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    '13 BMW F800GS - "one of the BEST"

    Just took delivery of two '13 BMW F800GS and we are really loving to move from our 2010 F650GS. We find the ESA to be a big plus on the crappy paved roads we find around where we live and elsewhere. Can't wait to take them out for a real trip!

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    Very nice! This is the bike I am looking at for off-road, or more likely all-road riding next spring. Looking forward to hearing how you like it.
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    will post when we get a good feeling for the off road but I think we have an idea how it will do.

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    added some rox risers today. Cheryl has a TT GPS mount that she will need a different set up when she installs her risers too. I had 20mm on my 650 and they seem to do the trick. On the 800 I need more of a rise and pull back for some reason. Cheryl also feels the need for risers on this bike when she didn't on the 650. Still have to adjust them tomorrow. Move the brake and clutch perch a little to relieve the right brake line. Clutch is OK but want to perches to look even. No need to change cables.



    Also, need to ride a bit to see exactly where I want the bars. I think I will get a wire harness for our GPS and mount so I can use it when not with Cheryl




    In this next picture need to scoot the bars over to the left a bit


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    I've been thinking about risers for mine. I have the BMW GPS and handlebar mount, though, and wonder if the risers would put the GPS in the way of the speedo and tach.
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    you might have to relocate the GPS like Cheryl will. Have you thought about Aux lights? We have Denali lights and haven't seen an existing mount option yet to place them on the bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soph9 View Post
    will post when we get a good feeling for the off road but I think we have an idea how it will do.
    Didn't you have 650GS's (twin)? Why did you trade to 800? Would be interesting to know.

    Thanks Jack
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaherbst View Post
    Didn't you have 650GS's (twin)? Why did you trade to 800? Would be interesting to know.

    Thanks Jack
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=696871

    above is the link to our RR to Alaska in 2011

    yep you are correct. My bike had 60,000KM on it and Cheryl's almost 50 thousand. Warranties coming up too. PLUS, it was time for new bikes for us and we gave each other an 800 for an engagement gift. We went to the 800 because last summer we were able to ride the new Triumph Tiger 800XC for 44 days. Gave them back. We loved that bike minus a few pet peeves. When this bike came out we were not too impressed with the lack of attention to the seat and it not being adjustable like the Triumph's. But also did not really pay attention to the ESA. When I learned more about ESA in the theory the BMW became pretty interesting to us again. We also love our luggage and would be able to transfer the mounts into the new Beemers.

    So, in the end the ESA for us is doing the trick on the road for road comfort. We like the 21inch front and the wider handle bars and longer stance. We are not hard core off road riders but wanted better suspension too. So, we bought the 800's. I am getting a custom seat made right now and included is a gel pad. So, if the seat comes out as comfy as I hope then we have a road savvy bike with definite off road handling. Best of both worlds. How is that for an answer?

    I have received many "I am disappointed" emails and private messages that we did not buy Triumphs. Some even have gone as far to say my credibility has been questioned about my review of the Tigers. I say it's our money, BMW has done some cool things on this bike, and we still think the world of the Tigers but like I said above BMW made some smart improvements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soph9 View Post
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=696871

    above is the link to our RR to Alaska in 2011

    yep you are correct. My bike had 60,000KM on it and Cheryl's almost 50 thousand. Warranties coming up too. PLUS, it was time for new bikes for us and we gave each other an 800 for an engagement gift. We went to the 800 because last summer we were able to ride the new Triumph Tiger 800XC for 44 days. Gave them back. We loved that bike minus a few pet peeves. When this bike came out we were not too impressed with the lack of attention to the seat and it not being adjustable like the Triumph's. But also did not really pay attention to the ESA. When I learned more about ESA in the theory the BMW became pretty interesting to us again. We also love our luggage and would be able to transfer the mounts into the new Beemers.

    So, in the end the ESA for us is doing the trick on the road for road comfort. We like the 21inch front and the wider handle bars and longer stance. We are not hard core off road riders but wanted better suspension too. So, we bought the 800's. I am getting a custom seat made right now and included is a gel pad. So, if the seat comes out as comfy as I hope then we have a road savvy bike with definite off road handling. Best of both worlds. How is that for an answer?

    I have received many "I am disappointed" emails and private messages that we did not buy Triumphs. Some even have gone as far to say my credibility has been questioned about my review of the Tigers. I say it's our money, BMW has done some cool things on this bike, and we still think the world of the Tigers but like I said above BMW made some smart improvements.
    Thanks, still enjoying my F650GS (twin) although it is not my only ride. Interesting reply.

    Jack
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    How tall are you and did you get the low suspension or regular?

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    Quote Originally Posted by racer7 View Post
    How tall are you and did you get the low suspension or regular?
    short. Almost 5'5", 30.5 inch in seam. Got the regular height and low seat.

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    Love the bronze color!

    Congrats!!!

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    By the way, the GS Giants aren't all about the 1200, ya know!

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    Taking the F8 x country this year. Leave May 17 😉

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    Quote Originally Posted by soph9 View Post
    Taking the F8 x country this year. Leave May 17 
    Are you going across Canada or the US or both? Any special roads? Are you going to be blogging or is this just a regular road trip?
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