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Old 09-15-2008, 03:29 PM   #181
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:05 PM   #182
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Test drove the Gs 800 today.
unless you look over your knees, it looks like a detuned 1200 GS.
The position was quite cramped with the low seat (I'm 6'3 though) and the dashboard is low, just as on a 1200 GS.
Of course it's lighter, but noise, reluctance to get up to revs, backfiring at roll-off, everything is so similar.
It was a quite short run (less than 20 miles), but I found it far less peppy than my KTM 950 S and far less entertaining.
In order to keep up with fast traffic you have to be well over 6500rpm, with the 950 you generally don't need to go past 5000rpm, torque-wise, it''s quite weak, it's a machine that needs to be whipped up and so enine noise is generally more prevalent than wind noise.
If I could have a jetting getting my 950 around 45 mpg., I guarantee you I would be a happy man, but no thanks, I'm not getting a BMW GS.
in 6th gear, i'm at 85 at less than 5500 rpm. haven't gotten there yet (that i've noticed) but 6500 rpm should be close to 100 mph. so i'm not sure what traffic you're dealing with.
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:30 PM   #183
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I put about 35,000 km on a Strom through Europe and Africa and about the same mileage on the 800. I'll write more later, but IMO, the 800GS is the perfect dual sport bike, ...
My question for you is, now that you have 35,000kms on it, what is your next bike going to be?
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:18 AM   #184
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in 6th gear, i'm at 85 at less than 5500 rpm. haven't gotten there yet (that i've noticed) but 6500 rpm should be close to 100 mph. so i'm not sure what traffic you're dealing with.
CBA I'm still breaking my F658 in, so can't experiment much, but just as I approach 5000 rpm I get a slight vibration have you noticed that also? I'm hoping it's not just my bike....

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Old 09-16-2008, 11:09 AM   #185
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Hi guys,

Just wondering if anyone fitted the Aluminium Adventure Panniers(seen on the 12GSA) on their F800GS?
Does BMW fit it as an option if the buyer wants them? An OEM rack for these panniers?

The closest rack i've come across that fits the ADV ALU panniers is by Holan but the rack's width is a little too wide! too much space between the rack and tailboard area. Any one has any info?

many thanks!
Try HappyTrail.com out of Boise ID - They have a GREAT setup for the BMW F650/800GS

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Old 09-16-2008, 02:15 PM   #186
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make that: http://www.happy-trail.com/

make that: http://www.happy-trail.com/
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:36 PM   #187
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They look nice - but what do the racks/mounts look like with the boxes removed?
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:37 PM   #188
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They look nice - but what do the racks/mounts look like with the boxes removed?
Sorry, I was just correcting the URL, I have not bought any of their stuff yet so can't comment

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Old 09-16-2008, 06:57 PM   #189
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A newsletter from Hornig just appeared in my inbox. A few little goodies here:
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:00 PM   #190
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CBA I'm still breaking my F658 in, so can't experiment much, but just as I approach 5000 rpm I get a slight vibration have you noticed that also? I'm hoping it's not just my bike....

Jim
what kind of vibes. there is a bit of a buzz as the RPMs increase. much over 5500 rpm, in 5th or 6th, you're breakin the law.
i am thinking of getting these anti-vibe risers, since i plan on getting risers anyways. http://www.roxspeedfx.com/cgi-bin/ca...?subcat_id=269
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:11 AM   #191
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Try HappyTrail.com out of Boise ID - They have a GREAT setup for the BMW F650/800GS

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went to their website... not that nice as compared to the GS Adv Alu panniers.
thanks much for your reply.. seems hard to get replies here.. =/

anyone plan on installing Aftermarket Alarm system on their 800gs? Scorpio's model i'm thinking of getting..
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:07 PM   #192
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They look nice - but what do the racks/mounts look like with the boxes removed?
Go to http://www.happy-trail.com/ProductIn...tid=HTP-1-8-1B and click on More Pictures.
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:40 PM   #193
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what kind of vibes. there is a bit of a buzz as the RPMs increase. much over 5500 rpm, in 5th or 6th, you're breakin the law.
i am thinking of getting these anti-vibe risers, since i plan on getting risers anyways. http://www.roxspeedfx.com/cgi-bin/ca...?subcat_id=269
Speeding? not ME.........

I'll have to mess with it once the break in is complete.. and yeah.. in any event it is not a big deal... 70mph cruise on the 658 is only 4K rpm ... due to slightly steeper gearing ...

Those are some dang interesting bar adapters!

Over on the UKGSes forum there is a discussion on barsnake & putting lead shot in the bars... FWIW...

Thanks,
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:46 PM   #194
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Speeding? not ME.........

I'll have to mess with it once the break in is complete.. and yeah.. in any event it is not a big deal... 70mph cruise on the 658 is only 4K rpm ... due to slightly steeper gearing ...

Those are some dang interesting bar adapters!

Over on the UKGSes forum there is a discussion on barsnake & putting lead shot in the bars... FWIW...

Thanks,
Jim
i've thought about the barsnakes, but i also know that i need the risers. therefore, the whole 2 birds, one stone thing comes into play. plus, i'm a sucker for cool CNC shit.
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:52 PM   #195
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RTW!!!
What an epic journey! Can’t wait to follow your travel thread.
Furthermore, thank you for being so gracious, patient and informative. I saw an F800 GS coming back from a moto trip to Oregon and it sparked serious interest. As a devout owner of a KLR (although the luster is fading primarily due to this thread), would you compare the two bikes in the off-road situations you encountered.

I’m a way off from purchasing a new bike, but the new bike, like my current farkled KLR, will, regretfully, be my only bike. It will have to fill a variety of roles including my trail bike (keeping up with MX bikes from time to time) and 80% dirt road adventure tourer. This may sound like a silly question to some, but would I be giving up anything in the off-road department over the KLR by purchasing the GS8? Any real reliability issues over the simple gas and go nature of the KLR? Thanks again for all the info and I hope to see you on the beaten path someday

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