The F800ST is Great! It will be hard for the F800GT to beat it!
I bought my F800ST out of the box in 2007. I have never regretted the purchase. My dealer keeps trying to talk me into "upgrading" to the F800GT, but "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". My average year around mileage has been in the low 50's, with highs in the low 60's. I have seen miles on a tank exceeding 200 miles, more than enough butt time between gas stops. From what I have seen and heard of the F800GT, it is a simple upgrade of the best features of the ST. They have added the traction control and suspension features, upgraded the fairing and windshield, and changed the saddle bags to larger bags. The power increase has been a natural progression of the engine development, that engine is the strongest feature of the bike. I did make some changes on my ST to personalize the bike, higher windscreen, lowered seat, set backs on the handlebars. Since I am inseam challenged, even with the lowered seat, I have to be on my toes to hold the bike up. No problem, since the F800ST is a nicely balanced bike. The GT version appears to have carried on this feature.
Overall I expect the GT to be more of the same that I found on the ST. A snappy, responsive bike that loves the corners. If I were to get one, I would only have it if it had the traction control and suspension features, that would be the only reason to upgrade.
If you buy one come to the Oregon rally and you can see how it performs in our Rider Performance University and TEAM Oregon courses we are offering.
BMW MOA Rider Education Coordinator.
Mirror extenders for F800GT
[QUOTE=advenbob;869408]Thank you to those offering suggestions for my seat and fuel cell, and windshieldl issue. I have had pleasent experiences with both Rocky and Russell Day Long. Will go with a Russell Day long in the near future. I have a contact in Chula Vista Ca (San Diego area) who is constructing a 4.4 gal fuel cell for the bike. Should be ready in a couple of weeks. Fuel feed between the cell and main tank is not an issue. Performed a simular addition to a F650GS thumper a few years back that was quite easy.
Aftermarket windshield manufactures are still in the development stage for the GT. It will be a while for something to be on the market. I will need mirror extenders since right now I have a great view of my elbows. I think the ST parts will fit. Going to check this weekend.
I too have a great view of both of my elbows. Touratech offers mirror extenders for the F800S/ST (P/N 612-0001 @ $97.20/pair). From personal experience, they will not install onto the F800GT fairing. The Black Forest elves decided that when we R&R the mirror assembly (for whatever reason) we might reinstall them upside down. Therefore, the F800GT mirror stalk has a 3/16" protrusion (aka,key) molded into the stalk pointing straight down (180 deg). A corresponding key slot has been provided in the F800GT forward fairing to provided rotational indexing. While the 25 mm mirror extender will obviously fit onto the fairing, the OEM mirror stalk end will not be able to be inserted into the mirror extender without the key slot.
Several overseas web sites (UK & Australia) list mirror extenders for the F800GT but upon close examination, neither appear to address the need for a mating key slot.
The F800Depot ([url]www.f800depot.com[/url] @ (877) 333-9669) plan to develop a F800GT unique set of Evolution Mirror Extenders. As of last seek (12 April 2013) they did not know when the units would be available for sale.
Mark Stadnyk (MadStad Engineering @ [url]www.madstad.com[/url]) is developing a windshield for the F800GT. The GT has a couple of slight differences from the ST (side tabs, etc.) necessitating some modifications. Typically, to use Mark's RoboBrackets in the fully lowered position, mirror extenders must be added to the bike.
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Keep us posted of any developments in this arena.
Grumpy Old John
2013 F800GT in rusty orange