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Old 07-22-2014, 08:13 AM   #1
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Bmw gs???

Some insight, fast.
Have a 2006 KLR650, have put roughly 35k miles on her at about 20% forest roads and very minimal single track. Has never left me stranded, have done 100% of all services, adjustments and repairs(adding up all repairs such as chains, cables or shims at come out to $400) Do have anal issues and normally dump oil under 500 miles on everyday riding but do hit 900 on it a couple times a year on my dinner trips and pull down chassis for lube and 're-loctite fasteners with valve adj and complete check over every winter.
Want to know if stepping into a GS700 is that much of an improvement. Have ridden a GS650 and frankly was not impressed. I'm looking for more comfort and freeway friendly on longer trips, 800-900 miles weekend trips for a good dinner with some dirt tossed in.
Somewhat vertically challenged, 5'9" so planting both feet is important. One lunger running is just numbing the hands and ass also.
Dropping the monies on one worth it in the long run? Am I going from pertnear zero maintenance to monthly wrench sessions?
Who has gone from a Klr to a gs 700 or 800, or vice versa?
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:20 AM   #2
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:45 AM   #3
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Had a KLR650, Now have an F800GS.
twice the horsepower, twice the brakes, a little bit more suspension. slightly better fuel economy.
Yes, the BMW is somewhat improvement.
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As far as you wanting 'planting two feet on the ground simultaneous'.... I cant help you there.
maybe you will get over the phobia one day, maybe not.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:50 AM   #4
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700 is slung lower.

Real question is not now tall you are, but your inseam. At 29" but 5'11", I can more or less flat foot in a street shoe, flat foot in the riding boots.

700 has a lot of torque and HP for it's size. 0-60 is somewhere in the mid 3s.

There is also a de tuned version, putting out 45-50Hp.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:30 AM   #5
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700 is slung lower.

Real question is not now tall you are, but your inseam. At 29" but 5'11", I can more or less flat foot in a street shoe, flat foot in the riding boots.
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29/30" in-seam here, too, and the only way I flat foot an F700GS is if it has a lowered suspension and low seat.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:46 AM   #6
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2006 KLR to 2011 800gs… no comparison and LOVE the BMW. No worrying about burning oil at higher rev's, will run on the highway/interstate all day long, great off road and the handle bars didn't bend the first time I dropped it!
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:10 PM   #7
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Got the new 700 with all options to include comfy seat. What I do off road, narrow as possible was the selling point and the 800 was larger in all three aspects.
Predictable ride. One thing that I did like on the KLR was the more upright sitting so going to fab out some pegs to mount on some touretech crash bars and either bring the bars up or swap them out with aftermarket.
Now to find the hardware and software to plug into this damn thing to reset service intervals.
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Old 07-23-2014, 01:41 PM   #8
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Got the new 700 with all options to include comfy seat. What I do off road, narrow as possible was the selling point and the 800 was larger in all three aspects.
Predictable ride. One thing that I did like on the KLR was the more upright sitting so going to fab out some pegs to mount on some touretech crash bars and either bring the bars up or swap them out with aftermarket.
Now to find the hardware and software to plug into this damn thing to reset service intervals.
congratz!

You want a GS911 device to reset service intervals and everything else
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:55 PM   #9
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One thing that I did like on the KLR was the more upright sitting
That's caused by your comfort seat that's even taller than stock seat. I have the lowered seat, and the riding position is very much upright.

Alas, you can make it more upright in your case by getting bar risers or a different bar altogether, as you noted.
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