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Old 05-04-2013, 12:34 PM   #1
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Cool2 Buying a new 2013 F800GS - total noob here

Hey guys,

New to the forum here. I just sold my bike today and I'm making the move to an adventure bike that I can also do long distances with. I'm looking at a 2013 F800GS lowered edition.

Couple of questions:

Are there any faulty things to watch out for with the bike from the factory? Anything to keep an eye on?

What is the oil change interval? The dealer here in Toronto told me every 5000 km, that doesn't sound right, is he trying to scam me?

What can I ask for the dealer to throw in extra when I buy the bike? Do you think they will come down on retail price? I want to get the best deal.

Oh I'm also looking at a 2013 KTM 990 Supermoto T, I know it's not really an offroad bike, but wanted to hear peoples thoughts on it.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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Hey guys,

New to the forum here. I just sold my bike today and I'm making the move to an adventure bike that I can also do long distances with. I'm looking at a 2013 F800GS lowered edition.

Couple of questions:

Are there any faulty things to watch out for with the bike from the factory? Anything to keep an eye on?
forum is filled with infos, too many things to say, take a look around.

What is the oil change interval? The dealer here in Toronto told me every 5000 km, that doesn't sound right, is he trying to scam me?
First one is at 1000km and then every 1000kms

What can I ask for the dealer to throw in extra when I buy the bike? Do you think they will come down on retail price? I want to get the best deal.
Depends on the dealer, asking costs nothing. If he won't drop the price ask for extras like the comfort seat, luggage etc.

Oh I'm also looking at a 2013 KTM 990 Supermoto T, I know it's not really an offroad bike, but wanted to hear peoples thoughts on it.
Go to the KTM forum they'll tell you more accurate things then here.

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Old 05-04-2013, 01:12 PM   #3
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Hey guys,

New to the forum here. I just sold my bike today and I'm making the move to an adventure bike that I can also do long distances with. I'm looking at a 2013 F800GS lowered edition. Lowered? Maybe get the 700 if you don't just have to have the laced wheels, I like the motor on my wife's 650 twin better than my 800.

Couple of questions:

Are there any faulty things to watch out for with the bike from the factory? ??not really.Anything to keep an eye on?

What is the oil change interval? I change every 10000 miles with synthetic The dealer here in Toronto told me every 5000 km, that doesn't sound right, is he trying to scam me?

What can I ask for the dealer to throw in extra when I buy the bike? Do you think they will come down on retail price? YES I want to get the best deal.

Oh I'm also looking at a 2013 KTM 990 Supermoto T, I know it's not really an offroad bike, but wanted to hear peoples thoughts on it.
Just my opinion.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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I'll second Sieg.. Look at the 700. The two biggest advantages the 800 has over a 700 for dirt is a 21' front wheel an more ground clearance. Buying a low takes away one of the two. If you mean long distance on asphalt and the odd trail ride get the 700. It's 19" front wheel is better on pavement. GH
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:58 PM   #5
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I'm an adventure bike noob, and I couldn't be more thrilled with the new 2013 F800GS that I just bought. It's been cold and snowy, but I've managed to put 2200 miles on it since I bought it 45 days ago. I've camped in the mountains on it twice, and done quite a few miles on snowy muddy fire roads. It'll go places that I'm not 100% comfortable going quite yet for sure. There are a lot of naysayers on the site with this weakness, or that weakness, but I'd say the F8 is pretty dang well rounded all in all. I guess it can't be all things to all people, but personally I think it's a great bike. I set out to buy the big GS, but after riding them both I couldn't get past how much of a pig the big bike felt like compared to the F8. After taking the F8 on some gnarly to me trails, I can't imagine how much work it would be to get the R12 to some of those same places. My F8 is already starting to develop some nice battle scars.

The dealership wasn't willing to negotiate much on price with me, but they did throw in a set of Vario cases for free. There are better cases out there to get, but the price on the ones I got was right for sure. I've laid the bike over on the Vario cases a couple of times and so far they've held up well. Listening to people on here talk, I'd have thought they would have broken in to a million pieces after the first minor scratch. Glad they didn't.

I'd say go for it, but the Farkle bug is going to bite for sure. The $'s will just keep slipping out of your wallet until you get the bike set up exactly like you want it.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:49 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies guys.

Im coming from riding a Harley and on my other forum some bikes had specific issues like squealing rear brakes, leaking master cylinders, or faulty fuel gauges. I searche around but I couldn't find anything of the sort with the F800GS.

Should I get the suspension mode add on and traction control?

I'm debating whether I want a lowered one or not, when I sit on a regular one my feet aren't completely flat, I'm like 5"10.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:24 AM   #7
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Thanks for the replies guys.

Im coming from riding a Harley and on my other forum some bikes had specific issues like squealing rear brakes, leaking master cylinders, or faulty fuel gauges. I searche around but I couldn't find anything of the sort with the F800GS.

Should I get the suspension mode add on and traction control?

I'm debating whether I want a lowered one or not, when I sit on a regular one my feet aren't completely flat, I'm like 5"10.
I'm about 6' and can't flat foot my 800GS either, but I am getting used to it. Mine came with the comfort seat but I replaced it with a Sargent Enduro and I think that helps a bit. I don't think you can get a lowered one with ESA; I like it on mine. Mine has traction control as well, but I haven't 'tried it out' yet.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:13 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies guys.

Im coming from riding a Harley and on my other forum some bikes had specific issues like squealing rear brakes, leaking master cylinders, or faulty fuel gauges. I searche around but I couldn't find anything of the sort with the F800GS.

Should I get the suspension mode add on and traction control?

I'm debating whether I want a lowered one or not, when I sit on a regular one my feet aren't completely flat, I'm like 5"10.
The F800 had a bunch of issues when the came out, to be expected with a completely new line. BMW pretty much fixed them. For the height you really need to get on the bike. In my option if you plan on riding off road a lot you need the 21" front wheel if riding more road the F700 is a better bike. I personnley don't care for the electronic ride control but I ride off road more and prefer the bike to be set up for off road. Good luck on your purchase and let us know which direction you went.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:05 PM   #9
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I agree with the 10k mile full syn oil change interval, 6k mile for dino. The 800 engine is easy on oil...heat is very well controlled.

The decision between the taller F800GS or the F700GS really depends on where you want to ride.

Lowering the F800 give you essentially the suspension travel of the F700...still a LOT more than a harley!

I have the F700 predecessor the F650GS. I travel long distances, quite a bit on dirt roads and poor pavement. I rarely go truely off road. This is more than you need to travel alaska, labrador, etc etc. The 19" wheel will give you more stiffness than wire wheels so aggressive riding in paved twisties will be better. I very much like to be able to flat foot my bike...push it back while seated...in general not be a parking lot ballerina tip toeing around.

The F800GS standard height gives you a bit more ground clearance which is important if you will be going over rocks and blow down trees etc. The long travel also help if you plan to jump the bike or go over big wooops. Doing this stuff also really demands that you put some type of knobby tires on for traction in dirt.

The stock "dual sport" tire on both bike are really street tires with just a bit more open tread....no real bite in dirt or mud.

ride both bikes....pick the one that suits you best
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:54 PM   #10
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Cry Just got back from dealer

Here is the pricing I got from the dealer for a new 2013 F800GS.

$ 13,450 base
$ 600 safety package
$ 355 comfort package
$ 750 PDE and freight
$ 250 Budds BMW admin fee (???)
$ 1939 sales tax (yes welcome to Canada)

Total after tax $ 17,380

I tried bargaining out a deal and all I got was $ 500 off the price, so final price out the door $ 16,880 Canadian

This includes all traction, adjustable suspension modes, and computer. He is also giving me the low seat option free of charge according to him, but I think it's free of charge regardless.

Is this a steep price? Can I iron out a better deal?

I tried asking him to throw in some of the hard case bags, or throwing in the first service free, or a jacket, but he wouldn't budge on price, I was even telling him I'm going to take out my credit card and make a deposit right now.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:02 PM   #11
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I'm not Canuck, but I see $1000 in padding right off the bat.

Do what I did, call about 3-4 dealers and let them come to you with a better price/package. Also figure out how much it's worth to drive a bit.

Be aware, these bikes don't sit forever, but they also aren't used to having other dealers compete for business either.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:30 AM   #12
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I'm not Canuck, but I see $1000 in padding right off the bat.

Do what I did, call about 3-4 dealers and let them come to you with a better price/package. Also figure out how much it's worth to drive a bit.

Be aware, these bikes don't sit forever, but they also aren't used to having other dealers compete for business either.
Where do you see this padding??? Have you ever purchased a BMW bike? GH
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:15 AM   #13
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Admin fee and freight togeather were $1,000, that is alot, The BMW Dealer in San Diego charged me $492, there it was called it handling.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:09 PM   #14
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Where do you see this padding??? Have you ever purchased a BMW bike? GH
Apparently you haven't, unless you just eat the crap the dealers feed you.

$ 750 PDE and freight
$ 250 Budds BMW admin fee (???)
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:47 AM   #15
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Here is the pricing I got from the dealer for a new 2013 F800GS.

$ 13,450 base
$ 600 safety package
$ 355 comfort package
$ 750 PDE and freight
$ 250 Budds BMW admin fee (???)
$ 1939 sales tax (yes welcome to Canada)

Total after tax $ 17,380

I tried bargaining out a deal and all I got was $ 500 off the price, so final price out the door $ 16,880 Canadian

This includes all traction, adjustable suspension modes, and computer. He is also giving me the low seat option free of charge according to him, but I think it's free of charge regardless.

Is this a steep price? Can I iron out a better deal?

I tried asking him to throw in some of the hard case bags, or throwing in the first service free, or a jacket, but he wouldn't budge on price, I was even telling him I'm going to take out my credit card and make a deposit right now.
That's what I paid last week in Canada as well. It's spring and high season, it also a popular model and the all new 2013 model so flexibility on price is not there compared to a 2012 that may have been on the show room floor all winter.

Also my dealer said the same thing about the oil changes as they tol you. It's exactly what's written in the Canadian version manual.

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