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Old 01-09-2009, 03:35 PM   #106
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Inspiring ride. Beautiful pictures. Thank you!
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Old 01-10-2009, 05:10 AM   #107
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man, those pictures are mesmerising !!!

what a great experience
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:48 AM   #108
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we had company on the antenna too
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:49 AM   #109
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It was getting late so...
faster on the road. less time for pict.


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Old 01-12-2009, 08:50 AM   #110
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Eventually, we reached Meknes and found an hotel....
guess what...
we were totalled.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:53 AM   #111
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The next day, we woke up early and went peacefully to Tangier for the boat to Barcelona.

coffee and smoke break. time for pictures

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Old 01-12-2009, 08:55 AM   #112
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Then Tangier. the waiting.



guys are a tad tired but happy.


Same time next year ?


you bet !
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:00 AM   #113
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Then the boat.


Then the sick.


And the goodbye ! See how Christian is


the return was a bit difficult for him

okay, now enough for the pict. I'll get Christian impressions about the 800GS.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:42 AM   #114
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Nice read, great ride report!

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Old 01-13-2009, 02:23 AM   #115
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Thanks again Thierry!

Now you have to write the Greek ride report :-)

Lefteris


ps. You are implying that you never layed hands on the f800? I don't believe it.

ps2. Any news from dirk?
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Old 01-13-2009, 03:01 AM   #116
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Now you have to write the Greek ride report :-)
yes
and you, your last 2 trips
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You are implying that you never layed hands on the f800? I don't believe it.
no, u're right. I played a little with the small gs. even recently in the sand. but Christian is an offroad rider. Do a lot of enduro races. he knows what he's talking about.
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Any news from dirk?
he's working at last !!
Anyway, we're still waiting for some RR from him........
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Old 01-13-2009, 03:44 AM   #117
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Great road report-very inspiring. I yearn for a warmer drier climate right now. I appreciate your pictures and insight to Morrocco.
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:44 AM   #118
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I yearn for a warmer drier climate right now. I appreciate your pictures and insight to Morrocco.
same for me
always better to write a RR during winter
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:03 AM   #119
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So about the 800GS impressions.

first, "there is no light on this bike".
okay, you must know that Christian had a DL650, the little vstrom, before.
and the strom _has_ lights ! that's for sure.
For my 12GS rider point of view, the 800GS lights are okay.
For Christian, he said he lost here.
So guess what... he's mouting aux lights... he's becoming a GS rider

Second, the fork.
okay but way too soft.
here again, you have to know that the guy is an enduro racer. he likes his fork to be hard.
I played a little with his enduro bike (a 250wrc). damned. the fork is hard ! a pain for me. but when u're riding off road, u need it.
So he did the simpliest, that is to change the oil in the fork.

Third, the bashplate. Or the lack of bashplate.
It's an option. For this bike, it seems ridiculous.
Anyway, he took the bmw's. the 1st model. great. after 2 days, the bike was back to the dealer. carter broken.
changed under warranty. new bashplate mounted. the new and corrected version.

Fourth, the tank. Not enough gas here. He thought.
So he made something to be able to carry 2x2liters of gas.
And he never used them. So after all what the dealer said about the mileage was true.

Fifth, the rear shocks.
this is here that you can say that at least KTM sell bikes with proper shocks.
the 990adv shocks compared to the one from the 12GS or the ADV..... doh.
same apply sadly to the 800GS.
so we may have the 2 bikes at the same price. but they are not of the same quality. on this point, I'm very displeased with bmw.
So what was wrong with the rear shock.
on the road, okay. on the tracks, the bike wasn't steady. rear was fuzzy, unreliable, too much bouncing.
So what had to be done has been done... He bought an ohlins.
and he tested it...quite hard on mx circuit.
ooooooooooohhhh !
now, that's a bike ! and a damn good bike.
now, he said, I can compare it with a 990ADV.

Sixth, the windshield.
stock WS is okay offroad. For Morocco weather, fine.
but for everyday commuting, no. too small.
he went for the touratech's one.
gook look. as a matter of fact, it looks like the small. fit aesthetically perfectly to the 800GS.

So now, we will have to go again in Morocco to test it with the mods.

/thierry
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:54 AM   #120
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Great RR and pics!

Thank you!

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