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    New F700 this Saturday....

    Hi Everyone, I'm new to the F Series bikes, as I have just pulled the plug on a new 2013 700 GS. Downgrading from an 02 K 1200RS, which was the best bike I've every owned, in terms of pure riding pleasure, but was getting too heavy for me to want to wrestle with on long trips..... So, after a lot of indecision, (and a test ride and a lot of sitting time in different bikes at GateWay BMW in St. Louis, I finally settled on the 700. My thoughts are that instead of just riding 6000 miles on hard surface, (as I did this summer going to the rally in Oregon) once I get there, I'd like to be able to do some sightseeing off the beaten path. And on top of that, I'd like to be ready for those stretches of road where the blacktop just disappears for 30 miles or so, with the Dukes of Hazard on my tail wondering why I can't run on the gravel like on the slab....:-)
    So, I've thrown in the towel on high speed 120 mph stretches, and backing down to a more mundane 70 mph, but hope to spend a lot more time seeing the passing countryside, instead of it just being a blur.
    Of course, since red is the fastest color, I just had to pick up one that is the fastest of the bunch, but will have to dream of keeping up with my beloved K-bike.
    Anyway, Saturday can't come soon enough, even though it's supposed to be in the low 30's all day, so I'm hoping the dealership takes pity on me and allows a mechanic to install my pigtail to the battery for my heated gloves, otherwise, I'll be testing out the heated grips quickly to see if they're up to their reported effectiveness. The grips on my K-bike were never really much good below 30 degrees at 70 mph....:-(
    So, if anyone has any advice on break-in information on this bike, I would sure appreciate the information.....

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    Cool! Good luck with the new ride.
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    Congrats on your new F700GS, mine is also red. If fact this weekend it turned over 10,000 trouble free miles. As far as breaking in, I'm not an expert but I just rode it normal without any long 6th gear runs. I also added a custom seat, windshield and bar risers. If you want to go fast, it will. 100mph no sweat. I've only had it since February this year and the added BMW plug for heated gear really is important. I like the heated gloves better than the heated grips.

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    Thanks guys for the replies.... I agree that heated gloves are better than heated grips, and have both Gerbing gloves and jacket, although the jacket (bought second hand off this forum) only lasted a couple of trips before it started wimping out.....But it still works great as a windbreaker under my heavy leather jacket, so I just ran the glove wire through the inside liner, alongside of the original wires..... Plan on trouble shooting the connections inside of the jacket this weekend, as it'll be below 30 tomorrow when I go to pick it up...... It's going to be a bit chilly for my first ride, (about 120 miles round trip) but worth every penny of cold discomfort..... I can't wait to get my first 600 miles on her in a couple of weeks, so I can take her out on some farm roads to start getting used to her.....

    Can I ask, how many miles do you do between chain oiling? I used to have a Honda 750 chain drive that I went 1000 miles between oiling with their recommended spray oil that had retainers in it to keep from flinging too much......

    Also, are you getting the published 60 miles per gallon in MPG usage? I am anticipating at least a 180 mile range before having to worry about running out of gas, so I hope their claim is valid.....

    I can't wait to go to the Minnesota rally next year and participate in the GS events. Never have done any off roading at all, so at my age, it might take me a little to get used to the process, but expect to have a big, big smile on my face as I learn the ropes......

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    congratulations on your new bike! I predict you are going to like it. Yep, you have traded the high speed tarmac runs away but as you mentioned the slow ride through the forest is very rewarding! Have fun, ride safe tomorrow and stay warm!
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    Mpg

    I also have a red F700GS. Regarding MPG, in general it will give me 70+MPG at 50MPH and 50MPG at 70MPH. What I find interesting is that the hotter the ambient temp the higher the MPG. My son and I took a long ride last weekend and because of the speed 70+MPH and saddlebags I got below 50MPG. But then I was trying to keep up with a Honda CBR.

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    Another Happy F700

    After being off bikes for about 10 years and 2 years of kicking tires at my local dealer (bless his patience), I picked up a 2014 F700 about 3 weeks and 500 miles ago. Couldn't be happier to be riding again, and very much enjoying my choice.

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    Is it a sign of old age moving to a smaller bike?

    I just have to ask the question..... I had a response to a post to my face book showing my new 700F with a comment that since I was moving down a somewhat in engine power, that it was a sign of getting older..... I had to think a little about a reply, but it seems to me, that since I've never done any dirt bike or off road riding, and at 62 years young, I'm just now starting a new adventure, that it's not even close to a sign of getting older.... If I felt that way, I'd just stayed on a cruiser like all the other old fat guys tooling around on their Harley's....
    So, I'm gonna stick with my opinion that this is a great place to be in at my age and go for the gusto.......
    Any comments to the contrary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weschmann View Post
    ... I had a response to a post to my face book showing my new 700F with a comment that since I was moving down a somewhat in engine power, that it was a sign of getting older....
    No lack of power in your new bike. The only thing you have to do is enjoy it......Possibly post a pic in the section above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weschmann View Post
    I just have to ask the question..... I had a response to a post to my face book showing my new 700F with a comment that since I was moving down a somewhat in engine power, that it was a sign of getting older..... I had to think a little about a reply, but it seems to me, that since I've never done any dirt bike or off road riding, and at 62 years young, I'm just now starting a new adventure, that it's not even close to a sign of getting older.... If I felt that way, I'd just stayed on a cruiser like all the other old fat guys tooling around on their Harley's....
    So, I'm gonna stick with my opinion that this is a great place to be in at my age and go for the gusto.......
    Any comments to the contrary?
    73 and riding 20,000 a year on my 09 F650gs. Maybe I am a little behind the 20,000 miles a year as it only has 95,000 on it now.

    Riding for the SON and loving it.
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    Congratulations on the F700GS from an enthusiastic, new F700GS owner

    Quote Originally Posted by weschmann View Post
    I just have to ask the question..... I had a response to a post to my face book showing my new 700F with a comment that since I was moving down a somewhat in engine power, that it was a sign of getting older.....

    Any comments to the contrary?
    I am a year younger, I went from a 2010 Victory Vision 8 Ball to an F700GS.

    I would call it "right sizing"

    My move to a bike with slightly less than 1/2 the displacement, with 300 less pounds was done with a lot of careful thought.

    Compared to my previous bike, the F700GS;

    - is much "quicker", acceleration is markedly better at all speeds
    - handles better on the roads and highways
    - better braking system
    - has a better ride (the 8 Ball version is factory lowered and has very stiff suspension)
    - with the Vario side bags, has the same luggage space as the 8 Ball
    - much easier to move around and store in the garage

    I explain it to my non-riding friends this way; "I had a bike that impressed people when I pulled into a coffee shop, now I have a bike that impresses me"

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    [QUOTE=Omega Man;......Possibly post a pic in the section above.
    OM[/QUOTE]

    Omega Man....Sorry, where are my manners.... In my excitement, I forgot to post photos....
    Here's my new ride....

    http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/t...ps43cef15f.jpg

    Took her out on a back farm road today to see how she runs in gravel. Except for a few patches of deep gravel, so far. so good. And I especially like the quote from Glen B above...."I had a bike that impressed people when I pulled into a coffee shop, now I have a bike that impresses me"
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    Sweet
    They say red is the fastest color
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    BTW, I have the same Vario cases. I made a little safety strap to hold them on- just in case
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    Fit a Scottoiler and worry less. That, a proper chain brush, a can of WD-40 and a decent spray lube covers the bases. How often to clean is mostly a matter of how much grit sticks to your chain- rding in the wet or in blowing sand will deposit more grit than dry weather riding in clean air. The guys at webbikeworld like the brand Original (a sticky that resists flinging) and there are some dry lubes out there also. The Dupont stuff that used to be a favorite was reformulated and is now just some thin stuff that throws off easily.

    Chains can fail in ways that are generally road repairable at least enough to get to a better spot if you are carrying the right tools and bits. Something to consider if you ride away from civilization.

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    The F650-700 bikes are a great choice. My wife rides a 650GS and easily keeps up with me when I 'm on my R12R or FJR on Montana's interstates. I had poor luck with a Scotoiler. Either too much or too little oil. Anyone who want's one for postage then PM me. You 'll need to replace some hoses.

    Chain maintenance is not difficult. Just be diligent.
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