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Old 04-25-2012, 12:15 PM   #781
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My front brakes have been squeaky since pretty much day on on my f800gs Not on hard braking but just slowing down to a stop at a traffic light. It has about 2000 miles on it now and the sound has yet to go away. My xr650l front brakes did it to and I was told when the xrs brakes stop squeaking then its time for new pads. Is this the same way with the f800gs?
Hi there,

I have 2200km on my f800gs and I have the same thing with front breaks. It sounds like an old train while slowing down and it feels like the brake pads were made out of wood. Very strange feeling.
I went to my bmw dealer, they have check it, cleaned even though it was clean, but nothing has changed. They told me that those pads are very hard and this is how this breaking system works with this bike.
Last 10 years I was riding Yamahas (many models) and never had front brakes working in this strange way and I am still not sure if it really is how it supposed to be.

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Old 04-25-2012, 07:51 PM   #782
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Chain question

I am way bummed out... I am new, maybe you have already answered other questions of mine... I was admiring my 8GS today and noticed that the chain is REALLY loose, like 3-4 inches up down at least. I do not know how long it has been this way, but my question is whether I can just snug it up to the 35-40mm mark or do I need to assess for other things? If so what are the other things it could be? Luckily I was just getting ready to change the rear tire tomorrow. Any help is appreciated!
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:58 AM   #783
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Hi there,

I have 2200km on my f800gs and I have the same thing with front breaks. It sounds like an old train while slowing down and it feels like the brake pads were made out of wood. Very strange feeling.
I went to my bmw dealer, they have check it, cleaned even though it was clean, but nothing has changed. They told me that those pads are very hard and this is how this breaking system works with this bike.
Last 10 years I was riding Yamahas (many models) and never had front brakes working in this strange way and I am still not sure if it really is how it supposed to be.

Best regards,
rfk

Mine's been doing the exact same thing since day one. I've taken it in and had it checked out, "cleaned" and within a stop or two they are back to doing it again. A little Simple Green sprayed down around the pads will clean it up and stop the squeak for a few stops but it comes right back. Can't wait for the brakes to wear out so I can replace them with something that hopefully won't squeak and squawk like the stockers. You'd think for the price of the bikes, they could toss on some quiet pads.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:57 AM   #784
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Hi there,

I have 2200km on my f800gs and I have the same thing with front breaks. It sounds like an old train while slowing down and it feels like the brake pads were made out of wood. Very strange feeling.
I went to my bmw dealer, they have check it, cleaned even though it was clean, but nothing has changed. They told me that those pads are very hard and this is how this breaking system works with this bike.
Last 10 years I was riding Yamahas (many models) and never had front brakes working in this strange way and I am still not sure if it really is how it supposed to be.

Best regards,
rfk
I noticed that riding on dirt that the brakes have a real funny feeling with the ABS on. I start to use the front brake and it feels like something is stuck between the pad and rotor. After I brake a couple of times it goes away. It comes back if I don't use the front brake for a while. It is a lot different feel than the feed back you get when the ABS is working. I pull in on the lever and there is some immediate resistance. Then the lever keeps going in and I don't get a solid feel like when the pad is making hard contact with the rotor. On pavement the lever has increasing resistance as you pull the lever in. It has only happened about 4 times so it doesn't happen often enough that I can figure it out or even tell if the brake is working at all.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:13 PM   #785
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I just thought about something I would like to do to my bike!
I am in the process of purchasing all the parts do to a front suspension swap, but since I am at it what would it take to make this a dual-disc front brake? The set-up is going to be a USD Yamaha fork!

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Old 05-09-2012, 06:14 PM   #786
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I just thought about something I would like to do to my bike!
I am in the process of purchasing all the parts do to a front suspension swap, but since I am at it what would it take to make this a dual-disc front brake? The set-up is going to be a USD Yamaha fork!
I think that BMW would be smart to add a second disc to any future F650GS revisions. I certainly appreciate it on the F800. Aside from the 14 hp difference and the front wheel/suspension differences, no 2nd disc is the main reason I read a lot of people went for the F800GS ove the F650GS.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:50 PM   #787
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Another stupid question ... what is the widest and narrowest rear and front tires we can run on these bikes? I am looking to run some street tires and there are not many options if I stick exactly with the same size.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:22 PM   #788
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Another stupid question ... what is the widest and narrowest rear and front tires we can run on these bikes? I am looking to run some street tires and there are not many options if I stick exactly with the same size.
The bottom of this page has a nice chart for that: https://www.denniskirk.com/help_center/tire-sizes.jsp
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:46 AM   #789
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I am looking to run some street tires
Not sure what you've been running but I'm very pleased with Anakee 2's as a street tire. Took some pics a couple of weekends ago of the old as I was spooning on the new - need to post up in 'oh no you didn't' but haven't yet.

Good grip dry or wet on sealed. Good wear. Junk in mud.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:42 PM   #790
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I think that BMW would be smart to add a second disc to any future F650GS revisions. I certainly appreciate it on the F800. Aside from the 14 hp difference and the front wheel/suspension differences, no 2nd disc is the main reason I read a lot of people went for the F800GS ove the F650GS.
HELL yes. I burned my first set of front pads down past the bars in 7k km. I just did my 10k service, and the "new" pads with 3kon them are down to 40% remaining. Ok, I commute on it, but fuck me, a front pad change every 7k km? I'm off for a 20k km ride in less than a month, I'm supposed to be a pad paranoiac? *rabblerabble*
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:40 PM   #791
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This is the really stupid question: how do I know if I have a standard or a low GS?
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:36 PM   #792
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Measure the seat height and then compare it to the BMW website?
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:37 PM   #793
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This is the really stupid question: how do I know if I have a standard or a low GS?
You'd think the dealer would have mentioned if it was lowered ;)
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:02 AM   #794
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I purchased it used!
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:05 AM   #795
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I purchased it used!
Email the previous owner? Park it next to another :)
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