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Old 10-14-2008, 08:11 PM   #3
Keystone OP
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Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Lake Villa, IL
Oddometer: 201
Originally Posted by Gillies
Nice write-up and pics! Looks like a fun day. How'd the bike track in the sand? Hard on the gas, front end light, did it wallow or track straight?
Leaned way back with steady throttle in 4-6 inch deep sand it had no problems and tracked straight with the occasional bobble in the bars. Deeper stuff really upset it though and anything over 8-10 inches took more skill than I have to avoid duck walking.

The F800 seems to have been made to fit between the thighs (ok, that sounds bad) while standing. Rocking back or leaning forward there are pretty nice places to lean your calves/knees/thighs against and take some pressure off the hands.

Usually a bit more throttle smoothed things out. It was quite susceptible to ruts, but I can't say more or less than any other bike of similar weight. The sand was like cake mix and the existing groves would just suck the wheels in with a lateral movement that was disconcerting at best.
'09 F800GS (Yellow)
'05 F650GS (Sold)
'04 K1200RS (Sold)
'03 F650GS (Crashed)
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