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    You have all been very encouraging and I thank you.

    I'm starting out slowly around home here in Florida with some overnights and perhaps two-night trips.

    Part of the reason is to "shake down" the equipment and to be sure that it balances and stays attached.

    The other thing that I have to work into is freeway riding. Right now, I tend to avoid interstates because they are boring but also because I am still skittish about having trucks blow by me at 400 mph (more or less). I have to get my skittishness behind me.

    Finally, I am grateful for the encouragement, because the simple fact is that this is my bike and it must serve all purposes. I was worried that perhaps there was something that made the F800 inherently unworthy as a long distance tourer (even some of the other posts on this forum seem to make that claim).

    I'm glad you all see it differently -- it makes me feel much better. I hope to see many of you in Wyoming. Look for a blue ST with a Florida plate and an old man at the controls.

    BTW, the best part of the F800 is the 67 mpg on the highway. Try that on a big bike someday.

    (oh, yeah, I almost forgot -- Sapphire, When I came back to riding after a 20 year absence, my first bike was a CB600F -- it was as close to my old CB550 as I could find -- and it quickly reminded my of why I always wanted something better than the 550. Great little bike for tearing around town, a horrible bike for touring more than two hours at a time. And it got 46 mpg on a good day).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herleman View Post
    I have a 2007 F800ST, equipped with GIVI side bags and top box.

    I bought this thing to travel on, but have since had LOTS of people tell me that it is only good for short trips. Too small, they say, for a multi-thousand mile vacation.

    I love my bike and really want it to take me a lot of places (I'm retired and widowed so its just me - 1 up).

    Anyone out there doing long tours on an 800ST? If so, can you offer any advice??

    I'm heading out in early Spring. and hope to make the BMW event in Wyoming.

    Thanks
    Pure poppycock! This bigger is better notion is pure nonsense. Must have come from a Triumph Rocket III owner, or a Boss Hoss rider.

    For almost 19 years I rode a K75 - 370,000 miles - competed in a few 24 hour endurance rallies and several 1000 mile poker runs - completed the Iron Butt Rally twice. F650s tour a lot. TheSuzuki 650 VStrom is a well respected long distance mount.

    Long days or long trips are all about ergonomics and wind protection. If your position on the bike suits you, the seat works for you, and it has enough wind protection in the right places so your body isn't fighting wind, then 800cc is more than big enough to get the job done. And its size, nimble handling, and easy maneuverability give it a distinct advantage over a larger bike in many situations.

    I think you need a better informed advisor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I think you need a better informed advisor.
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    Herleman, back in the mid - late 1960's my buddies and I went on many "excursions" from southern Calif. all over the state. Kings Canyon, Sequoia etc. Our equipment was very very basic, sleeping bags, cooking utensils in a stuff sack and clothing in and AWOL bag all bungied to our 250cc - 305cc Yamaha's & Honda's. No saddle bags, no fairings, and I think a couple of us may have had aftermarket luggage racks on the back mostly used for school books. As I recall, we all had great times everytime we went and none of us ever considered the posibility that we were under-equipped or under-powered.

    10 years later I was riding my R75/5 from San Diego to Santa Cruz, and later from Palo Alto up to Vancouver Island Pacific Rim National Park. The same basic equipment was mostly secured in Wixom saddle bags and I was hunkered down behind a Wixom Ranger fairing. Much more "soghisticated" rig but the plan was the same. Go out, explore and have fun doing it.

    So now, I have a machine that will do 120mph+ , has hermetic saddlebags and will go 300+ miles between gas stops, etc., etc., etc. You get the picture. But, the mission is still the same, go out, explore and have fun doing it. Like the old Nike shoe commercial said "Just Do It", and of course enjoy!

    Sorry I have not yet scanned in any of the photo's from those olden days.

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    Dave:

    Thanks -- you hit it on the head. In the 60s I spent a couple of weeks traveling from the midwest to Colorado. I had a Honda 350 Scrambler and a back pack.

    Some of my greatest memories come from that trip -- its probably what led me to buy this bike.

    Thanks for your response.

    j

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    I ride the F650GS. Since acquiring it last May, it has carried me, with enough gear for an army, on a 6000 mile trip through New England, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, including Cape Breton Island . . . it has taken me through the Ozarks of Arkansas then down through Texas for a 3000 mile loop, and now has 20000 miles on it. My longest day was 600 miles, but that had a lot more to do with me than the bike. I'm 73, widowed, and also ride 1 up. Your bike wil willingly tour at whatever level you choose and will, without complaint, handle whatever road surface gets thrown at it. In other words, DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE SO GLAD THAT YOU DID.

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    if your 800 isn't up to long touring then i guess i better come up with a new idea as i had planned to ride my F650GS to Gillette this summer. all kidding aside,i am sure your 800 will tour just fine.

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    Ah, the gas mileage! After 19 years of top heavy
    K bikes I just can not believe the mileage I'm getting on my new F800ST. This last gas stop I kept rechecking to be sure I did not make a mistake.
    I made a good choice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by antman View Post
    Ah, the gas mileage! After 19 years of top heavy
    K bikes I just can not believe the mileage I'm getting on my new F800ST. This last gas stop I kept rechecking to be sure I did not make a mistake.
    I made a good choice!


    So come on....TELL us what you got...?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herleman View Post
    I have a 2007 F800ST, equipped with GIVI side bags and top box.

    I bought this thing to travel on, but have since had LOTS of people tell me that it is only good for short trips. Too small, they say, for a multi-thousand mile vacation.
    In 1971, my wife and I travelled throughout Europe for three months on two Honda 49cc mopeds. Not quite as big as your F800ST. Small and slow with very small cloth panniers, but they were no impediment to our long distance riding. Enjoy your trips on your F800ST!
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    Could I be so bold as to ask about how close to sticker everyone ended up forking over for there f800s/st...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herleman View Post
    I have a 2007 F800ST, equipped with GIVI side bags...
    The new Givi V30 side cases that fit closer to bike? I put those bags on my wife's Kawasaki Ninja 650R.....that setup makes for a great mid-size sport touring motorcycle.

    I like these new mid-size, 600-800 cc motorcycles best of all. I've got a V-Strom 650, ZR-7S (750cc) and VFR800 myself....all good bikes that I wouldn't hesitate to ride across the country. Heck, we rode a pair of the older F650 carb model bikes from the Redmond rally in 2001 back to Alaska....no problems at all.

    I think you're going to love taking tours on the F800ST. I had a test ride on a F800S last summer and loved the engine....the ST might be perfect.

    Have some great rides this summer! Wish I could make to the rally in WY.

    Gary Benson
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kutcher View Post
    Could I be so bold as to ask about how close to sticker everyone ended up forking over for there f800s/st...?
    We bought ours last July and as it was the first and only lowered F800ST to arrive at the dealer with no more expected for a few months, so we paid 100% of sticker as it was still in the crate.
    Ben Ricci

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    No deal on the sticker, but BMW was offering low interest loans. I went with my credit union because I prefer to shop locally and the rate difference was minimal.

    I did get 15% off all gear for the rest of the summer, so the BMW sport cases were not so much of a kick in the wallet.

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    1K off sticker, April last.

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