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Old 05-19-2013, 01:36 PM   #1
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175 miles for grey?

Hey y'all,

After nearly two years, I am finally getting my settlement and ready for a new bike! I'm replacing the totaled F650GS, and have my eye on the 700 with ESA and ASC. The problem is that the closest one is red (60 miles away) and I want grey (175 miles away). I live in DC.

So, a few questions -
Any thoughts on having a new bike delivered? Opinions on my local dealers (Mortons is 60 mi, Hermy's is 175 miles, neither Battley nor Bob's has what I want right now)
Is red really that much more awful than grey? Will I really care once I get to ride it?

What else should I consider if I buy a bike from a dealer that far away?

Thanks!
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:41 PM   #2
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Is red really that much more awful than grey? Will I really care once I get to ride it?
How do you want us to answer that question? I prefere the red one and dislike the grey one. Each one his POV.

Now go fill up that profile noob :o)
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Old 05-19-2013, 02:03 PM   #3
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How long will uou keep the bike? You will spend 2 hrs. of your time going each direction plus gas, The longer you keep the bike the more it makes sense to get your favorite color.
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Old 05-19-2013, 02:08 PM   #4
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How long will uou keep the bike? You will spend 2 hrs. of your time going each direction plus gas, The longer you keep the bike the more it makes sense to get your favorite color.
would say the exact opposite. Colors are growing on you and the longer you'll keep your bike the more you'll accept and finally like your color.
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Old 05-19-2013, 02:12 PM   #5
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Get the one that is the color you want. With the GSA it doesn't matter. There's not much paint to change on it if you want a new color. Coloring on the 700 is a bit more substantial and harder to change. Therefore I say get the one you want initially. What is a little drive other than a chance to break it in?
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Old 05-19-2013, 03:14 PM   #6
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Changing colors is easy. I went all black for $50...

In a couple months I might change again, maybe a multicam, or leopard print. I dunno.







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Old 05-19-2013, 03:15 PM   #7
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I am from the DC/MD area, I would get the bike you want, all BMW dealers will service it. I honestly do almost all of my work (unless it is a warranty issue). I am not fond of either BOB's or Battley, Bob's charges a heinous wrench rate and Battley, well they are a Harley dealership masquerading as a BMW dealer. I would get what you want and then take it to whom ever you wish.
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Old 05-19-2013, 03:18 PM   #8
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Also if you cannot get a ride there to pick it up zipcars have light duty trucks you can rent for a while and go pick the bike up in, or even a uhaul truck (zipcars are cheap though).

Get what you want, don't settle when you are paying for it.
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:37 PM   #9
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Thanks for the input guys! I know that color is completely subjective, but it just never mattered to me on my other bikes for some reason.

I am mostly interested in the experiences with the dealerships. I have had mixed dealings with Bob's, but I hear good things about both Morton's and Hermy's. Max's might be a bit far, though . . .

JRose, did you just take the fairings off and paint them yourself?
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Thanks for the input guys! I know that color is completely subjective, but it just never mattered to me on my other bikes for some reason.

I am mostly interested in the experiences with the dealerships. I have had mixed dealings with Bob's, but I hear good things about both Morton's and Hermy's. Max's might be a bit far, though . . .

JRose, did you just take the fairings off and paint them yourself?
They're wrapped in viynl. Super easy, cheap, protects the paint, and easy to change.

Freal though, don't be afraid to hold strong for exactly what you want. It's a big purchase, and if color matters to you, iy matters. Don't worry about what some of the talking heads say.
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:50 PM   #11
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Changing colors is easy. I went all black for $50...

In a couple months I might change again, maybe a multicam, or leopard print. I dunno.







That is one good looking bike...... I love that black....
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Just a thought. I live 1/2 between Mortons and Bobs. Morton's has been extremely consistent, and I do favor them. If outbound transportation is an issue, Mortons will pick you up a VRE and Greyhound depots.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:22 PM   #13
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I like Morton's better, too, and don't have much of a problem getting down there. Unfortunately, the bike I want is at Hermy's, up in PA. I'm actually looking at renting a trailer from UHaul. If I can't get a ride, that is probably my best option.

That vinyl wrap looks great! Where did you get it? I guess that explains how you can do a leopard print so easily
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:26 PM   #14
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I like Morton's better, too, and don't have much of a problem getting down there. Unfortunately, the bike I want is at Hermy's, up in PA. I'm actually looking at renting a trailer from UHaul. If I can't get a ride, that is probably my best option.

That vinyl wrap looks great! Where did you get it? I guess that explains how you can do a leopard print so easily
A guy I work with, his dad owns a vinyl shop. I used to do that stuff a long time ago, so install was easy. Anyone can wrap an F800 though, you can stretch that car wrap vinyl around a basket ball, and the only challenging piece is that main runner that goes to the beak, and it's only about a 6 or 7 out of 10 difficulty. Even easier if you don't try to do it in one piece and section it.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:29 PM   #15
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Yay! A buddy agreed to take me up there on Saturday. The more I look at the two bikes, the more I like the grey.

Now, let's see if I can negotiate the price down at all . . .
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