come out.

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Ive been researching the out of adventure/touring bikes for a couple months now and the ST and Tiger 800XC are the two at the top of my list. the triumph is 100lbs less and "feels" better to me. but the ST is so bad right out of the box....its a TOUGH EFFING CHOICE
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Super tenere. Yeah i rode one it was good
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my buddy has a 2013 f800gs. He loves it for double duty, though 3 weeks ago a spark plug failed, the ecu didnt pick it up, and kept dumping fuel. It all ignited in the pipe and turned it into a furnace. The BMW care hotline said drive it on one cylinder back home.

20minutes later the entire exhaust was glowing red, and most of his bike was cooked. They are however, warranty replacing the motor and exhaust
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I too spent a good deal of time looking at Adventure/Touring bikes before ending up with my Multi. I test-rode an F800GT- basically the motor of an 800GS and the body of a VFR800. I wasn't impressed at all in the motor dept- much rougher, and with less low-end power than I was inspecting. Then again, the sales guy said it was still in its "break-in" phase, and in a de-tuned state until It got its 600 mile service. So I never got to ride a broken in one. Went across the dealership floor intending to try a Hyperstrada, saw my Multi along the way, took it for a spin instead, and the rest is history. For long-distance, I wouldn't go with the Hyperstrada. I sat on a couple, and despite looking like a GS or V-Strom, it's really more like a DR-Z- lightweight, skinny seat, very supermoto-like. The V-strom, on the other hand, I really liked. It would've been my second choice after the Multi. The motor was great. Good amount of low-end grunt, even being a 650, and from what I've heard, fuel-efficient and incredibly reliable. Doesn't have that Ducati sexiness or "bad-" factor, but as far as bang-for-your-buck, they're hard to beat. Never tried a Tiger, though.
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