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Old 12-13-2007, 05:58 AM   #1
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F800 Reliability

Within a gnat's behind of purchasing a BMW F800S. I'm wondering about owner reliability. Initial reports indicate a great bike but sometimes what starts fine ends poorly.

Have any new owners experienced any problems with their F800 series? The bikes have been on sale in Europe / Britain for much longer than this country so any inputs from overseas would be MOST appreciated.

Thanks much and please, don't call my banker!
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:21 AM   #2
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Bird I know has got one, and likes the ride, but has had a few problems. Hers in quite an early one, but it's still been back in a few times to try and sort a gearbox problem. And once more because of a random cutting out problem at low revs, typically when trying to manoeuvre the bike at low speeds. Other than that seems quite well put together, but with faults like those I'd be glad of a warranty and another means of getting about to depend upon for transport.
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:35 AM   #3
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Bird I know has got one, and likes the ride, but has had a few problems. Hers in quite an early one, but it's still been back in a few times to try and sort a gearbox problem. And once more because of a random cutting out problem at low revs, typically when trying to manoeuvre the bike at low speeds. Other than that seems quite well put together, but with faults like those I'd be glad of a warranty and another means of getting about to depend upon for transport.
We rented them in Japan, an S and an ST. They made some funny transmission noises, and my ST would shut off at low speeds after running for a long time, but then after a restart would do fine again, as if the computer had been re-set. My ST vibrated a couple of fairing bolts loose. My bike's rotors were warped at 8,000km.

I have heard of cylinder head and head gasket problems, but not first-hand.

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Old 12-13-2007, 09:45 AM   #4
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San Jose BMW has found the F800's to be absolutely bullet proof.

This F800 has spent several thousand miles playing Go Fast in the Calif mountains, ran a 4 hour at Infineon, and then with a San Jose Chain Drive conversion ran the 8 hour Moto ST at Daytona plus dozens of practice days, would you belive it, the bike now has all its street gear reinstalled asd is part of the San Jose BMW rental fleet. The engine and tranny have never been apart. The bike runs perfect and you can not tell the engine and tranny from a new one by riding it.

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Old 12-13-2007, 09:46 AM   #5
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I would suggest that you talk to San Jose BMW about F800's.
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Old 12-13-2007, 10:00 AM   #6
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With 9,000 miles on the F800ST, the only trips to the dealer have been for regular service and oil changes. Yes, there's an occasional false neutral and I've had it cut out once or twice, but nothing that would prevent me from buying another one. That drivetrain is smoooooth!
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Old 12-13-2007, 10:08 AM   #7
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I would suggest that you talk to San Jose BMW about F800's.
Not to sound like an ass, but if you ask a BMW dealer if their bikes are reliable, what do you think they are going to say?

Not to single out BMW. If you ask any dealer about their brands, does anyone think they are going to hear " yeah, great bike, but its got a crunchy gearbox, but it will be under warranty, so what are you worried about?"

I asked the local Kawasaki shop about the KLR650 doohicky, and he looked at me as if I spoke to him in Bengalese.

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Old 12-13-2007, 12:12 PM   #8
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San Jose BMW has found the F800's to be absolutely bullet proof.

This F800 has spent several thousand miles playing Go Fast in the Calif mountains, ran a 4 hour at Infineon, and then with a San Jose Chain Drive conversion ran the 8 hour Moto ST at Daytona plus dozens of practice days, would you belive it, the bike now has all its street gear reinstalled asd is part of the San Jose BMW rental fleet. The engine and tranny have never been apart. The bike runs perfect and you can not tell the engine and tranny from a new one by riding it.

I can't believe they'd run a bike in endurance races, practice days etc. and not take it apart in some fashion to race prep it.

Really?
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Old 12-13-2007, 12:45 PM   #9
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OP: beware in your quest for wording like "the most totally turbo solid as the rock of gibraltar bike on the planet," which, as exaggerated as my example is, is in a slightly toned-down version often what you get (emotional rhetoric, that is) when people refer to the premium brands of motorcycles. (e.g., make sure you've got your flame-retardant thong on before you criticize a guzzi online.) anywho, i'd be more apt to believe moderate language, which often reflects the reality of the situation better.*

*from one european moto press source: "The BMW F800S is a well put together motorcycle and accommodating loads of well thought out little extras, the motorcycle is built (not just marketed) to really last...."
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Old 12-13-2007, 01:45 PM   #10
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Suggest you hang out over on the F800 Riders Forum. 65 pages of gripes and glee on the F800S/ST.
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Old 12-13-2007, 05:06 PM   #11
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Old 12-13-2007, 05:24 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by jthurber80
Within a gnat's behind of purchasing a BMW F800S. I'm wondering about owner reliability. Initial reports indicate a great bike but sometimes what starts fine ends poorly.

Have any new owners experienced any problems with their F800 series? The bikes have been on sale in Europe / Britain for much longer than this country so any inputs from overseas would be MOST appreciated.

Thanks much and please, don't call my banker!
I've put over three thousand miles on mine and not a problem. Like most Beemers the engine feels like its just begining to loosen up. Its a great bike

and mines FOR SALE! PM me if you're interested . . .



By the way, the first batch of Europe bikes had some problems that were corrected by the time the U.S. got their allocation. The bike is bullet proof (even more so than the Boxers imho).
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Old 12-14-2007, 03:59 AM   #13
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I've put over three thousand miles on mine and not a problem. Like most Beemers the engine feels like its just begining to loosen up. Its a great bike

and mines FOR SALE! PM me if you're interested . . .



By the way, the first batch of Europe bikes had some problems that were corrected by the time the U.S. got their allocation. The bike is bullet proof (even more so than the Boxers imho).
Why are you selling?

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Old 12-14-2007, 06:48 AM   #14
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Exactly what I was thinking.

"Yessir.... these bikes here are not only bulletproof but nuke-proof, can go anywhere, never need gas or oil, and are a bargain at MSRP.
And all those so-called "honest owner" reviews you're getting? Well those are just internet rumours.... not a word of truth to any of it. The only problems these bikes ever have are all owner-inflicted..... the owner's own fault"


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Not to sound like an ass, but if you ask a BMW dealer if their bikes are reliable, what do you think they are going to say?

Not to single out BMW. If you ask any dealer about their brands, does anyone think they are going to hear " yeah, great bike, but its got a crunchy gearbox, but it will be under warranty, so what are you worried about?"

I asked the local Kawasaki shop about the KLR650 doohicky, and he looked at me as if I spoke to him in Bengalese.

Just sayin'
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