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Old 08-12-2009, 04:24 PM   #1
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F800GS 1200miles 2days

For those of you that owne an F800GS is riding it 1200 miles in two days possible? I have the opportunity to demo a 09 F800GS for a weekend and you can see from the list of my current bikes that this is alittle different and the bike has appealed to me. Im not currently in the position to purchase one but would still love to ride one and Im thinking whats not a better time than on the biggest road trip Ive ever done? So with a sore ass is it doable?
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Old 08-12-2009, 04:27 PM   #2
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For those of you that owne an F800GS is riding it 1200 miles in two days possible? I have the opportunity to demo a 09 F800GS for a weekend and you can see from the list of my current bikes that this is alittle different and the bike has appealed to me. Im not currently in the position to purchase one but would still love to ride one and Im thinking whats not a better time than on the biggest road trip Ive ever done? So with a sore ass is it doable?
A couple of 600 mile days in a row? Piece o' cake! Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.

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Old 08-12-2009, 04:30 PM   #3
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So with a sore ass is it doable?
Yup doable and a sore ass for sure on that seat! Have fun.
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Old 08-12-2009, 04:37 PM   #4
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awesome! thats the shit I wanna hear!
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:00 PM   #5
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Yup doable and a sore ass for sure on that seat! Have fun.
Get a Sargent! I regularly do Las Vegas to San Diego and back again in one weekend (390 miles via the scenic route). Anyway I haven't done that trip since I got my Sargent saddle a few weeks ago but I have no doubt it would be immensely easier. This weekend we are heading up to Pine Valley Utah to check out some potential camping spots so I'll post up how it goes.

I have no doubt it will be like sitting on the face of an angel!
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:17 PM   #6
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Since you've owned mostly dirt bikes you should be good to go. Earplugs or ER6 or Shure or even some cheap Koss headphones to keep the wind drone toned down.

I rode an F650 Dakar 2600 miles in 2.5 days and a few weeks later rode it another 7000 in 8 more days it was stock except for an Airhawk seat cushion. Up until then the longest trip I had done was about 300 miles.

I once heard a distance rider say all there was to distance riding was "sit here and turn that" he pointed at the seat and the throttle. If you like motorcycles and are in decent shape (even if you're not but I think it makes a difference) its really not that hard.

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Old 08-13-2009, 07:01 AM   #7
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I couldn't do it on an "un-enhanced" stock seat, but I have a lot of padding where it counts ....

Since it's not your bike (yet) you'd maybe want to go for some add-on comfort enhancer ... air-hawk ... bead-rider ... queen-size air mattress
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:13 AM   #8
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Go for the ride....enjoy the power....oh did anyone mention the "seat" ???
Get a foam seat pad...even a cheap ATV Pad from Walmart will help.

I put a Sargent Seat on my F800 and my Ass thanks me everyday !

Have fun !!!!!!!
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:20 AM   #9
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No Problem

I did 900 miles in one day with the low stock seat. Went from Devils Tower WY to Madison WI. Yeah my ass hurt a little but it was a long day in the saddle.
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cool thanks fellas! Im looking forward to this ride a buddy and I are doing the middle of september. He rides a new Bandit 1250s and the local dealer is hooking me up with the F800GS. We're riding from south central PA the Mt Washington NH where my buddy as use of a condo. Ive never really been north so this is gonna be fun and Im gonna take a shit load of pics
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:45 AM   #11
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Gone from Brooklyn NY to Traverse City MI (about 860 miles) in one day. I don't have an Airhawk yet but it will be there next time I plan on riding anything close to that distance. I also use a Throttle Rocker and have a Laminar Lip, along with standard earplugs, etc. While not a plush ride, and leaving me ready for bed at the end of the day, it was all do-able.

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Old 08-13-2009, 09:49 AM   #12
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thanks again guys and to let you know I work at a BMW car dealership and I can look up and price BMW motorcycle parts but cant order them so if that helps anyone out let me know
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:00 AM   #13
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Get a Sargent! I regularly do Las Vegas to San Diego and back again in one weekend (390 miles via the scenic route). Anyway I haven't done that trip since I got my Sargent saddle a few weeks ago but I have no doubt it would be immensely easier. This weekend we are heading up to Pine Valley Utah to check out some potential camping spots so I'll post up how it goes.

I have no doubt it will be like sitting on the face of an angel!
Ordered it two weeks ago! Had one on my Vstrom. Great improvement.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:09 PM   #14
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600 miles

I can't imagine anyone making any changes to a "demo bike" so I won't mention the great Sargent seat switch.

I got my f800 GS on Memorial Day weekend and had to limit my riding to just 600 miles because of the first warranty check. I was waiting at the dealer when they opened on the Tuesday AFTER the holiday weekend.

My face hurt from smiling so much, but the upright seating and comfort made for a great ride. I think 600 miles could be done in one day!

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Old 08-13-2009, 01:49 PM   #15
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I just did 1600 miles in two days on my F800GS. It was 15 ours going there and 16 hours the way back. From Portland to Sun Valley and back. No highway and all of the good roads through the middle of Oregon (twistie central). Epic ride.
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