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Old 02-15-2009, 07:11 AM   #1
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Well i've been thinking about the name game bmw pulled on us for a while now, and am thinking the time is right -there are probably enough bikes out there now- i think we should get BMW to change the name to F 800 GS AND F 800 GSA this in my opinion would follow the 1200 the a has spokes and longer travel and the big gs has cast wheels and slightly shorter travel. i think this would make sense and not confuse people! what say ye? should we start a petition to send BMW?
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Old 02-15-2009, 07:23 AM   #2
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Huck, the reasons for BMW's naming scheme for these bikes has been speculated to death here. European insurance regs, trying to keep a favorite bike name in the product mix, who knows? No one here does, or if they do, they ain't saying.

So if you have a lot of spare time to go tilting at windmills, hey, knock yourself out. You want me to sign it? I'll sign it. But I think you have about as much chance of changing the minds at BMW HQ as does a mosquito farting in Mongolia.

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Old 02-15-2009, 07:32 AM   #3
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:03 AM   #4
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But I think you have about as much chance of changing the minds at BMW HQ as does a mosquito farting in Mongolia.

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Old 02-15-2009, 09:07 AM   #5
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Sales are votes, and they have a landslide victory.

The simple fact that they have sold lots of the F650GSs despite the confusing naming is likely evidence enough for them that they made the right decision in the first place. My understanding of the naming was that they did not want to disuade new riders and first time purchasers with the 800cc engine size, thinking that it might be too much to handle.

Personally, I chose the correctly named version
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:32 AM   #6
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Huck, the reasons for BMW's naming scheme for these bikes has been speculated to death here. European insurance regs, trying to keep a favorite bike name in the product mix, who knows? No one here does, or if they do, they ain't saying.

So if you have a lot of spare time to go tilting at windmills, hey, knock yourself out. You want me to sign it? I'll sign it. But I think you have about as much chance of changing the minds at BMW HQ as does a mosquito farting in Mongolia.

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I see so many posts about the nameing of this bike ----i thought perhaps the owners might like to try to do something about it------thinking if we had 1 or 2 thousand names might change their minds! besides it was too cold to ride this morning and i needed something to do till it warmed up!!!! 32 when i left
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Old 02-15-2009, 12:48 PM   #7
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Don't worry about it, just enjoy the bike. If a mosquito farts in Mongolia, who the F*ck cares.
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:30 AM   #8
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I like the 650 moniker, makes it a bit of a sleeper bike
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:02 AM   #9
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Yeah the reason I heard for the bad naming was that they wanted to pay homage and keep the family name of the previous F650GS alive. Personally I say call it what it is and I really like the idea of 800GS and 800GSA since the similarities and differences of the two bikes appear to be almost identical to the sims and diffs of the 1200GS/GSA.

But screw it, I know what my bike is and I'll just change it's name myself to F800GS and those of you with the 800 (actual) can just take a sharpie and write a little A behind the GS on your bikes.

So on that topic, I ordered two big black reflective GS stickers that go on the front body much like on the 800 model from TheLouv (3" as opposed to 3.5" because our 650 space doesn't seem to be the same there). Now I just need to get my hands on F8GS and F800GS stickers (or 798). You can argue that I shouldn't, but my bike is an F-GS and it is an 800.

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Old 02-16-2009, 12:28 PM   #10
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:27 PM   #11
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...I really like the idea of 800GS and 800GSA since the similarities and differences of the two bikes appear to be almost identical to the sims and diffs of the 1200GS/GSA...
Yeah, that 33 ltr fuel tank on the F800GS is really great!
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:54 PM   #12
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Yeah, that 33 ltr fuel tank on the F800GS is really great!
Touche. Differences vs similarities aren't exactly the same! Just pointing out the 650/800 are essentially as related to each other as the 1200gs/gsa.
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Old 02-16-2009, 02:07 PM   #13
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Touche. Differences vs similarities aren't exactly the same! Just pointing out the 650/800 are essentially as related to each other as the 1200gs/gsa.
Sorry. My bad. Didn't realise that "almost identical" meant "essentially as related to". Silly me.
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Old 02-16-2009, 02:27 PM   #14
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Sorry. My bad. Didn't realise that "almost identical" meant "essentially as related to". Silly me.
Emphasis on the "almost" identical
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Old 02-16-2009, 04:12 PM   #15
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Boy, this is getting interesting
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