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    taking delivery of an F 700 GS

    Hi all,

    New guy here. My name is Marty and I will be picking up my F 700 GS on Saturday morning. I plan to spend most of the day on the road getting to know my new bike. Most of my riding will be commuter and short (100 mile) trips. Next year I plan on taking her to some fire roads and gravel roads. What accessories should I look at first? I'm thinking tall windshield or topcase. Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    Congrats on your new bike. Just make a list of things you would like to get. Panniers, windscreen, rock protectors for radiator, headlights, etc. The list goes on and on.
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    Skid Plate, Crash Bars, Hand Guards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by dadayama View Post
    Skid Plate, Crash Bars, Hand Guards,
    +1

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    Unless money is no object I'd ride it for at least 500-1,000 miles and find out what strikes you the most as needing an upgrade or improvement. It may be the windshield, it may be the saddle, or it may be something you haven't thought of at this point.

    Good luck with the new ride!
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    Thanks everyone,

    All good ideas. I'll probably take a bit from each.

    I've been to Twisted Throttle and AS Cycle. Are there any other must see BMW GS centric websites for aftermarket equipment/gear?

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    Twisted Throttle is a nice ride from your area. This weekend there is some sort of helmet event going on as I recall. If you dare you could show up at the YB Breakfast and show the bike off. My F8 is pretty well loaded up. Gary
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    Hi Gary,

    I would definetly be interested in meeting some like minded people. Are you meeting at Willowbrook this weekend?

    Marty

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    Quote Originally Posted by packitout View Post
    Hi Gary,

    I would definetly be interested in meeting some like minded people. Are you meeting at Willowbrook this weekend?

    Marty
    Not this weekend Marty, I may have confuse you be "imbedding" the link to the YB site- here it is on the front page- http://www.yankeebeemers.org/ But if you decide to go, it's right close to you- just down from the Imperial group. Chance are I'll be going on the 21st (Oct) and if you check/remind me I can save you a spot at the cool table
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    We picked our new 700s up, rode them home and immediately decided to order the larger factory windscreen. We did order other accessories, but the windshield was a must for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kurtnocal View Post
    We picked our new 700s up, rode them home and immediately decided to order the larger factory windscreen. We did order other accessories, but the windshield was a must for us.
    How tall are you? What's your inseam? I understand that the F700GS has the same seat height as the factory lowered suspension version of the 2013 F800GS which I have on order. The windshield is one of my biggest concerns (after skid plate, engine protection bars, hand guards and probably upgraded lighting).

    Do you (or anyone) know if you order the larger windshield when you order the bike, does it come to you installed? Or is it like my Tiger 800 (just sold) which came with the standard screen and the larger one is a box for the user to install. I kinda like the idea of having both. But it might be more expensive to order the screen afterwards through the parts dept than as a factory option.

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    My experience is that it usually comes in a box, thru the parts dept. and service removes the stock windshield and installs the new one prior to delivery. At least that's always been the way it's happened to me and they've always given me the old one.
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    +1 dancogan

    The people who designed the bike put a lot of thought into the windscreen. Why not at least try it for 1000 or more before deciding that you don't like it. I hastily bought a V-Stream that turns my F800ST into a sail craft and blows me all over the Interstate. Only to discover that the stock windshield works just fine and also helps hold me up.

    I would ride it the way it was designed until you are SURE what you don't like and need to add.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldor View Post
    How tall are you? What's your inseam? I understand that the F700GS has the same seat height as the factory lowered suspension version of the 2013 F800GS which I have on order. The windshield is one of my biggest concerns (after skid plate, engine protection bars, hand guards and probably upgraded lighting).

    Do you (or anyone) know if you order the larger windshield when you order the bike, does it come to you installed? Or is it like my Tiger 800 (just sold) which came with the standard screen and the larger one is a box for the user to install. I kinda like the idea of having both. But it might be more expensive to order the screen afterwards through the parts dept than as a factory option.

    Enjoy the bike!
    I am 5' 8" and after sitting on the new F800 and 700, I think you are right about the seat heights. After putting a few miles, on the 700, I am really looking forward to a little more wind blocking.
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    Windscreen 2013 F700

    Whomever was smart enough to post here that the existing larger windscreen wouldn't fit the 2013 F700GS was correct. Everything else fit, but we are waiting for a mounting kit from the Fatherland to make the new windscreens fit.
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