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El Jefe, or anyone else in the loop: I saw this bike last week at my local dealer. My dealer mama said that she cannot keep them on the floor. They sell as fast as she gets them out of the box! She said that they sport a high performance Bombardier 2 cylinder engine that was totally reworked by BMW for this M/C. NO SHAFT DRIVE! Belt drive. WTF?!

The bike looked and felt great. The price was good, also ($11k). I've read two articles on this bike and both were favorable.

What do you make of this bike?

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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post #2 of 23 Old Jun 18th, 2007, 9:57 pm
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F800.....Rotex powered buzzbox. I rode one for a few hundred miles...they are indeed belt driven, which was kinda nice. BUT, the are strictly street fighters, anything over 60 and my fillings were getting loose. I think the pricepoint is way to high for what you get...you could get a bunch of other offerings with better ergos/weather protection for less dough.

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I test rode an S model a few weeks ago, and the thing just plain rocks! It's a really fun bike, handles great, good power and is just a hoot to ride. I'm reading Florian's comments about buzziness, which I experienced none of on the bike I rode, and I rung it out to near triple digits while I was blasting around. One of the guys at San Jose BMW is now hooked on track days with his new 800 (looked cool with gnarled up slicks), and the word is they are also building one to race next season. If you're thinking about one as a second bike I think it's a good choice.

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Word is the buzziness goes away after break in as well.

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I bought one and absolutely love it. Also own a 1200 RT. This bike handles like a dream. Fun, fun, fun to ride. Shifting is like I have never experienced before - smooth. Very powerful - a pro rider took it up to 172 mph. Me, I stopped at 125. Comfortable and light. Negative - mirrors, mirrors, and mirrors. Am getting aftermarket extenders. Also a bit of heat. Go to F800 International forum for more thoughts.

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172 mph with 85 HP? I don't think so...

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a pro rider took it up to 172 mph. Me, I stopped at 125.
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I bought an 800S April 17 and have 6300 miles on it. I had several R bikes previously (R1150R,R1100RT.R1100RS,R850R,and airheads before that) . I find the 800 comfortable and a lot of fun; it has gotten smoother with more miles. I did do a 1006 mile day and it did fine. It cruises at 85 mph with no problem. It uses no oil which all of my R bikes used a little. I don't like I have to take it to the dealer for valve checks as I always did it myself on the Rs but a new R would have been several thousand dollars more. I like mine so much that we are thinking of maybe sometime trading my wife's R1100S for one.
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I own an S. 172 is really fast, even for the S.

Much as I like lookin at the 800's at the dealers (while drooling a bit of course), I don't think they'll ever see the other side of 150.

The article this month in the bike rag compared a bandit to the 800 and said the bandit was a much better deal. I agree...long as you don't ride it too much and wear it out, arharh...

i understand the rag's but they must not get it much...beemer riders tend to put lots of miles on the bikes as compared to several other brands, again IMHO which is all I have other than a dime to call someone
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Well, I waited a year for those F800's to come to the good ol' USA. As a short, light, female, I thought it was a beemer I could ride.

I went out to the dealer to take a test ride the F800. It was a cold, blustery day in early May with a bit of rain. I took the F800 out and wasn't as impressed as I expected to be. Frankly, I was bummed .

My husband kept telling me I should ride the R1200RT. "No," I said, "it's too big for me."

The salesman found a low seat to put on the R1200, and the rest is history I liked the wind protection, relatively light weight, and smooth ride of the RT.

I bought the RT.

I thought the F800 was fun to ride, it felt good on the highway, but I just couldn't see myself touring on it. I found the riding position a bit too "sporty," and felt that it lacked sufficient wind protection for highway riding.

Perhaps this was the result of a rainy test ride (I did change out the stock windshield on the RT for a sport shield, because once it got hot, I was too protected and couldn't get a breeze).

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172 mph with 85 HP? I don't think so...
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BULLSHIT
Well, ok, maybe on a steep decent with a tail wind?!

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Bought a 800ST, very fun bike and at a shade over 400 lb weight it is sooo easy to handle compared to the LT I had. Only thing I will probably change soon is the front fork springs, stock ones are a bit too soft for my taste and you get front end dive fairly easy.
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Oops, my mistake on the MC rag comparo between the bandit and the 800, that was the 1200R they compared to..

the 800 is what it is and it sure does look like fun to ride...

that new duc supermoto is really yankin my chain lately too, i'm going to have to take a look at that next run to the dealer.
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I don't know what year this is, but here's a F800S that I found

A photo is worth more than all the discription in the world

It looks like a really nice bike ... a lot different than what BMW is known for, but still a lot of amazing engineering in there ... check out that gas tank filler behind and on the side of the seat! - that would get you some serious looks and questions every time you filled it up

I prefer a full fairing, but maybe there are other models besides this "S" that have them ... anyone have one with a more full fairing?

I'm going to try to make a trip to my local dealer to see if they have one there and get more info on it ... but it looks like a really nice bike to me

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BMW has had this S model and a fully faired ST in the showrooms for a few months now. THe GS model will be out in March 08

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Here is an ST800, nice bike! There is a very large thread on these bikes on AdventureRider.com started back in 11/05 to now. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=100456

Here is the one I am waiting for, the GS800

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Re: New bike: BMW 800?!

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Why don't you take you political views to Fox "news", must people who drive BMW could not care less of political opinions, now if you have a fact to convey that may be interesting. Fact as defined by 2 independent sources of an event. Again no opinions. Sir Winston Churchill -
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To who and what are you talking about. I saw no political views in this thread. Or are you just a troll? If not, not a vary good way to introduce yourself to the forum on your 1st post.

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He's a troll, ignore his ass.

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....Why don't you take you political views to Fox "news", must people who drive BMW could not care less of political opinions, now if you have a fact to convey that may be interesting. Fact as defined by 2 independent sources of an event. Again no opinions.....
Homie's ALL FKD up. Anyone in the "know" takes their news to THE bastian of newsioscity: PMSNBC, of course!

Define "independent." If their version of events jives with your version, are they still independent?

AND this thread is almost 3 years old, now. Let that be a lesson to me!

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Nice bike. I like it better than the R's. That Rotax engine is truly bullet proof. BMW found the solution to the final drive problems, too. I would have this bike if I could afford another in the garage right now, or if my wife did not ride with me.

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A little late from me, but better late than never.

Karen and I bought two 800cc bikes ... a F650GS for her and a F800GS for me. At first I did feel the bike being buzzy, especially when at higher rpm's, but lately (just rolled over 1111 mls today) the buzziness gets less and less.

And while I first thought the bike would be too small I have to admit that the 85HP on only 450lbs do bring out a little hooligan in me. This bike DOES move when asked politely, and if you ask less politely it even lifts the front wheel.

Things that are new to me: Light bike, relatively high output, WIDE butt (with the pelican cases mounted) Basically unfaired, no weather protection. A good sounding bike out the showroom.

Things that are not so new: crappy seat.

I AM looking forward to mounting knobbies on those two and taking them off road.
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Basically unfaired, no weather protection. A good sounding bike out the showroom.
AeroFlow now makes some pretty impressive windscreens and hand guards for the F650/800GS bikes. I had the chance to ride one of the prototypes and they just flat work.

That may not be the best solution if you're gonna do a lot of off-road work, but for street rides they're awesome.

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I know nothing about the 800 but I agree whole heartedly about the end of your post.

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