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Old 12-09-2012, 07:34 PM   #6286
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Does anybody carry Octane Boost with them on trips that will reach areas that don't have Premium? Would work in a pinch if needed?

My 530 runs fine on Regular but not so good on 10% ethanol...almost every station in Utah had the mix in every hose including Premium...which I bought all the time thinking that they didn't add it to Premium but they did. Finally found a station that had no-ethanol gas and the bike ran better after that.
Carried it on our Alaska trip had to use it twice heading up the Dempster. Ran regular for a tank or 2 during the whole trip and really had no issues, but after reading the problems that Naomi and Alberto had with BMW and them (bmw) blaming it on running low octane fuel, I try to use premium exclusively in my F800

I agree with Piffle. Unless you are pushing it any quality regular fuel in most of Canada or the US should not cause issues if you had to use it for a tank or 2.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:47 PM   #6287
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Carried it on our Alaska trip had to use it twice heading up the Dempster. Ran regular for a tank or 2 during the whole trip and really had no issues, but after reading the problems that Naomi and Alberto had with BMW and them (bmw) blaming it on running low octane fuel, I try to use premium exclusively in my F800

I agree with Piffle. Unless you are pushing it any quality regular fuel in most of Canada or the US should not cause issues if you had to use it for a tank or 2.

Good to know, thanks Piffle and dryden_rider_54! How does that Bmw800 compare to the Bmw650? More features besides power?

How does the 650 compare to a Klr 650, power wise?
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:55 PM   #6288
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:59 PM   #6289
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Right beside the kitchen sink... I knew you'd carry it BackRoader!

Any interest in the 400?
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:09 PM   #6290
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Right beside the kitchen sink... I knew you'd carry it BackRoader!

Any interest in the 400?
Actually the octane boost only travels with the BMW and the Harley.

No action on the 400, it's off the market for the winter.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:32 PM   #6291
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Good to know, thanks Piffle and dryden_rider_54! How does that Bmw800 compare to the Bmw650? More features besides power?

How does the 650 compare to a Klr 650, power wise?
Not sure if you are talking hte 650 single or the twin. We have both the F800 and F650 (twin). Only real difference is the wheels cast vrs spoke, tire size where the 800 has a 21 the 650 a 19 front

There is some small suspension differences and size of sprockets but they both have the same engine. The 650 is "detuned" so has approx 15 less hp but can run on regular fuel.

Riding them I really see no difference in power. as these bikes develop their top HP up on the rpm scale. The 650 is a far better handler around town and on the highway. It is also lower seat height.

I met a couple guys touring on the 650s and i would not hesitate to buy one. In fact if i had to do it again it would be a very tough choice. The 800 is supposed to be more "dirt" oriented but for just burning up gravel roads and open road touring the 650 will easily hold it's own.

As for the 650 vrs the KLR there is no comparison. The 650 has close to double the hp, but remember it is actually an 800. That being said the 650 BMW is nearly twice the price.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:50 PM   #6292
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Not sure if you are talking hte 650 single or the twin. We have both the F800 and F650 (twin). Only real difference is the wheels cast vrs spoke, tire size where the 800 has a 21 the 650 a 19 front

There is some small suspension differences and size of sprockets but they both have the same engine. The 650 is "detuned" so has approx 15 less hp but can run on regular fuel.

Riding them I really see no difference in power. as these bikes develop their top HP up on the rpm scale. The 650 is a far better handler around town and on the highway. It is also lower seat height.

I met a couple guys touring on the 650s and i would not hesitate to buy one. In fact if i had to do it again it would be a very tough choice. The 800 is supposed to be more "dirt" oriented but for just burning up gravel roads and open road touring the 650 will easily hold it's own.

As for the 650 vrs the KLR there is no comparison. The 650 has close to double the hp, but remember it is actually an 800. That being said the 650 BMW is nearly twice the price.
Thanks dryden rider! Didn't realize the 650 was a twin...haven't looked into the Bmw's much, mostly due to the prices. Trying to figure out where I want to go with this adventure riding thing. Seem's I need at least 3 bikes of different styles to do all the different types of riding that I'm interested in First I guess I have to get back to work...well maybe wait til 2013 now
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:57 PM   #6293
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Thanks dryden rider! Didn't realize the 650 was a twin...haven't looked into the Bmw's much, mostly due to the prices. Trying to figure out where I want to go with this adventure riding thing. Seem's I need at least 3 bikes of different styles to do all the different types of riding that I'm interested in First I guess I have to get back to work...well maybe wait til 2013 now
Yes BMW makes things as confusing as shit. There is a 650 single (that is actually a 650) ZZ_Ron has one. Used to be called the Funduro then the F650 and I think it is now the G650

This year they put out the 650 Serato single and all reviews lead to it being a nice ride. Again dollar for dollar I think the KLR or even a Suzuki DR 650 is a better bang for your buck although maybe not a better bike.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:59 PM   #6294
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Youtube videos...

I finally got around to signing up for youtube to post some longer video's as photobucket is a nightmare for video. So I am wondering if anyone knows how to embed the video in a post here. This is the video....

This is off the last steep, rocky section up to Mosquito Pass near Leadville, Colorado. 13,185' up, it is the highest vehicle pass in Colorado.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3bqqao7EHI
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:27 AM   #6295
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I finally got around to signing up for youtube to post some longer video's as photobucket is a nightmare for video. So I am wondering if anyone knows how to embed the video in a post here. This is the video....

This is off the last steep, rocky section up to Mosquito Pass near Leadville, Colorado. 13,185' up, it is the highest vehicle pass in Colorado.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3bqqao7EHI
You mean like this?

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Nice Rob...I like the video....saves me going up there. I will strike it from my list..
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Nice Rob...I like the video....saves me going up there. I will strike it from my list..
Ya gotta ride! Don't wuss out...it will give you somewhere to ride that 1200GS next year
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Short Video of my Buddy failing at jumping a double jump and crashing. Luckily he didn't endo and fell of the side instead

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Another Video from this summers Colorado ride...

This was on the lower section of Imogene Pass heading toward Ouray Colorado. Lots of fun!!

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