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Old 10-21-2014, 02:04 PM   #1
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Early US F800GSes

I didn't intend for this to happen. Back in 2008, I ordered an F650GS twin, but when I compared it to the '09 F800GS still in the crate that had just been delivered to my local dealer, I changed my mind and bought No. ZU00069, the sixty-ninth F800GS built for US specs. There were several service bulletins and recalls for this and other first year US '09 bikes, but I've tweaked mine to perfection and it's a great bike.

A few days ago, I picked up another one-owner '09 F800GS, never giving serial numbers a thought, but it turns out to be No. ZU00019, the nineteenth bike. Weird. Today I swapped the wheels and tires out for another set I have, and I discover the front and rear axles (not the bolt) take a smaller wrench than No. 69. And unlike No. 69, No. 19's left chain tensioner is attached to the rear axle. The bikes were only 50 apart on the assembly line, but apparently parts specs were changing that quickly within the model year.

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Old 10-21-2014, 06:54 PM   #2
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I have an 09 800gs as well that I bought new. It's ZU00574 and the left rear axle tension block is attached to the axle as well.
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Old 10-21-2014, 07:28 PM   #3
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Uh huh.

If only you knew someone with the updated parts.

That hasn't put them in storage.

Ebay.....

My 2008 has many differences like your rear axle. As long as your front axle isn't part of the recall then there's no issue.
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Old 10-22-2014, 09:02 AM   #4
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It seems these bikes evolve quite rapidly. I was at the dealer the other day and just the difference between the 2014 models and my 2009 are pretty vast, including a redesigned water pump, beak, brake fluid reservoir, etc. As you stated, even the same model year there were changes.

Everyone remembers Lost rider and his problems. He bought his bike just before I did and I had a lot of the same problems as him, but most fixed preventatively under warranty. Some problems never surfaced such as stator and timing chain, though I'm only at a paltry 40K miles.

The bike has had it's ups and downs, and some of the up dates are certainly improvements. Still, I love my ugly yeller beast.
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Old 10-25-2014, 10:45 PM   #5
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I got an '09 sn 1053 built 11/2008 and if i remember correctly there was some sort of recall on axles about the second month I had mine...(June 09)
Still ride her and she is still running strong!
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Old 11-01-2014, 04:37 PM   #6
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2009 #199. Did the recall fixes on second free gas tank, got a good chain, no problems till stator died at 40k miles. No valve adjustments yet, but it's probably time to check them.
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:02 PM   #7
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40 k and no need for valve adj yet, that is good to hear,I'm have about 20k on mine and have yet to do the valves, but will probably this winter. Mine keeps stalling when I roll up to a stop light just once seems right has it is warming up, only happens once and the. T runs great, afraid I got an electrical gremlin starting to pop up. Need to get a 911 tool and see what is happening, other then that just one new gas tank and a new chain a while back. No real complaints.
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:33 PM   #8
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ZU0586, 38k miles, Stator, clogged fuel injectors. Now it stalls when fully warmed up - dealer and BMW don't know what's wrong - details here:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=960627
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Old 11-02-2014, 12:09 AM   #9
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I wonder how many bikes were on that first boatload?. My serial number is ZU00138. I got the front axle recall. I think there were 754 of them, manufactured in 7-8/08, which leads me to believe they have sequential serial numbers. That doesn't mean they all came to the US. The last time I time checked the recall list, there was about 150 of them that had not been fixed.
http://www.autosafety.org/09v088000-...th-america-llc

The rear axle on my bike, built in 8/08, has the axle adjuster on the left side that is 1 piece with the axle..
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