Thread: New bike for me
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:40 PM   #1
jengel451 OP
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Joined: May 2011
Location: Eastern WA
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New bike for me

Picked up a '13 800gs yesterday and trucked it home. Got a chance to ride it about 30 miles today, was a chilly 35 and the roads had a nice coating of de-icer and sand on them. Made for some nice slides.

When I got the bike I got the Rally seat right away as that's what everyone pretty much demanded I changed right away. Done.

Background: Ridden XR's, WR's, Vintage, New, Ducati's, Aprilia's, Honda's (including an early veradero), I've road raced, dirt biked, dual sported and toured.
Me: 6'4 205 pounds of manliness.

Initial impressions:
Motor: Smooth as silk, linear power, feels like a torque monster. Throttle seems a bit snatchy down low. we'll see if that smooths out as it breaks in.

Suspension:
Soft and the front end feels a lot like the RC51 did when it came out. Totally vague and you never know what it's doing. (That's gonna get fixed ASAP)

Windscreen:
I've read all the complaints, honestly, the little I did ride at 70-80 it didn't feel all that bad, but that was only 5 miles in distance. I tried to really pay attention to the buffeting and it really wasn't all that bad. I've had worse for sure.

One thing that really popped into my mind as a red flag is the passenger pegs. Who in the hell would design welded on mounts like that? I messed around a little bit and already nailed my right calf on the rear peg. It's a in a horrible spot and getting rid of it will take an angle grinder...which i'm seriously contemplating.

Next on the list:
Suspension
Hand guards
Tires
skid plate
GL bag
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