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Old 05-14-2015, 02:45 PM   #1
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Things to look for when buying a 2007 f800s /w 32k

I'm not familiar with water cooled BMW and could use some help. The current owner is middle aged and did some long distance commuting to rack up the miles (so he says). Any information you could share would be helpful.

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Old 05-14-2015, 06:15 PM   #2
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This Advrider forum is pretty much for the parallel twin GS models. A few folks may still chime in with info. The parallel twin motor is slightly different angle on the block for the GS vs the S and ST models, so the GS seems to have some of its own problems. However we do go out and discuss some problems with the interwebs. This is one site that I like for information.

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Old 05-14-2015, 10:16 PM   #3
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2 main things to check on that bike would be piston slap which affected some bikes of that era( Horrible slapping sound when revving engine ).

And check the condition of the drive belt, BMW say they should be changed every 24k miles as part of service and your looking at over $500 in parts alone. If the belt shows any signs of cracking or missing teeth you'll need to factor that in. Some may chime in and say Ive got 40k on my belt but a friend of mine has needed 3 belts on his 60k 800S.

personally id have a chain every time, yeah ok you've gotta oil it but you can buy 3 chain and sprocket kits for the cost of one belt and a well maintained chain will last about the same.

Just my two cents ( well, pennies here)

PS: Just remembered there is a 3rd issue, rear wheel bearing/eccentric adjuster, think it was a recall of some type.

PPS: This last thing is down to the individual, Im quite tall and found the riding position pretty uncomfortable after a fairly short test ride.
Im a lot older than I should be

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Old 05-15-2015, 06:55 AM   #4
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Some thoughts were posted here not long ago......

Scroll to the top. I see it got moved to Road Warriers.
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:08 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, didn't realize this wasn't the right form. I'll take it to road warriors.
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