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tmgs 09-21-2008 09:14 AM

bmw f 800 gs
 
I just got to speak to a fellow filling up on his brandy new BMW 800 GS,
he just picked it up yesterday but says he's having a great time on it, and it handles great, has plenty of power even though he can't take it about 5k rpm yet

bike looks good! It's the first one i have seen on the roads,

Tom

Frostbit 09-21-2008 10:25 PM

The fun begins at 6000rpm...
 
The 800 is a bike worth bonding with.:thumb
http://frostbit.smugmug.com/photos/3...10_2W9QK-L.jpg

samuelp 09-22-2008 01:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmgs
I just got to speak to a fellow filling up on his brandy new BMW 800 GS,
he just picked it up yesterday but says he's having a great time on it, and it handles great, has plenty of power even though he can't take it about 5k rpm yet

bike looks good! It's the first one i have seen on the roads,

Tom

It took me a day of hard riding off road for me to understand the 800 GS, You have to push it around a bit and then it's an absolutely wonderful bike.

So did it tempt you into getting one?

on2wheels52 09-22-2008 05:23 AM

I think sales of the things will be higher than expected, I certainly waiting for them to start showing up.
Jim

tmgs 09-22-2008 07:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by samuelp
It took me a day of hard riding off road for me to understand the 800 GS, You have to push it around a bit and then it's an absolutely wonderful bike.

So did it tempt you into getting one?


well everything tempts me :nod , but for now with the R1200 gsa and the r1200gs we are waiting till next year to think about buying any more bikes.

But I see it as a replacement to the 1200, which leaves tank size and alt power as a downside to it at this point.

I like the simplicity of it, I would really have to get used to filling it off the bike though, I rarely get off my bike at a gas station, it looks fun and bet it is much better off road for a half old goat like me, gas mileage makes it tempting, I cant wait to hear real numbers from riders that ride like we do, to go from mid/low 30's to say mid/high 50's would be awesome with the gas prices like they are! when you are paying a combined 8 bucks a gallon every gas stop it gets pricey real quick (we are filling two bikes up when we ride)

FarmerRick 09-22-2008 08:27 AM

After just completing an 1100 mile romp in East TN, Va, WV, and KY, I think that any concerns about tank size might be non-issues. We ran at sport bike paces (Lead bikes included an RC51 and CBR1000RR and an CBR600) and I NEVER averaged below 60 miles per gallon at fillup. The friendly "miles to empty" computer was showing distances of close to 300 miles on a single tank. No I didn't run it empty so I can't verify anything other than the average MPG's are what the computer said.

The comment about pushing the bike also became apparent. Accelerate into the turns and forget about scrubbing off any speed in it. Power on - Traction!!

Great bike!!

Rick

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmgs
well everything tempts me :nod , but for now with the R1200 gsa and the r1200gs we are waiting till next year to think about buying any more bikes.

But I see it as a replacement to the 1200, which leaves tank size and alt power as a downside to it at this point.

I like the simplicity of it, I would really have to get used to filling it off the bike though, I rarely get off my bike at a gas station, it looks fun and bet it is much better off road for a half old goat like me, gas mileage makes it tempting, I cant wait to hear real numbers from riders that ride like we do, to go from mid/low 30's to say mid/high 50's would be awesome with the gas prices like they are! when you are paying a combined 8 bucks a gallon every gas stop it gets pricey real quick (we are filling two bikes up when we ride)


Frostbit 09-22-2008 08:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmgs
well everything tempts me :nod , but for now with the R1200 gsa and the r1200gs we are waiting till next year to think about buying any more bikes.

But I see it as a replacement to the 1200, which leaves tank size and alt power as a downside to it at this point.

I like the simplicity of it, I would really have to get used to filling it off the bike though, I rarely get off my bike at a gas station, it looks fun and bet it is much better off road for a half old goat like me, gas mileage makes it tempting, I cant wait to hear real numbers from riders that ride like we do, to go from mid/low 30's to say mid/high 50's would be awesome with the gas prices like they are! when you are paying a combined 8 bucks a gallon every gas stop it gets pricey real quick (we are filling two bikes up when we ride)

It's still getting over 60mpg even after the post break in throttle cranking the I've been inflicting. It's not a problem filling up the tank without getting off the bike.

The 800 honeymoon continues...http://frostbit.smugmug.com/photos/3...26_nbk8R-L.gif

tmgs 09-22-2008 08:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GCExaminer
After just completing an 1100 mile romp in East TN, Va, WV, and KY, I think that any concerns about tank size might be non-issues. We ran at sport bike paces (Lead bikes included an RC51 and CBR1000RR and an CBR600) and I NEVER averaged below 60 miles per gallon at fillup. The friendly "miles to empty" computer was showing distances of close to 300 miles on a single tank.
Rick

now is that all interstate at 80-82 , or running around the mountains

thanks!

FarmerRick 09-22-2008 09:41 AM

Mountain ridin' (of course!! ) :clap

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmgs
now is that all interstate at 80-82 , or running around the mountains

thanks!


RoadMinge 09-23-2008 03:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GCExaminer
After just completing an 1100 mile romp in East TN, Va, WV, and KY, I think that any concerns about tank size might be non-issues. We ran at sport bike paces (Lead bikes included an RC51 and CBR1000RR and an CBR600) and I NEVER averaged below 60 miles per gallon at fillup. The friendly "miles to empty" computer was showing distances of close to 300 miles on a single tank. No I didn't run it empty so I can't verify anything other than the average MPG's are what the computer said.

The comment about pushing the bike also became apparent. Accelerate into the turns and forget about scrubbing off any speed in it. Power on - Traction!!

Great bike!!

Rick

I did not read "keeper" anywhere in this post ???? a Stelvio or Superduke is in your future................:deal

FarmerRick 09-24-2008 04:55 AM

Hmmm... Keeper.. isn't that American of Welsh Heritage for "gonna sell that beehotch in the next 60 days? :evil

My only negative of the bike is that the seat is just not quite right! Obviously, this is a very personal preference and I've read a lot of posts on how great the seat is. I find it less comfortable than the KTM seat and will look for an alternative. The good news is that after about 100 miles your ass is so numb you hardly even notice the seat!



Quote:

Originally Posted by RoadMinge
I did not read "keeper" anywhere in this post ???? a Stelvio or Superduke is in your future................:deal


rocket25 09-24-2008 07:15 AM

Fuel
 
Question, does the 800 require 92 or so octane or will it run on regular. Just thinking, Mexico for example, you might not get the best fuel in the world.

switchback 09-24-2008 08:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rocket25
Question, does the 800 require 92 or so octane or will it run on regular. Just thinking, Mexico for example, you might not get the best fuel in the world.

I believe that BMW has a no cost ECU flash for 87 octane if I remember correctly from the info on the website.

pilot 09-24-2008 08:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rocket25
Question, does the 800 require 92 or so octane or will it run on regular. Just thinking, Mexico for example, you might not get the best fuel in the world.


Premium is easy to find in Mexico.

FarmerRick 09-24-2008 09:03 AM

Seems to run fine on 87 (especially since that's about all you can find in Nashville right now...

Rick

Quote:

Originally Posted by rocket25
Question, does the 800 require 92 or so octane or will it run on regular. Just thinking, Mexico for example, you might not get the best fuel in the world.



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