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Old 10-19-2012, 05:48 PM   #421
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Ok.... so I've kinda talked myself out of trading in my F658GS for the F708GS
(hey is that what we are going to call it the F708GS .... )

And I'm thinking I could have "manual" ESA by carrying a screwdriver in a convienent location and backing off the damping by 1/2 turn or so when slabbing it, and crank it back in for sport/off-road....
Quite a cost savings there ... albeit at the expense of a quick pit-stop
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:54 PM   #422
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Ok.... so I've kinda talked myself out of trading in my F658GS for the F708GS
(hey is that what we are going to call it the F708GS .... )
Reading what you sent me...very good! As for the screw driver? Come visit me and take the ESA out for a ride!
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:21 PM   #423
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Ok.... so I've kinda talked myself out of trading in my F658GS for the F708GS
(hey is that what we are going to call it the F708GS .... )

And I'm thinking I could have "manual" ESA by carrying a screwdriver in a convienent location and backing off the damping by 1/2 turn or so when slabbing it, and crank it back in for sport/off-road....
Quite a cost savings there ... albeit at the expense of a quick pit-stop
Not to mention the cost savings when it comes time to replace the shock

I've owned both ESA and non-ESA bikes and for me (once the novelty wore off), I found myself setting it to one setting and leaving it there. IMHO it's nice if you are constantly switching between one up and two up, but if you are like me and always ride one way or the other, it didn't seem like a worthwhile cost.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:22 AM   #424
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I think I will find myself using one setting for the pavement and another for off road. In any case, maybe a novelty but I am really like it especially on the rough paved roads out here. Biggest difference is between SPORT and COMFORTABLE.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:29 PM   #425
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Some video of the F700GS.

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Old 12-10-2012, 04:59 AM   #426
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I visited our semi-local dealer last Saturday and test rode the F700GS. Compared to my 2001 thumper, there's a whole lot of power and smoothness. And although at the softest preload I could touch the ground, more of my foot needs to be able to on the ground to handle maneuvering, as Robbie expressed a few pages back "I live in an area where every driveway and parking area is gravel and uneven" and I am inseam challenged. It is ridiculous to be unable to walk the bike backwards without hopping and that doesn't cut it on uneven ground.

The dealer is saying that all of the F700GS' coming in are with the Launch Package, which basically adds heated grips. period. nothing else. And that if I want to special order a bike with the Comfort Package or a lowered bike, that I probably won't receive it until spring 2013. Which given that it is mid-October may not be such a bad thing but... I'd like to get a bike now :)

What are you all seeing? Are there 700gs out and about in the US with other packages?

I'm headed back to take another test ride with a low seat, but I'm getting the impression that I'd have to pay full price (or some price) for that seat - which looking at the option list, shows that there should be no extra charge for a low seat. (link to price/options list- thanks Patrick!)

I'm weighing my options though as I don't seek uber-gnarly roads so looking at the Versys and V-strom as other options too.
I read somewhere that they can break the bones in your leg, separate them slightly and they'll grow back together making you a inch or so taller.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:27 AM   #427
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Help me out here...

I may be able to buy my first Beemer in January.

2013 F700GS.

I am considering taking it up to Alaska next summer if all goes as planned.

Humor me and tell me- what are the factory specific options you would not do without?

TIA,

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Old 12-10-2012, 08:45 AM   #428
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Help me out here...

I may be able to buy my first Beemer in January.

2013 F700GS.

I am considering taking it up to Alaska next summer if all goes as planned.

Humor me and tell me- what are the factory specific options you would not do without?

TIA,

Charlotte

Heated grips, TPS, the computer, everything else I added was non-OEM.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:35 AM   #429
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Well, well, well... probably won't be able to pick her up any time soon... Wonder if anyone can fabricate "highway pegs" for my Buell?
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:19 PM   #430
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I actually like the old switchgear better. It took me a few minutes to get used to it, but I find the BMW setup much easier now than the single slider and push-to-cancel switch on the left. I just bought a 2012 F658GS and don't see anything here that makes me think I should have waited for the 2013s.
Well, since my 2012 took it in the pooper from a VW, I guess now I have a reason to look at the F700GS. I haven't decided between that, an R1200GS, or a Guzzi...
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:25 AM   #431
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Well, since my 2012 took it in the pooper from a VW, I guess now I have a reason to look at the F700GS. I haven't decided between that, an R1200GS, or a Guzzi...
The 700 and the 1200 are very different machines. Can I ask why you are looking at the 700 and not the 800? Just curious, both are great bikes.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:40 AM   #432
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The 700 and the 1200 are very different machines. Can I ask why you are looking at the 700 and not the 800? Just curious, both are great bikes.
I'm short, and use my motorcycle for commuting in a very dense city. The 650 gave me everything I needed in an easier-to-manage-in-stop-and-go-traffic form than the 800 would have (with the added bonus of lower purchase price) and I expect the same of the 700. I think the 1200 would be better for long distances (though Stuttgart to Napoli on the 650 was fine) but am not sure that for me the added capabilities would outweigh the added costs in terms of higher purchase price, insurance, and road tax.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:05 AM   #433
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I'm short, and use my motorcycle for commuting in a very dense city. The 650 gave me everything I needed in an easier-to-manage-in-stop-and-go-traffic form than the 800 would have (with the added bonus of lower purchase price) and I expect the same of the 700. I think the 1200 would be better for long distances (though Stuttgart to Napoli on the 650 was fine) but am not sure that for me the added capabilities would outweigh the added costs in terms of higher purchase price, insurance, and road tax.
Makes sense. I Bought the 800 in late August and am loving it. Lots of power for highway cruising and better mileage than my 06 KLR. I now have just over 8500 kilometers on it. Living in the North riding is all but done now for a few months though.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:20 AM   #434
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2013 models have less snatchy throttle?

It is rumored that the 2013 models have less snatchy throttle?

Has anybody noticed better throttle behavior on the 2013 bikes compared to earlier models?

And if so ... do we know if the new firmware can be flashed to older model bikes?

Thanks!
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:21 AM   #435
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feels the same to me..
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