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Old 01-12-2013, 10:57 AM   #16
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12,000 miles in 6 months is pretty impressive. I drive my car less then 8,000 miles a year. I might put more milage on a bike if I start doing some trips with it. The Rawhyde Adventure course is something I definitely want to do if i get a BMW.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:05 AM   #17
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12,000 miles in 6 months is pretty impressive.
That's what happens when you get a BMW You just wanna ride!
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:22 AM   #18
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I'm still pondering my choices. A local dealer has a new 2012 KLR650 marked down to $5000. I'd still be getting a longer warrantee with the 2011 F650GS. I see my self doing some 2-3 day tours so cases will be a needed add own. Does anyone else think the $9,250 asking price on the F650GS with Vario side and top cases, a Corbin seat, extended winshield and center stand is too high?
Would adding Touratech crash bars to the F650GS spare it damage from dropping it?
I'll definitely be taking a motor cycle safety course and looking into additional off road instruction?
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Hey Mark, with reguard to dropping the F650GS and TT crash bars; Yes, it seems likely that the bike can be dropped repeatedly without any serious harm (perhaps a mirror or turn indicator) with crash bars installed. OTOH, Vario luggage is crap for off road and really can't withstand much abuse. They're great for touring, but you'll want soft luggage for off road, or something stout like my Micatech aluminum boxes which seem to be completely indestructable
I have a friend who took up riding 2 years ago, and bought a Ninja 500 as a first bike, against my advice of course. She ended up spending a couple thousand $ on replacing the plastics after a relatively low speed get-off, but "Adventure bikes" don't break as easy (Multistrada not withstanding)
She bought a Tiger 800 last March and it has also been down, at low speed or stopped, at least 6-7 times in 10,000 miles with only a broken turn indicator and scratches on the Carribou luggage.

KLR is one of the best selling bikes in the "adventure touring" segment, but they are incredibly crude. Lots of people cross continents on them, but they didn't earn the nickname "paint shaker" without good reason
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:18 AM   #19
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I got my 2009 GS about a month ago and i'm lovin it . I payed 8k and it came bmw side cases , corbin seat , sw-motech crash bars and a cee baileys windsheild . I'm happy with it and I would do it again . As fair as going for a cheeper first bike like the klr or dr look at a 07 or older f650gs . You can get them with some add on's for a litter more money you'll get a lot more bike . Try looking at cycletrader thay'll have a but load . If you can afford the twin it'll be a better bike more HP . I ride my GS daily to work 70 miles round trip and it'll run 80mph all day and never look back .
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:32 PM   #20
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For just a few hundred bucks more, you could get the new 2013 F700. Standard abs, a bit more power, better brakes.

If you decide to go the BMW route, and you're seriously considering the 2011 F650, make sure the dealer shows you the brand new 700. Which starts at 9,900.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:59 PM   #21
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I appreciate the continued feedback. $9000 for the 2011 F600GS is out the door. Even at $9,900 for a 2013 F700GS I'll be looking at another grand in tax plus fees, documentation and destination charges. In addition, I'll still want to get some panniers and probably upgrade the seat.
Not to open up another can of worms, I'm starting to think about the Triumph Tiger 800 or 800 XC.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:51 AM   #22
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:32 AM   #23
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I appreciate the continued feedback. $9000 for the 2011 F600GS is out the door. Even at $9,900 for a 2013 F700GS I'll be looking at another grand in tax plus fees, documentation and destination charges. In addition, I'll still want to get some panniers and probably upgrade the seat.
Not to open up another can of worms, I'm starting to think about the Triumph Tiger 800 or 800 XC.
Watch some video comparisons between the Tiger 800 and the F800GS... It only reinforced the purchase of my F800.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:31 PM   #24
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I have appreciated all the input. This is a really friendly forum. I decided to cool my jets for a while, take a couple of motorcycle safety courses and perhaps the rawhide adventure course then consider buying an F 800 GS.
A big shout out to Eric at Sandia BMW. He seems like he would be really easy to work with. If anyone is interested in an F 650 GS check out the one at Sandia BMW in Albuquerque New Mexico. You can tell him Mark recommended him. That may give me some leverage when I make a deal a few months from now.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:15 PM   #25
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Let us know when you make your purchase. I don't think you will be disappointed with any bike.
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