|08-30-2012, 10:07 AM||#1|
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Montreal, Canada
New F800GS (soon to be) owner
I've just placed my order for a 2013 F800GS with lowered suspension. It's scheduled to be built in October or November and I'll have it for the start of our season here in Montreal in spring. I would appreciate your suggestions about what farkles to get as well as any other tips.
This bike will supplement my K1300GT (which I'm not getting rid of!) and will be used mainly to commute to/from work daily (on paved roads) but with some off-road stuff thrown in on weekends. I don't have any off-road experience yet, but I'm anxious to get into it.
I'm partial to the Zega Pro panniers and top box (I often carry camera gear and other stuff) and could use advice on other items. Like what to get in terms of:
Engine protection bars
Hand guards (I have Barkbusters on my K1300GT)
GPS mounting plate (for my Zumo 660)
better (higher) windshield (I had a Calsci on my Tiger 800 and liked it)
Has anyone installed a Stebel horn on the F800GS? Is there room somewhere?
Any other options I should be looking at?
Thanks very much!
|08-30-2012, 02:32 PM||#2|
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Get ready for many answers and about as many opinions.
I have the BMW skid plate, works fine and is solid, but is not flat at the bottom so I have to shim it when I lift the bike on my Sears hydraulic lift (not a big deal but there may be better choices for that)
I have the Touratech bars with extensions - liked the fact that they mount to the frame. They are a little bit more work to put on though.
I have the OEM hand guards, I can say from experience that they are very sturdy. Wind protection is so-so but hey that's what the heated grips are for.
I use a RAM mount with the Garmin M/C mount wired to the GPS plug.
I have the Denali II LED lights mounted inside the radiator shrouds and like them a lot.
I have the BMW touring W/S (liked the extra brace that it comes with for stability and GPS mounting option) but had to get a Laminar Lip to make it quiet (I'm tall and have a tall seat)
I have a Lexan cover thing, mounted with 3M dual-lock, ordered from somewhere (can't remember) for the headlight. Works good enough.
No experience with horns. Sorry.
"Rumors of my assimilation are greatly exaggerated." (Capt. Picard)
|08-30-2012, 02:41 PM||#3|
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: East Tennessee
Read the stickeys
the best thing to buy for your bike is gas.....Neduro
Remote is not found on the coffee table
|08-30-2012, 04:16 PM||#4|
Joined: Oct 2011
I like the SW Motec crash bars. They are priced right and offer good protection.
The factory plastic skid plate is probably OK for mild off road use and it comes on the bike.
I have the factory hand guards. I can't see much difference between the many brands.
I use a Z-Tecknic mount for my Montana. It is expensive but much stiffer (in my opinion) than the Ram option.
I don't ride at night or behind other bikes so I can't help with lighting or light guards.
I would try the stock windshield before considering other options.
I would also look at other pannier options. The Z pros are fine if you need that much room but they are 40" wide.
|08-31-2012, 02:07 PM||#5|
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Montreal, Canada
Now, just because I intend to use the F8 to commute to/from work on paved roads, doesn't mean I don't also want to get more into off-road riding and I just think the F8 is more capable in that regard.
I'll certainly be trying the stock windshield (after all the bike will be delivered with it) but I wasn't at all happy with the stock windshield on my K1300GT (I switched to a V-Stream) or on my Tiger 800 (where after trying stock, large touring and CalSci - ended up with the CalSci). So I'm really happy to hear what others have found works well (understanding that screens can be quite personal).
As far as panniers go, I no longer have my Tiger so can't measure how wide they were, but they were wider than the ones on my K1300GT which are about 37". (And each holds 34 litres.) The three extra inches for the Zega Pro doesn't really bother me as when I need panniers I need space and probably wouldn't be using them off-road (much). But do you have a make/model you recommend for the F8? There are SO many choices and so many claims by the manufacturers it's hard to figure out what's what.
Thanks for your comments!
|08-31-2012, 05:05 PM||#6|
Joined: Oct 2003
Check out the Jesse bags..
I've had my 800GS for two years. Love the bike. I had the dealer sell me the BMW varios and they were fine for awhile but after a "get off" or two off road I broke the mount and switched to the Jesse safari pannier system. I think they are solid, look good and I prefer a top loader.
+3 on on the Motech crash bars.
Barkbusters for me. Work great. adjustable hand protectors..
Metal Mule radiator guard ( I do take mine off road a lot.)
I have the Best Rest headlight guard.. ( I like the plexiglass version)
Moto Overland tail rack..
kreiga soft bags..
Quit dreaming, get on and start living.
|09-01-2012, 01:24 PM||#7|
its Ground Zero
Joined: Feb 2010
Sw motech bars
Bark busters or highway dirt bikes hand guards
MOD or black dawg skidplate
I like the caribou luggage. Pelicans have a lifetime warterproof warranty, paniers do get beat up. Plus Roger is great to work with.
2010 F800gs (Mine) 2011 F650gs (Wifes)
|09-02-2012, 04:38 PM||#8|
Joined: Apr 2005
Location: Dave Rankine, Reno NV
Take a look at the thread at the top of the first page. "Thread Index." There is a lot of info there that has been discussed in detail before you. Dave.
Pavement! We don't need no stinkin pavement.
|09-02-2012, 04:57 PM||#9|
Joined: Aug 2008
I did waaaaaay too much research before I farkled up. As a matter of fact I should have used that time for riding......
That said, I would recommend the following and haven't been disappointed by any of them and trust me, I crash A LOT.
Engine Guard - SW Motech
Skid Plate - MOD
Rear Rack - MOD
Headlight Cover - Altrider Lexan jobby
Front fender extender - Avant 12 (got mine from Advdesigns)
Handguards - Barkbusters
Luggage - Zegas will be fine, personally I have the Varios (came with the bike) but will be switching to some Wolfman softies for next offroad season
Dry Bag - Get a big ass Wolfman Expedition Dry Bag to throw over the Roto and MOD.
Fuel - Get a Rotopax adapter and 1.75 Gal jug for your MOD rear rack
Tank Bag - If you aren't going to be off road much I like the Wolfman Rainier or whatever that big ass one is. If you are, don't get a tank bag as it will get in your way as you lean in on the pegs. Get a map pocket instead.
New Footpegs - Pivotpegz 2
Folding Shift Lever - Touratech
Rear Brake Pedal Enlager - Touratech
Side Stand Foot - MOD
Clutch/Brake Levers - Pazzo
Lights - Have Denali 2's, love them, but would probably go with something by Rigid Industries next time.
- Mounted on a mounting plate by Kidala, an inmate here
Fairing/Screen - Brittania Composites Mirage 2
Tool Kit - Start with the Advdesigns premium kit and put it in the.....
- Tool Kit Holder - Skid Plate toolbox - MOD
Pump/Tire Kit - Again, liked the Advdesigns pump and patch kit for tubed tires (I have the tubeless one)
Electrical connectors/convertors - Burns Moto, I would recommend an adapter from a powerlet to a cigarette lighter and then a USB adaptor for that. Also, wire a 2nd Powerlet direct to battery for your pump. You can decide if you also need a SAE for a tender and/or an adapter for heated clothing.
I got the mod by High Tech Coonass or whatever he goes by. I like it. Just search and you will find him soon enough.
And yes, there are a few threads in the sticky about your horn. Survey appears to say keep it out of the weather as much as possible for the longest Stebel life.
There. You are now adventure ready and you didn't waste all the time I did.
Manventure screwed with this post 09-02-2012 at 08:35 PM Reason: Forgot something........
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