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Old 02-14-2010, 10:02 PM   #1
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Breakin in the F8 in Baja

after sifting through every Baja RR on ADV i was hooked enough to head down there on my own....i had some prep to do of course like buying a bike, getting a license and learning how to ride......i have to credit a few inmates before i begin telling my story. Chitown, Boogie & csiptav are work friends who have answered countless questions and offered nothing but positive advice - never saying i was crazy for wanting a bike for my mid life crisis. we all travel tons with work and when i finally had a break at home last summer i decided to chase down a license and tie in my love of travel to my interest in bikes.

originally, i was going to start a RR to document my experience with the new bike and new license, but decided to just ride and let the stories evolve.

so here it is..turned 40, got a license, needed a bike and was surrounded by BMW fans (and lived 1 block from a dealer...) so the choices were few i guess...was not confident about the bigger bikes and wanted freedom to travel just about any roads so took a deep breath and pulled the trigger on an F800GS....wanted grey, but the only option at my dealer was a yellow & black thing...

i have since grown quite fond of the the 'new bumblebee'...especially given its lineage..here's a couple of fine rides i think the the F8 owes some styling to:



and



now that's some cred - i always like pulling up to these other great rides...and it changed my mind on the color.

now the first pic was my stock F8 and the second was the final version leaving las vegas for Baja - a few bits have been added to the bike working up to this trip and here they are:

- TKC 80s
- Jesse Safari II's
- BMW Handguards
- BMW Skid Plate
- Wild@heart Crash Bars
- GIT tail plate
- Best Rest Headlamp Protection
- Best Rest 1 Gal Peg Packer
- Tour Tech Kickstand Plate
- Tour Tech Instrument Panel Plate (Dual Plug)
- Centech AP2 5-way fuse block & switched relay
- Garmin GPSmap478 & GXM-30 on a swivel RAM mount

Other stuff i used:

- Wolfman Expedition Tank Bag (wired up with Powerlet input)
- Wolfman Expedition Dry Duffel Bag
- Rev'it Cayenne Pro Jacket & Pants
- Rev'it Tempest & Zenith gloves
- Gerbings Jacket
- Shoei Hornet
- Sidi On Road Boots
- Back Pack & 3 L Camelback
- Pelican 1450 Camera Case
- Benro Tripod
- SPOT Tracker

at the end of the day, i had no idea i was getting into such an investment, but the riding has been more amazing than i had imagined. now that i'm rolling Boogie reminded me, 'its just gas now!'...

now that i have put some ruff roads under the bike i can seriously endorse all the gear and have to thank everyone who posts here for their help because this is where i learned most about everything i used!

so there's 8500 km of riding getting the bike out of toronto and down to vegas where i jumped for the baja adventure - i'll try not to bore you too much, but it was an adventure getting to the adventure!

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Old 02-15-2010, 04:23 AM   #2
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nice looking bike indeed!
lets see it get....dusty in baja!

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Old 02-15-2010, 05:01 AM   #3
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:10 AM   #4
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So how did you get the bike from Toronto to Vegas?

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Old 02-15-2010, 08:09 AM   #5
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So how did you get the bike from Toronto to Vegas?

"so there's 8500 km of riding getting the bike out of toronto and down to vegas where i jumped for the baja adventure - i'll try not to bore you too much, but it was an adventure getting to the adventure!"
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:54 AM   #6
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Baja is the perfect place to break in / test your new bike. Please, go ahead and 'bore' us with another Baja ride report.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:49 AM   #7
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:48 AM   #8
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Love the new TCK 80s on the F8!

You better not being taking time away from your report to go work...

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Old 02-15-2010, 12:13 PM   #9
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So how did you get the bike from Toronto to Vegas?

the idea of actually getting the bike out the country was not even hatched back in July when i took the bike out for its maiden runs...

in fact, Boogie actually drove the bike off the lot for me in the pouring rain because he had all the gear for it (i did not even own a helmet...). He had just rode in from Halifax on his Kawasaki Versys to work on a show with me and was already soaking wet from the ride..

during the gig we did some local riding around town to get comfy on the bike. Boogie blocked and i was finally ridin. now i have always rode pretty gnarly mountain bike trails on 2 wheels, but Toronto traffic looked a whole lot different without a car around me. one of our favorits stops was BMW motorrad where Boogie fell for a 1200GS..i might have fanned the fire some being excited about my F8.

he headed home and i finally got on the road by myself with a run up to my friends cabin by Lake Simcoe. there she was, all dressed up for the first solo run:




looked pretty sharp with all my camping gear packed up:



the ride was gorgeous and i soon realized how much i enjoyed riding the countryside being in the moment while you traveled. Also, dragged the camera out on the trip - I now had new subject matter for photos! and the bike is the patient subject of so many of these now...





and of course the first of many dopy portraits taken by my friends:



instantly my friends big orange dog Finn (no relation to Chitown) became my guard dog...



i would much later find out how much better this is than being chased un expectedly by a nattty baja rancho dog...
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:45 PM   #10
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funny looking back how clean the bike was....

anways, after that trip had to put the bike away because of work. Boogie flew into town and we were off on our summer gig:





Would you ask this man for a raise?





Boogie hard at work:

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Old 02-15-2010, 02:04 PM   #11
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If there's ever been a sexier bike made, I'd like to see it. I don't have one, but I do have a 1:12 scale diecast model of this exact bike on my desk to drool over!

Lookin' forward to the report...
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:21 PM   #12
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Keep it coming, please. We are riding along with you, sucking up the dust.
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:29 PM   #13
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Perfect choice in my opinion. Those Jessies are primo, why no top box though?
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:54 PM   #14
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:18 PM   #15
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Perfect choice in my opinion. Those Jessies are primo, why no top box though?
i was sold on the jessie's early on but was always wanting to keep the packing simple. i figured packing a bike was similar to packing a back pack - buy a bigger backpack and you will stuff it with more stuff....the top box was an option in my mind for 'future expansion'

so far the pack is:

Right Side (larger box) = clothes, first aid, day shoes, toiletries, small camping bits

Left Side (small box over muffler) = tools, camp stove, day jacket, small water bottle (500ml just in case), pump & air guage, hat

Top Bag = sleeping bag, tent, sleeping roll, water purifier & some dehydrated meal bags

Back Pack = 3L Camelbak plus i would stash my Rev'it liners i was not wearing in there (SPOT lived in top pocket of back pack)

Pelican Case = Camera body & 3 lenses with Tripod tied down on top

Tank Bag = maps, phone, battery charger for camera, headlamp, small bits

i never really changed the pack at all, it seemed just about right for me.

the pack was designed so i could leave the camping gear behind easily if necessary and still have the essentials. i guess a top box could have done the same thing, but i liked the expansion of the bag for extra food/water and the camera case sat perfect on the GIT plate for quick access (as quick as an SLR could be i guess)

I will say this about the Jessies....i had to drag the bike around on uneven ground more than a few times to lift it back up - the Jessies are bomb proof (another story about side bags to come)..
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