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Old 10-15-2012, 07:57 PM   #406
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damping.....preload is manual....on the fancier touring bikes it does both...and you can change the ESA on the fly
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:03 PM   #407
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Here is it in BMW's own words...

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Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA.
The Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA is a new feature in this motorcycle segment. Available as an option ex works, it allows the rider to conveniently set the rebound stage damping of the rear spring strut at the press of a button on the handlebars, with the settings "Comfort", "Normal" or "Sport" available, thereby adapting the set-up to the needs of both route and riding style. The handwheel for setting the desired spring mount has been optimised for improved controllability.


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Old 10-16-2012, 06:06 AM   #408
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Here is it in BMW's own words...
Thanks!
BMW does have some very clever wordsmiths ....
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:41 PM   #409
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Thanks!
BMW does have some very clever wordsmiths ....
what are you going to buy?
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:16 PM   #410
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what are you going to buy?
I'm going to buy "free time" ....

I just decided this evening that I'm going to keep riding my 4-year old F658GS ...

* I've mounted the farkles,
* I've had the recalls attended to
* my 2nd gas tank has a small crack which I will hope to get repaired under the parts warranty ... before it runs out
* my headlight reflector is crapping out on the hi-beam but I think I'll ignore it
* When Electrosport releases their new stator I'll install it - I think it will be well engineered.

Then I will "spend" the $4,500 it would cost me to trade up, to buy more "free time".
Free time I will use to wear out my current bike....

This past summer the bike and I had an EPIC adventure ...
I didn't post it as it was a little too personal and likely not of broad interest ...
but if you PM me your e-mail address I'll send the journal to you.
I think you and Cheryl would enjoy it!

Jim

PS: I may upgrade to the non-bobble-head front brake master cylinder arrangement .... that thing has always pissed me off ............
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:55 AM   #411
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I'm going to buy "free time" ....

I just decided this evening that I'm going to keep riding my 4-year old F658GS ...

* I've mounted the farkles,
* I've had the recalls attended to
* my 2nd gas tank has a small crack which I will hope to get repaired under the parts warranty ... before it runs out
* my headlight reflector is crapping out on the hi-beam but I think I'll ignore it
* When Electrosport releases their new stator I'll install it - I think it will be well engineered.

Then I will "spend" the $4,500 it would cost me to trade up, to buy more "free time".
Free time I will use to wear out my current bike....

This past summer the bike and I had an EPIC adventure ...
I didn't post it as it was a little too personal and likely not of broad interest ...
but if you PM me your e-mail address I'll send the journal to you.
I think you and Cheryl would enjoy it!

Jim

PS: I may upgrade to the non-bobble-head front brake master cylinder arrangement .... that thing has always pissed me off ............
a big +1 on that!

My f650 at 30k miles runs better than ever. I've sprung for a wilber rear shock(great improvement) and Intimidators for the front so the suspension is really dialed in now. All other farkels already well sorted. Now where to go? so many great choices.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:42 AM   #412
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F700GS launch package? What's available right now?

I visited our semi-local dealer last Saturday and test rode the F700GS. Compared to my 2001 thumper, there's a whole lot of power and smoothness. And although at the softest preload I could touch the ground, more of my foot needs to be able to on the ground to handle maneuvering, as Robbie expressed a few pages back "I live in an area where every driveway and parking area is gravel and uneven" and I am inseam challenged. It is ridiculous to be unable to walk the bike backwards without hopping and that doesn't cut it on uneven ground.

The dealer is saying that all of the F700GS' coming in are with the Launch Package, which basically adds heated grips. period. nothing else. And that if I want to special order a bike with the Comfort Package or a lowered bike, that I probably won't receive it until spring 2013. Which given that it is mid-October may not be such a bad thing but... I'd like to get a bike now :)

What are you all seeing? Are there 700gs out and about in the US with other packages?

I'm headed back to take another test ride with a low seat, but I'm getting the impression that I'd have to pay full price (or some price) for that seat - which looking at the option list, shows that there should be no extra charge for a low seat. (link to price/options list- thanks Patrick!)

I'm weighing my options though as I don't seek uber-gnarly roads so looking at the Versys and V-strom as other options too.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:58 AM   #413
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... What are you all seeing? Are there 700gs out and about in the US with other packages?
Local dealer here in NC has bikes with other packages.... so I don't know what that guys is thinking ...
but will admit the USA distribution channel seems a bit screwed up.

I think the low seat is a zero-cost option if ordered on the bike .... they may be actually selling you a bike with std. seat and then selling you the low seat?
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:59 AM   #414
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The dealers in my area received a fully loaded bike with ESA and traction control, and a launch pkg bike with only heated grips. So it seems it either all or nothing. I imagine at some point the Comfort pkg will be what most showroom bikes have...heated grips, center stand and trip computer.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:50 AM   #415
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Went on a little break in ride yesterday to Seattle. Had an appointment at AltRider. I love the ESA and how it makes the 800 feel way more comfortable on bad roads like the I-5. Between the border of Canada and Seattle the I-5 can rattle any vehicle. Using the comfort mode softened the bumpy road as if the 800 was a sport tourer.

Really enjoyed the ride and confirmed my need for a taller shield...come on Cee Bailey! and....risers to make this bike a real fit.

AltRider gang are a great bunch of people. Here is my new head light guard and crash guards....I think we have now protected our investment wisely by choosing these farkles this time around



Jeremy the owner making sure everything is fitting well



I am very pleased with this bike do far.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:51 PM   #416
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... crash guards....I think we have now protected our investment wisely by choosing these farkles this time around



I am very pleased with this bike do far.
Hey Soph9... nice looking additions! I like the use of B&W for some your shots too.

I looked back through the posts and couldn't find this - whose crash bars did you have installed? I'm mulling over choices and there are so many choices! Of course, BMW dealer wants me to install the BMW engine/crash bars. The bash plate from BMW looks good and long... but I hear different opinions on the crash bars.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:01 PM   #417
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Check your PM's terraunbound
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:11 PM   #418
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Hey Soph9... nice looking additions! I like the use of B&W for some your shots too.

I looked back through the posts and couldn't find this - whose crash bars did you have installed? I'm mulling over choices and there are so many choices! Of course, BMW dealer wants me to install the BMW engine/crash bars. The bash plate from BMW looks good and long... but I hear different opinions on the crash bars.
Look like Alt-Rider (I see the shiny silver nameplate). Great crash bars, same as what I have on my F800GS.

Bash plate... MOD. Not all of them protect the catalytic and when you're skidding, it's nice to know that your exhaust isn't going to get hung up on something pointy.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:29 PM   #419
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yep ALT crash guards and that is Jeremy in the picture the owner installing them himself as well as the head light guard. MOD skid is awesome. We wanted to get that one for our 650's but couldn't justify getting rid of our all ready installed Jesse plate.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:41 PM   #420
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Thanks for the info on the ESA comfort setting, soph9.
My knees and shoulders are going to want that some of the time.
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