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Old 09-05-2013, 08:23 AM   #466
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sounds like a great bike . we don't have it in the states yet :(

No..this is my first adventure bike . I've always had street bikes , I just traded in my '12 cbr600rr for it and lost some money but gained more rideability. I live in south florida which as im starting to find out isn't that good for off road riding ( all the spots you can go are illegal) you have to drive an hour to get to a spot thats legal yet alright.

but i still love my choice, my girlfriend will finally get on the bike without bitching cause the seats comfy. Im trying to work her up to going on a road trip.


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Everything about it is great.. It really doesn't feel as heavy as it is and the crash bar design is awesome same as the suspension, with the f650 and 800's a lot of people swap out the springs and everything (which I didnt bother but I knew if i kept it, I would of as it was bottoming out all the time..) The KTM suspension is fantastic, real progressive and some would say a bit stiff.. I like it though, same as tracking your lines and giving a real point and shoot steering characteristic.

Now if we go down the engine path all i can say is, it will make you grin ear to ear and shit yourself at the same time, every time you open the throttle. :)

The little problems people whinge about are nothing compared to what it offers.. (Eg: heat from under the seat) My only problem is I don't have enough time to ride it while I'm working to pay for it.. lol...

Did you have any adv bike before the GSA?
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:47 PM   #467
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big touratech tank on F800GS

I think I will stick with the old school F800GS adventure

now I just need to swap in the newer 6.3 gal tank to take me to 11.5 gal

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Old 09-11-2013, 05:08 PM   #468
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I think I will stick with the old school F800GS adventure

now I just need to swap in the newer 6.3 gal tank to take me to 11.5 gal

best looking adventure so far in this thread
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:14 PM   #469
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sounds like a great bike . we don't have it in the states yet :(

No..this is my first adventure bike . I've always had street bikes , I just traded in my '12 cbr600rr for it and lost some money but gained more rideability. I live in south florida which as im starting to find out isn't that good for off road riding ( all the spots you can go are illegal) you have to drive an hour to get to a spot thats legal yet alright.

but i still love my choice, my girlfriend will finally get on the bike without bitching cause the seats comfy. Im trying to work her up to going on a road trip.
Hey Mate..

hahaha roadtrip? Yeah I've been trying for 2 years now.. Although she likes the KTM's better, its still a 'maybe' answer whenever i suggest a roadtrip.

When I did the switch from a full fairing 250cc to the BMW I've never looked back, the only thing i was missing was I like to hoon around a little, pop some wheelies etc.. (not that they pop high and carry on for long hehe) So I was contemplating the BMW s1000rr or a f800GSA.. couldnt decide.. So KTM it was.. hehe

I doubt ill ever buy a sports bike again.. that feeling of sand, mud hill climbs and stuff is great!

Have you ridden a trail bike before? or just jumped straight on the adventures?
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:30 PM   #470
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First time on dirt

Took the new F800GSA up to Palomar Mountain (California) today via Nate Harrison Grade. All pretty healthy uphill, gravel, rocks and areas of old asphalt. Had to ride fairly conservatively since I wasn't sure how the stock tires were going to perform...and they did OK, but didn't push it for fear of losing traction.

Offroad, I usually ride a 210lb 70s 250 Husqvarna. Big difference :)

When I purchased my R1200RT two years ago it took about 6-7K miles to get used to it. I suspect the F800GSA will take some getting used to as well.

Overall a fun little trip, but I was happy to get back on the pavement because of those stock tires. Not sure which ones to replace them with.





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Old 09-11-2013, 07:30 PM   #471
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best looking adventure so far in this thread
I would argue the post 13' f800 is a better looking adventure bike and the gsa is a +1 on top of that..

Prefer the look of the fatter gsa over the touratech tank..

But this is all personal preference :)
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:34 PM   #472
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Overall a fun little trip, but I was happy to get back on the pavement because of those stock tires. Not sure which ones to replace them with.
Nice pics.

In regards to tyres, Im not sure if you US Folk get Mitas tyres over there, But I had a set of TKC80's, Mitas E-10's and Mitas E09 Dakar's on mine when I had it and the TKC80 and E10's were great but wore quickly, I was worried about the knobby feel with going for the E09 but once they were on, I was suprised it felt better than the others and provided better grip in the soft stuff and last the longest as well..

So IMHO, Mitas E-09 Dakars for that bike, Thats what ill fit to my KTM when I go off road as well :P
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:53 PM   #473
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I had a crf230 when i lived in hawaii but thats about the extent of my trail riding

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Have you ridden a trail bike before? or just jumped straight on the adventures?
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:59 PM   #474
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I had a crf230 when i lived in hawaii but thats about the extent of my trail riding
arr nice one... I've heard nothing but good things about the bmw off road training course.. but its a different country so I would expect it to be totally different over there.
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:57 AM   #475
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Nice pics.

In regards to tyres, Im not sure if you US Folk get Mitas tyres over there, But I had a set of TKC80's, Mitas E-10's and Mitas E09 Dakar's on mine when I had it and the TKC80 and E10's were great but wore quickly, I was worried about the knobby feel with going for the E09 but once they were on, I was suprised it felt better than the others and provided better grip in the soft stuff and last the longest as well..

So IMHO, Mitas E-09 Dakars for that bike, Thats what ill fit to my KTM when I go off road as well :P
Good to hear. That's what's going on mine next. Currently running E07 Dakar rear and E10 Dakar front. I like them and the E07 is wearing fantastic. But I want a little more traction when off roading.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:10 PM   #476
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I would love to come down there and ride across Australia , must be beautiful

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arr nice one... I've heard nothing but good things about the bmw off road training course.. but its a different country so I would expect it to be totally different over there.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:08 PM   #477
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I would love to come down there and ride across Australia , must be beautiful

Ride out Mad Max Style
arrhahaha.. yeah, likewise for me, id love to head over there and go for a spin through arizona and up to alaska ;) I think your scenery would be better hehe ;)
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:15 AM   #478
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I had the option to buy the F800 GS Adventure or the F800 GS 2013. I opted to get the 2013 F800 GS. Id rather have a proven model F800 then a first year GSA. know what im saying. plus i got CAMEL tank on my F800 so i can go just as far on my 800 as the Adventure 800. look into the Camel tank option. pretty freaking awesome.



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Old 09-26-2013, 11:11 AM   #479
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I took the 800 ADV out on demo 2 weeks ago

Loved it so much I bought the demo bike
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:39 PM   #480
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I took the 800 ADV out on demo 2 weeks ago

Loved it so much I bought the demo bike
Nice one.. congrats mate!
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