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Old 03-26-2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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BMW 2013 F700GS shopping advice

Hey y'all,

I just got my first bike - BMW 2013 F700GS - and am loving it, but it's harder to find stuff that works for it than I thought (apparently certain things made for the F800 or F650 models don't just also work for the new F700). I'm a small chick (5'2", 110lbs), which makes it more challenging to find stuff that works best for my size (lightweight, smaller/shorter, etc.).

I'm looking for a couple things:

1) High windscreen
2) Side bags

I've done tons of research and here's where I've netted out. Help?

F700 High Windscreen
- Options I've checked out - Touratech (reviews weren't impressive), BMW stock (BMW dealer service guy didn't recommend them - he said there were just a couple inches taller), Zteknik (not avail yet), Wunderlich (looked like the best option since they are adjustable, but they aren't avail yet)
Are there any other windscreens you suggest?

F700 Side Bags
- Options I've checked out - BMW (don't like side opening Vario bags, aluminum bags seem like a good option), Jesse's (sound like the most durable, but also $$$$...worth it?), Caribou (not a fan of side opening bags), Touratech (Zega Pros seem like a good option)
- Overall - I'm trying to decide between BMW's, Jesse's, and Touratech's. If I want something lightweight, durable (long x-country trips), and not super big (I travel light)...what would you suggest?

Thanks in advanced. This is all new to me
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:32 AM   #2
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Hi dirtynerd,

Congrats on the bike and welcome to Advrider! Be sure to check out the forum for the F-GS bikes:

http://advrider.com/forums/forumdisp...c&daysprune=-1

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:01 AM   #3
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I got the BMW Adventure cases on my 700. Had them previously on my F800 and find them just what I want for trips. (I too am not a fan of side opening bags). Did not get a top case this time but will go with a duffle when I need more carrying capacity.
I bought the bike with the F800 touring screen, which so far works for me. Not sure how that would work at your height.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:49 AM   #4
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Welcome to ADV, and congratulations on the new bike. Just a couple of more sources...

http://www.happy-trail.com/default.aspx

http://www.amotostuff.com/
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:01 AM   #5
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look at some of the soft bags..Giant Loop etc much lighter..easy to use..also won't break your ankle..lower leg as easily when you tip over..much cheaper also..have used the GL on many trips around the world and would not consider hard cases..bj
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:04 PM   #6
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Cee Bailey has windshields. I have the sport shield on mine, at your height it would work really well. I love mine, its cheap and screws on in 5 minutes.

http://www.ceebaileys.com/bmw/bmw_f700gs_ws.html
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:38 PM   #7
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If you are touring, Jessie's can't be beat. They will outlast your bike. A little heavy for dirt, but you won't even notice them on gravel and forest road type stuff because they can be adjusted forward and low.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:32 PM   #8
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Congratulations on your new F700GS

What about the Madstad windshield as an option.
They are not the prettiest but look to be very adjustable and workable.
As a bonus, they appear to have a 90 day return policy

Just a thought

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:35 PM   #9
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Congratulations on your new F700GS

What about the Madstad windshield as an option.
They are not the prettiest but look to be very adjustable and workable.
As a bonus, they appear to have a 90 day return policy

Just a thought

Ken
Looks like a very nice windshield. However, it is my understanding that the bracket for the F700 is different than the F800 or F650... so all of these windshield manufacturers are needing to create a new bracket. (see thread on windshields and another thread on windshields)

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Old 03-27-2013, 09:11 PM   #10
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BMW sells an adapter plate for the old style screens part number 77338531603
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:58 PM   #11
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Thx for the feedback so far!

All -

Thanks for all your advice! Definitely am loving the bike.

So far, I'm still not sure about the 'perfect' windscreen (if that exists), but WRT side bags, I'm now leaning towards the Jesse's (checked out an old thread on Jesse's v. BMW's and Jesse photos).

For my particular situation, I emailed some follow up questions to Jesse today. Maybe you already know these answers. If not and are curious, I'll follow up with their answers :)
  1. Compared to the BMW aluminum panniers, how much more narrow (width-wise) are the side bags? What are the capacities of each side bag?
  2. My bike has lowered suspension and a lowered seat to accommodate my height. Because of this, I'm worried that the side bags will fall lower to the ground than regular stock bikes. Should I be concerned and/or do you have luggage that work with lowered bikes?
  3. Is only one key needed for both side bags?
  4. From the pictures on http://www.jesseluggage.com/f650-800gs.html and the FAQ video page, it looks like you just have to lock it in the back (quick lock), but I also see hinges on the side (unlike BMW's). How does it open/close?
  5. The site also says, "Our lids are packable as well, with our life packer holding your gear inside safely." Can you elaborate? Not entirely sure what this means.
  6. How long would it take between order and delivery (Nashville, TN)?

Thx again for your help so far. When I figure out more about high windscreen options, I'll post more stuff.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:39 PM   #12
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I do like my soft bags (Ortliebs) as they're not only water proof, but light and come right off (when I want them to). When you accidentally scrape things, you don't feel bad because they're not going to leave a mark (lane splitting gone bad) nor get damaged/wrecked when you fall sideways. Plus they're cheap.

Questions: With the lowered suspension and seat (OMG, I saw one in San Jose and it was LOW) how are you liking it? What is your inseam? Can you flat foot and/or feel comfortable when working low speeds?
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:01 AM   #13
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I'm in no way associated with Happy Trails. Nor have I used them.

But they do offer multiple sizes, widths and heights. And they also have demo pictures on an F700, so it can provide you with a bit of a frame of reference.

http://www.happy-trail.com/BMW-F650GS-F800GS-Twin.aspx
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:28 AM   #14
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  1. Is only one key needed for both side bags?
  2. From the pictures on http://www.jesseluggage.com/f650-800gs.html and the FAQ video page, it looks like you just have to lock it in the back (quick lock), but I also see hinges on the side (unlike BMW's). How does it open/close?
  3. The site also says, "Our lids are packable as well, with our life packer holding your gear inside safely." Can you elaborate? Not entirely sure what this means.
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1. One key will work for both Jesse bags. For the BMW bags the ignition key also locks the bag

2. the BMW bags open from back to front. The Jesse bags open from side to side,

3 The Jesse's have a wire mesh (for want of a better word) insert that fits in the lid and hold small items
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:06 AM   #15
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Questions: With the lowered suspension and seat (OMG, I saw one in San Jose and it was LOW) how are you liking it? What is your inseam? Can you flat foot and/or feel comfortable when working low speeds?
Hey PatrickM - Funny, I'm actually from San Jose, but my bike's in Nashville b/c I'm in the middle of an x-trip. With the lowered seat, inseam is 29" I think (I remember this being the only sub-30 option). Even with the lowered suspension/seat combo, I can't flat foot it. Both feet can at least touch the ground.

Maybe this pic will give you an idea re: height (remember, I'm 5'2"). I'll post a side one when I have it.
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