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Old 03-04-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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Hamish' 2013 F800 48mm WPs

Been doing some farkling. Quick bit of history. I had a 2009 that was pretty well kitted, including heavier springs and oil in the front end.
Was happy with it, but it did let me down in the rough stuff.

Bought a 2013, and shifted most of my farkles over. For the front end, I got some advice...and some parts from Lukas. It now looks like this:




Parts/Mods so far as follows:
  • Custom 48mm WP forks, fully adjustable....PLUSH AS! (Lukas)
  • Modified KTM triples (Lukas)
  • Single MotoMaster 320mm Disk and 4 pot calipre on the front (adaptoer from Lukas)
  • 19 and 21" front wheels, billet hubs (orange for road in a nod to ktm front end, black for offroad), excel rims
  • HDB risers, clamps, hand guards, mirrors, and under bar mount for Scotts Damper
  • Carmichael bend Protaper Bars
  • Brittania Composites Mirage fairing
  • HID head lights
  • Zumo 350 GPS in Touratach lockable mount
  • Fuzeblock to manage the accessories
  • Power Commander V and auto tune
  • Remus hexacone and catless headers
  • BDCW bashplate
  • Jesse Panniers
  • 17" rear billet hub in orange with cush drive (RAD Mfg)
  • Pivot Pegz Mk3
  • Touratech foldable gear and break levers
  • Mud sling
  • SW-Motech power ring and tank bag
Running Pirelli Scorpions on road at the moment, but will change to Road Attack 2s when they wear out....and TKC 80 front Heidenau K60 rear off road.

I think I am done....actually, not quite. Need to find a way to make my Adv Spec crashbars fit with the remus headers.

BIG THANKS TO LUKAS!

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Old 03-04-2013, 05:44 PM   #2
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Sweet rig man, looks badass!
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:56 PM   #3
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..........................................Wow

Is it any sacrifice losing the other brake rotor? I love the black forks. How much did all that cost for the forks and triple?
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:02 PM   #4
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I don't mean to be rude but with all the fork changes why not purchase a Ktm?
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:10 PM   #5
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Nice bikes and mods but I agree with Blackalac.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:16 PM   #6
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I don't mean to be rude but with all the fork changes why not purchase a Ktm?
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.......gee...if I did that,imagine how many BMW parts I would need to purchase to make this bike ;)

I love my BMW...I love the people I ride with in local bmw clubs....whilst I accept this is a little more work and a little more expense than changing the cartridge inserts....it isn't that much...and the difference in performance is profound!

It is all reversible with about half a days work.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:19 PM   #7
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did you get a steering stop?
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:41 PM   #8
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did you get a steering stop?

The triples actually hit on the headset (near the ignition) at about the same position as the stops would have.
You can see in the second picture where the top clamps are. They hit on the head set just near where the "5pt" Torx security bolt is.

Having said that, Lukas apparently has a cunning plan which he hasnt filled me in on yet.

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Old 03-04-2013, 06:38 PM   #9
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.......gee...if I did that,imagine how many BMW parts I would need to purchase to make this bike ;)

I love my BMW...I love the people I ride with in local bmw clubs....whilst I accept this is a little more work and a little more expense than changing the cartridge inserts....it isn't that much...and the difference in performance is profound!

It is all reversible with about half a days work.
that's the spirit.
Always these KTM or KLR guys -- why are they on our threads and try to "reason" with us ... :-)

Very nice work.

I still need to get the suspension setup done. Now if I only can convince this guy in Germany to sell me parts ....

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Old 03-07-2013, 09:41 AM   #10
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Up until I hit a deer with my R1150r a year and a half ago I was a BMW guy. I had the R and and a 1978 R100/7. My question was a real question and Hamish gave me a real answer. I'm currently riding a KTM 950 and really enjoy the suspension on the 950, which is what you now have on your GS800.
I think your answer about riding with other BMW riders is a real and correct answer to why we make the choice which bike to buy.

Now what is the list of parts I need to convert my 950 to a GS800

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that's the spirit.
Always these KTM or KLR guys -- why are they on our threads and try to "reason" with us ... :-)

Very nice work.

I still need to get the suspension setup done. Now if I only can convince this guy in Germany to sell me parts ....

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Old 03-08-2013, 09:44 PM   #11
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I don't mean to be rude but with all the fork changes why not purchase a Ktm?
Not re-start a Holy War that I missed, but I don't think KTM makes an equivalent bike. The 9x0 Adventure is a much bigger machine. The 690 is a much smaller machine. Same for the 640. The only bike that comes close to the F800GS is the Triumph 800XC.

If you think this GS is indulgent, you should see mootsuno's F650 Dakar. He's invested in a zillion mods to basically turn a BMW 650 into a KTM 690. The F800GS doesn't really have a comparable bike in the KTM line, and I don't see KTM making a smaller twin cylinder adventure bike (or even an A model of the 690) any time soon.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:07 PM   #12
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Havent really added to this thread, as all I have been doing is commuting to work. Had a few glitches to fix....leaking brake line, abs sensor alignment, brakes not giving me the feel i wanted.

But on the weekend, I did 1000km, 750km of which was on dirt - low medium high speed forestry trails, farm roads, gravel, red clay, bit of mud, and a small amount of single track through a gum forrest.

All I can say is, HOW F*&KING GOOD IS MY BIKE !

The same stuff I was using as practice for the GS Safari last year, on my 09, was now much, much better. It ate the corrugation, the potholes, the tree roots. The lighter front end made it easy to loft the wheel over obstacles. Never bottomed once. Not once. Last year I had to limit speed, this year the bike laughed at me...I didnt challenge it at all.

Big thanks to Lukas, and Paul (HDB).
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:04 AM   #13
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I don't mean to be rude but with all the fork changes why not purchase a Ktm?
KTM unfortunately does not make a middle-weight twin that gets respectable gas mileage. If only the 800gs had high quality suspension, a lower center of gravity and weighed 100 pounds less ...

Anyway for the original poster nice job with the new front end, looks sweet.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:09 AM   #14
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How much travel do you have on the WP forks
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:27 AM   #15
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Sweet!! I request a better pic!
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