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Old 04-28-2013, 01:29 AM   #185
Rider 101
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Joined: Feb 2012
Location: Under a pile of coal dust Upper Hunter NSW
Oddometer: 1,097
gs suspension

I have had my 800gs for 2 years now. I racked up the 5000ks yesterday. I did a loop out to Coolah Tops and returned via Blackville and Willow Tree - Merriwa road. The road varied from tar to roughish NPWS tracks. I think my max speed on gravel was 110k's. I didn't push the bike above 80k's on the forest road and slowed to 30 or 40 in the rocky sections. I was carrying 4 litres of fuel, full Motohansa tool roll, tyre pump and a backpack with food, drink emergency kit. I am no lightweight ( 100kg ). So add that up and I guess I am adding 120kg's to the bike. I feel the suspension coped with my style of riding. I am 51 and need to go to work on Monday in one piece.

I suppose what I am getting at is that the 800gs performs as it was designed. After reading a lot of these threads I came to the conclusion that any shortfalls in the suspension, wheels etc are highlighted by younger fitter or better riders than me.

I will be looking at changing fork and shock springs to cope with a little extra weight but I very much doubt I will be pushing ( or able to push ) the bike beyond its capabilities in standard trim.

I hope this helps you enjoy your bike for what it is and don't get caught up in spending bulk dollars on something that may exceed you capabilities.
Originally Posted by itchy&scratchy View Post
So after all these pages, I'm getting that my F800 forks cannot be modified, instead I have to change over to completely different brand of fork, wheel and so on?
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