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#985286 - 04/20/17 08:52 PM Re: F800 GT, F700 GS or another bike? [Re: Alp Rider]  
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Swing for the fences and try a low suspension 1200GSA? Uber comfortable on the high speed roads and capable for anything else. Huge tank and good wind protection. Apologize for stepping outside the range of bikes you inquired about but if I was touring Europe it would definitely be the only bike I'd consider. My autobahn experiences, though many years ago, left a big impression on me when the big Mercedes would boom up behind me quick even though I was constantly checking behind me.

Of course the question is WWMHD?

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#985302 - 04/20/17 10:02 PM Re: F800 GT, F700 GS or another bike? [Re: Alp Rider]  
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Planet Earth, Orion Spur, Milk...
Suzuki "Wee" Strom DL650 might be a worthy consideration


As of SEPT-2017,
'85K100RS,OrigOwner,DOWN@*200,620*mi
'96R1100RS,3rd Owner,76,570mi.
'03K1200GT, 4th Owner,52,990mi.
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#985304 - 04/20/17 10:09 PM Re: F800 GT, F700 GS or another bike? [Re: Alp Rider]  
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Originally Posted By: Alp Rider
Thanks for the F850 GS advice, I was thinking about buying or leasing the 2017 F800 GT (new) but now I'm going to completely exclude that option and look for a used bike that can keep me happy until the new models are announced.


Evening Alp Rider

A used BMW 700 or 800 can be a good deal as their resale is usually fairly low. If buying an early 700 or 800 just do some research as that era had a very high stator failure rate. On the later bikes (around) 2014 up BMW added a vented flywheel that allowed for much better oil cooling of the stator so very few if any failures on the later bikes.

Added: also on any 700/800 bike that you look at, look very closely at the fuel tank upper/outer seam area for signs of cracking (I think this is more of a U.S. problem due to tank pressurization for hydrocarbon emission control but if your country is emission friendly then possibly there also)

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#985306 - 04/20/17 10:19 PM Re: F800 GT, F700 GS or another bike? [Re: mickeym3]  
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Originally Posted By: mickeym3
Swing for the fences and try a low suspension 1200GSA? Uber comfortable on the high speed roads and capable for anything else. Huge tank and good wind protection. Apologize for stepping outside the range of bikes you inquired about but if I was touring Europe it would definitely be the only bike I'd consider. My autobahn experiences, though many years ago, left a big impression on me when the big Mercedes would boom up behind me quick even though I was constantly checking behind me.

Of course the question is WWMHD?


To answer your question, I've taken my 12 GS to Europe 3 times for extended periods. Hope to ride in Europe again this late summer. As an aside, I've owned a 7, 8, and 12GS. Prefer the 12 but sometime in the future might get another 7 when the 12 feels to heavy. I found the 8 to be almost as heavy as the 12 and didn't care for it.
Ride them all and make "YOUR" choice.


Marty
49 states/32 countries/3 continents

700GS/white...old age moto



WWMHD...ride till you can't

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#985351 - 04/21/17 02:17 PM Re: F800 GT, F700 GS or another bike? [Re: Alp Rider]  
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Thanks for all the feedback

To understand the alpine pass roads, maybe less than 10% of what I'll do with the bike, you may want to see a couple of these videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgqyFzUxbjM
(Susten pass, these are Swiss roads)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB3UGKWcLSY
(Stelvio pass, Italian roads, notice some of the really tight
corners where the biker ventures onto the wrong side)

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