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Old 02-19-2011, 12:33 AM   #1
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Wicked BMW F800 R - the Rotax Roadster Thread

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I'm starting this F800R thread hoping it can become a great resource for F800 R owners, or anyone interested in the new BMW Roadster.
There's other threads around you can voice your personal opinion about how you don't like the 8R, or think it's not for you.
Please try and keep this positive, unless you actually own an 8R and have a problem or first hand experience with the bike you want to share... In that case we'd love to hear about it!










This is actually izzyblue's new bike, and I'm lucky enough to be it's tech and official test pilot... We bought it at A&S Powersports in Sacramento from a hell of a sales guy and friend Ted.
I'll be getting to all of the recent modifications, like MV Motorrad bar backs install DIY, Gerbings heated gear install, engine crash bars install, 600 mile service DIY, De-Branding, Ohlins' Suspension, etc. etc.....
I hope that other new F800 R owners will join in and share what they're doing with their 8R.

For now here's some fresh F800 R images:




















































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Old 02-19-2011, 02:37 AM   #2
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Thanks for starting this thread.

I have had an F800r Chris Pfeiffer Edition since May 2010.
Nice bike, looking forward to following this thread for information and inspiration. Will be interesting to see how it is received in the US.

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Old 02-19-2011, 03:07 AM   #3
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what is the arrangement for the front brake hydraulic resevoir??It looks odd sitting way up there!(my opinion)
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:06 AM   #4
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Nice pics... I was sorely tempted by this bike but ended up with an 800GS instead... I'd spring for the BMW accessory rad shrouds.
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:24 AM   #5
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yo Gadget - how about merging this with the previous F800R porn thread?

Too much crap in the other one... this one's for owners and potential owners.

If someone doesn't like it or think it's a POS... don't buy it and don't shit in this thread.
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:39 AM   #6
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...and don't shit in this thread.
Words of wisdom for this thread and most other threads on this site.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:28 AM   #7
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Too much crap in the other one... this one's for owners and potential owners.

If someone doesn't like it or think it's a POS... don't buy it and don't shit in this thread.




Great pics Finn !! Need a few more with Bike and Chica!!
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Old 02-19-2011, 08:56 AM   #8
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we just did the Akro can and pulled out the baffle


Sounds great! (no pun intended)
Do you have any pics? Or better yet a video clip so we can hear it?








I guess I'm going to post the remove the Charcoal canister from the 8R DIY first since it caused us trouble. I'd imagine it's like the rest of the BMW's, and the canister is only on the American versions.
On the maiden voyage, the bike was dropped and sat on it's side for about 2 minutes. After the drop we had a major stalling problems, went back to the dealer where we were told that the drop had caused the charcoal canister to fill with gas, which was causing the stalling. I asked them to remove it, but laws prohibit dealers from removing this "environmental" part.
For the 400 mile ride home the bike stalled quite a few times, though it seemed to be worse when the fuel was getting low.
While it did get better as the canister dries out, the stress of having the bike stalling on Nancy on the first day sucked, I'll do what I can to make sure it doesn't happen any longer....



I took off the airbox covers by removing all the screws and then pulling these clips off.








There's the charcoal canister, tucked away. It far more hidden then on my 800GS or my R1200R.








Remove the 4 nuts here








Cut the tie-wrap







There it is








here you can see the routing to the thingy on the airbox ( please excuse my lack of knowledge for the correct term)








Here you can see the vent tube coming from the tank


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Bye Bye Can






You'll need a 5/16 vacuum tube connector, a 3/16 connector and a 3/16 cap for the job. I couldn't find just those and had to buy the assorted kit for about $4







There's only two tubes the 5/16 connector will go in so it's easy to do, just make the connection between the gas tank and the drain tube leading down by the shifter.





A 3/16 connector with a cap on it on the other tube going up to the thingy on the airbox and you are done.
No more Charcoal canister.













Since I have a F800GS and an R1200R, I should be able to give a more unique perspective when comparing the 8R to it's cousins... and even though it might look like it initially, it easy to look through my posts to see I'm no BMW fanboy and will voice any opinion about the bike.

While my GS is in the shop with the motor out of it currently, I have been able to ride the 8R and my 12R back to back, and I have to say.... The 8R has that Roadster feel no doubt, and feels well poised like any BMW, but it feels much much lighter, and far more nimble than my 12R - and I thought my 12R had perfect balance and was very nimble already. I also owned a R1150R, and to me, it's like the difference between the 1150R and the 1200R, when comparing the 800R to the 1200R.

This bike is begging to be flogged and ridden hard, but is gentle enough for a somewhat new rider like Nancy to get on and ride without being intimidated.

While I haven't really wrung out the motor as it just now is past it's break in, initially it feels much different than the Rotax in the 800GS. Obviously the gearing is different and better suited for street riding on the R.
I thought that the two bikes would be more similar to each other, the 8R and 8GS, but they're not. The R is a completely different platform, they didn't just take the panels off and make a few changes, this is a completely different bike that just shares a motor with the GS.


I'll be mixing up the techie stuff with my opinions about riding the 8R as I get more saddle time, plus when she has time, Nancy will drop in to share her experiences too....






Since it's not raining any longer I'm going to go take a spin and see what this little Roadster can do, and will continue with the DIY posting soon. Why talk about riding when you can just go ride!


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Old 03-10-2011, 12:10 PM   #9
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F800R ready for a 16 hour trip from Stavanger to Trondheim, Norway
This was in august 2009, 8 hours of rain during the ride.
The bike preformed beautifully.
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:47 PM   #10
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Bet it didn't look that pretty after 8 hours of rain.

Cleans the chain though
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:19 PM   #11
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F800R ready for a 16 hour trip from Stavanger to Trondheim, Norway
This was in august 2009, 8 hours of rain during the ride.
The bike preformed beautifully.



Awesome!
any other pics?


Welcome to ADVrider, nice first post... we like photos!




Tomorrow I'll be installing Ohlins' BM 909 shock and fork springs in the 8R, install photos and DIY to follow.
Well, honestly I'll be helping/supervising since I'm one handed with a hurt wrist from a bad crash in Death Valley a few days ago.
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Old 03-11-2011, 06:32 AM   #12
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Tomorrow I'll be installing Ohlins' BM 909 shock and fork springs in the 8R, install photos and DIY to follow.
Well, honestly I'll be helping/supervising since I'm one handed with a hurt wrist from a bad crash in Death Valley a few days ago.
I'll be looking forward to that post!!
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:42 AM   #13
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Awesome!
any other pics?


Welcome to ADVrider, nice first post... we like photos!

Thanks

Got a picture from valdresflya, before the rain started.
1389 meters above sea level (4560ft)
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:59 AM   #14
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OK, plenty of opinions about how the bike looks around....
but what really matters to me is how a bike rides.

Here's a quick edit video I threw together of me having a great time throwing this excellent bike around in the Malibu canyons.
Shot with a Drift HD 170 Stealth camera, Manfrotto Magic Arm mount, edited on a Mac.


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Old 03-11-2011, 07:18 PM   #15
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Cool video. Gorgeous roads. Love the bike's appearance, but had no idea they sounded so flatulent...like a tractor really.
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