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Old 03-12-2010, 12:08 PM   #1
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What sized truck for 800GS?

Quick question (with quick answer, hopefully!):

How long a truck bed would you need to carry an F800GS?

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Old 03-12-2010, 12:18 PM   #2
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:44 PM   #3
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Listed wheelbase is 62.1"

62.1 + 17 / 2 + 21 / 2 + error ≈ 84" (7 feet) at least

Why would you humiliate the poor F8 like that, though?
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:49 PM   #4
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Fits on my 8 ft trailer with about 6 inches to spare.
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:56 PM   #5
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At work and unable to actually measure this. But some quick figuring...from BMW's specs...with 62.1" (wheel base) + 13.7" (radius of front wheel/tire) + 12.65" (radius of rear wheel/tire)= 88.45"/12= 7.37' (or just under 7' 5") for overall length. Minium transport length will be 76-78" (wheelbase + radius of one wheel/tire + an couple of inches for safety) in a pick-up depending whether you back it in to the bed or not. So it depends on whether you want the tailgate open or closed. If open is not a problem then a 6ft bed truck or even the 5.5ft supercab types will do, and most of your compact trucks as well; typical tailgate length is 20-22". If you want a closed tailgate than you will need an 8ft bed.
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:02 PM   #6
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T100 works

I've hauled KLRs and an R1150GS in my T100 with the tailgate down, no problemo. I'm sure the GS8 would fit the same way. Truck is an extended cab with 6-foot bed.
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:40 PM   #7
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:41 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the info! I'm looking at maybe buying a mid-sized truck (probably either a Tacoma or a Frontier) and I'm wondering about what length to get. I'll mostly be carrying around a dirt bike but was thinking that I should probably get it long enough to take the GS too. Both trucks have a long bed option though I'd prefer to go with the short bed if possible. More measuring to do I think...
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:43 PM   #9
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Mine fits fine in the bed of my short bed (6 foot) 2500 Dodge. Tail gate down and it fits fine straight in. At an angle, corner to corner, I can get the tailgate to close but it's too much a pain to worry about that.

Blasphemy to do? Maybe. I had no choice when I had to take mine in for some serious steering head bearing issues that made it very unsafe to ride.
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:36 PM   #10
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I just pissed the tub off and put a flat bed on the hilux/pickup, fits 3 MX bikes and all the fuel, gear bags and a tool box no worries. Even put a harley on there. Could fit two F800's on if you wanted.
But its a dedicated bike hauler so its just an old farm ute, if your carrying bikes alot look into a flat bed though its alot easier.

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Old 03-12-2010, 08:02 PM   #11
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Corner to corner a pain? WTF? 2 tie downs and its lock in TIGHT.

And for you that believe you should ride EVERYWHERE? Where the Middle finger smilie....You can't friggin ride everywhere all the time despite what you may think.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:06 PM   #12
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And for you that believe you should ride EVERYWHERE? Where the Middle finger smilie....You can't friggin ride everywhere all the time despite what you may think.
That's the easy part, I sold my truck. So I do ride all the time. That or shotgun in the tow truck.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:14 PM   #13
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The ONLY time any of my bikes have ever seen the bed of a pickup or trailer is when they're broken down and on the way to or from the shop. Anything else, well, I just couldn't stomach the idea.

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Old 03-12-2010, 09:03 PM   #14
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i put mine in the back of a Nissan Frontiier Crew Cab Shortbed...the shortest bed made.... on an angle with the rear tire on the gate....I pick it up from the dealer this way....

just like this one...
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:17 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Pomo
Listed wheelbase is 62.1"

62.1 + 17 / 2 + 21 / 2 + error ≈ 84" (7 feet) at least

Why would you humiliate the poor F8 like that, though?
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Gosh, you guys are some math whizes!

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