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Old 05-19-2015, 01:50 PM   #1
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Question Differences between model years for 800GS

Thinking about adding to the stable...the 1200 loaded is too big for two up riding in the Idaho Backcountry and that is what we like to do at times. Are there appreciable differences between say a 2009 and a 2012 F800GS. I get the Adventure difference just curious about the base units.
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:22 PM   #2
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There are no substantial differences between the 2008 and the 2012 base models. Up until 2012 the only differences were made in terms of colour and limited editions. Only in 2013 the first visible upgrades were made: the design of most plastic parts was altered (although only in detail) and I think there were some rather minor changes to the onboard computer and cooling system.

If I were you, I'd go for a 2010+ model: all initial faults should have been dealt with at that point. Well, as far as BMW cares about such trivials, anyway
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:23 PM   #3
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A bonus would be a '12 model with the new design alternator but only if the price warranted it. Have no plans to upgrade my '09 for a newer year regardless of cost. I have however, added some newer design parts like the centre stand, sprocket carried (larger bolts), a '12 bodywork set and a '12 fuel pump assy. Just because.
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:30 PM   #4
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'13 was the first year for WP.. Might find a decent 13 out there..
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Old 05-20-2015, 04:27 AM   #5
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Thinking about adding to the stable...the 1200 loaded is too big for two up riding in the Idaho Backcountry and that is what we like to do at times. Are there appreciable differences between say a 2009 and a 2012 F800GS. I get the Adventure difference just curious about the base units.
When I bought my 2013 F800GS, it was first year to have the ESA and ASC (electronic adjustable shock and traction control)...

I replaced the shock with Touratech Expedition and lost the electronic adjustment.

The ASC is excellent when on street. Especially on my K1600GTL. But not at all needed on a DS bike like the F800GS.

Find a well taken care of 2009 or newer F8GS and redo the suspension and add steering damper and you will be as good as new.
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