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Old 09-28-2012, 04:24 AM   #31
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Ive had my 08 Tenere for 40.000km since new. (4 seasons).
Ive had my 09 F800GS for 8000km, bought it SH with 32.000km.

In terms of power, handling, frame geometry and stability, BMW wins hands down!
Tenere is a good solo bike, built like a tank and will get you anywhere and back every single time. You'll love it!
But if you have the money, go for BMW and do not look back! Sure, the cost of ownership is bigger for the GS being a bit more complicated to maintain. If I find myself in the future short on the money and have to sell the GS, Tenere will be my first choice!
the older I get the faster I was
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:39 PM   #32
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Location: All over, usually Wales or England
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My main riding buddy has the 660, I have the 800. We've both ridden both. We both prefer our own machines.

Things I will concede the 660 has going for it:
  1. Price to buy and Economy of operation
  2. Japanese (reliability, cost of parts and servicing)
  3. Ease of servicing

One thing I can't make my mind up on is aesthetics; the F800GS looks stunning from some angles and a pig from others. The 660 looks a bit more plain, but it looks consistently reasonably attractive, whatever direction you look at it from.

Things I maintain the 800 is better at:
  1. In the hands of a capable rider, it is a faster bike in the dirt and will get over things the 660 will struggle with.
  2. Even a novice will be quicker on the slab on the 800 than the 660.
  3. Crashability; the 660 has cheaper parts, so replacement is less painful on the wallet. Generally speaking though, the OE kit is flimsier than what comes on the BMW.

Both bikes have some nice little features the other lacks (tow hook on the 660 for example), but none of these are show stoppers. Both are great bikes, with a great deal of longevity. Personally, I prefer the F800GS, but I would seriously consider a 660 if I fancied a change.
I like my bike because I can overtake 4x4s down farm tracks with a week's worth of shopping on the back.
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