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Old 09-14-2013, 06:57 AM   #1
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Hello Brothers!

Been reading, and sharing along with you all for last 4 bikes, 400 EXC, 690E, WRR, and Multistrada.
Just have an opinion question before Tues. purchase of F800GS.
I really believe I can live without the ESA, and ASC.
The salesman at dealer is not big on them either (all these adjustments on the Multi haven't been that thrilling to me).
TC in gravel stinks! And, I'm good with a dirt bike kind of ride when on tarmac, so, suspension could be set up, and forget! (I'm 175lbs.)
That's my take.
You guys know these bikes!!!!!!
Dealer has both available
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:11 AM   #2
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I held out for a ESA/ASC bike.

As for the ESA, first impressions are that it's gimmicky.... I can't tell a huge difference in the different settings. I'm going on a big trip in October where the bike will be off road more, loaded down, and I will be able to give a little better assesment after that. So far all I've done is a bunch of street beating on it.

Can't really say on ASC, I've activated it once, and it was a nice feature. As long as I can turn it off off-road, I think it's nice to have. Could defintely live without it though...

Both will probably help resale value.
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Old 09-15-2013, 07:56 AM   #3
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I have a 2010 so no esa or ASC but shall I buy a new one I would still go without. The esa on this bike is low qual in comparison with the boxers. You'll want to change the shock anyway so just put that money by side. I think that ASC is really not necessary on a 800cc bike and I've never been in a situation where I thought that having ASC would have saved my life etc.
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Old 09-15-2013, 01:57 PM   #4
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Save your cash and learn how to ride. More electronic crap means more things to fail. If you do get it, think about selling when the warranty is up or just accept it that it will fail.

If you want a street bike then buy one. If you're scared of falling down then maybe you could use it.....

Obviously you're skilled so don't waste the cash on it.
Leaving it all behind 2014
Pura Vida my Ass.
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:24 PM   #5
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If you're going through Gateway BMW in STL go with what Hanz says
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Old 09-15-2013, 07:19 PM   #6
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+1 save your cash.

I picked up the F800 GSA without ESA/ASC and have no issues with it. It works great for some, but I don't need it and don't want to deal with the possible electronic failures.

2014 BMW F800 GSA
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:53 PM   #7
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Thanks Guys,
I'm with you.
Only 1 of dozens of bikes I've owned ever had these type gizmos (most were dirt bikes).
I'll use money elsewhere!
Yes, going to Gateway to deal with Hons!
Trade the Multistrada away Tues or Wed, depending on weather.
340 mile round trip ride.
Of course return leg will be on new BMW F800GS
I'll take the BACK-BACK Way Home!!!!!!!!!!!
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