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Old 09-17-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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Buying a new F700GS?

Okay you guys, anything I should know? Is this a good idea? I'm a road guy, who always rides solo, but would like to "explore" the odd gravel/fire road. Don't need the additional dirt worthiness of the F800, besides I find it a little too tall for me. I'm presently riding a 650 Bandit. Looking forward to ABS, heated grips...and all the toys.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:54 PM   #2
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Okay you guys, anything I should know? Is this a good idea? I'm a road guy, who always rides solo, but would like to "explore" the odd gravel/fire road. Don't need the additional dirt worthiness of the F800, besides I find it a little too tall for me. I'm presently riding a 650 Bandit. Looking forward to ABS, heated grips...and all the toys.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:41 AM   #3
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This forum is great for informations, sharing stuff etc. but reading all the "problem" threads can make you kind of suspicious and you start to overthink the whole thing. These bikes are great. Every bike has a problem and this forum will tell you the solutions. Ten years ago we had no internet and still bought our bikes because we liked them, test rode them and that's it. No second thoughts or that stuff. Buy it, Ride it and be happy! Don't let the ADV paranoia get you!
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:58 AM   #4
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thus it could be dangerous if a deer would cross the road at that particular moment!
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:09 PM   #5
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thus it could be dangerous if a deer would cross the road at that particular moment!


oh.... who said the 800 can't handle snow?

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Old 09-20-2012, 08:03 AM   #6
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oh.... who said the 800 can't handle snow?


I rode on a couple of snow days last winter just to see if i could be done. I can be, but talk about a rodeo!!! Not only are you trying not to fall, but trying to stay out of the way of all of the cagers sliding around is a whole new sport as well!

And I do have a Land Cruiser, sooooo.....

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Old 09-21-2012, 07:09 PM   #7
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I'm 5'11 with a 34" inseam. Anyone know if an F700GS with standard height would be ok or a bit low for me? I'm also planning to order with the BMW comfort seat if I decide on this model.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:14 PM   #8
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:21 PM   #9
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Okay, I'm picking up my new F700GS Thursday. Unless, I can get the 1200GS they have on the showroom floor to fit me. I've got a 30" inseam and I rented a 1200 in AZ last Feb with a 31" seat hight. Worked. Don't want a lowered chassis. Either way, I'm riding off on a bike that I didn't ride in on. Then again, you just never know.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:03 PM   #10
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There's a BMW dealer in Kenora? What's next? An MV Agusta dealer in Atikokan?
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:41 PM   #11
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So, everything's all set to go (I thought?) at the shop. I landed early yesterday, called them and said I was riding into Winnipeg to pick up the bike. Well, the bike hasn't had a PDI. They're open till 8:00 (it's about 2:30 and I can be there by 5:30. It's a 2.5 hour ride and I would have to collect some crap (second key for the Bandit, owner's manual, a couple of oil filters etc., to go with the bike) Problem is, the "back end" shuts down at 4:30, so they wouldn't have time to do the PDI before I got there, and there would be nobody to look at my trade. How long does a PDI take? An hour? So, I worked all day today, and tomorrow. Thursday and Friday are going to be the shits for weather......sumer is OVER! I'd like the bike, but the window of opportunity has slammed shut.
A little disappointed they didn't do the inspection several days earlier. I thought it was a "done deal", Guess they didn't?
Meanwhile, the Bandit soldiers on. Temped to just keep it, and ride the DR in the gravel.
Perhaps I'm expecting too much....but I'm willing to part with the better part of 13K, I thought it would be smoother.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:36 PM   #12
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I own a 2010 F650gs with 13000kms on it. Mind you I just retired from the Navy (Submarine Service) so I did not get a chance to rack on the miles yet. Would I buy another one...maybee. I have a leaking valve cover, a weeping cooling pump, the paint is not the best (compare to a Honda), I had a broken baffle in my exhaust pipe (had to argue with the dealer to get it fixed they wanted me to buy an aftermarket muffler to fix it I argued that I could buy a Honda and put BMW badges on it and it would also fix it) that they eventually replaced. Having said that I really enjoy riding this bike and I have not found a replacement for it yet.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:47 PM   #13
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Okay you guys, anything I should know? Is this a good idea? I'm a road guy, who always rides solo, but would like to "explore" the odd gravel/fire road. Don't need the additional dirt worthiness of the F800, besides I find it a little too tall for me. I'm presently riding a 650 Bandit. Looking forward to ABS, heated grips...and all the toys.
Lyle
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:04 AM   #14
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:54 AM   #15
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Just a thought. F700

I also gave the F700 a good hard chunk of thought and finally went with the F800 GS. Only have it now for 3 weeks. This being said it is my first adventure style bike and i too thought i wouldn't be doing too much off-road stuff. But now, i have to say this BMW just wants to go off the beaten path any chance it or i can get! I actually have to stop myself from going too wild before i get a set of crash bars!
I hope this helps your process!
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