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2009 BMW F800GS Review

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Neat stuff yumpin' up and down in that motor. I take it a 360 degree crank like this one has, one piston fires right after the next, on the next 360 degree rotation? Like an old Triumph?
 

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Yep, basically.

Neat stuff yumpin' up and down in that motor. I take it a 360 degree crank like this one has, one piston fires right after the next, on the next 360 degree rotation? Like an old Triumph?
I suppose a motorcycle "professional" like maself, this stuff should just roll of my tongue, but it's been quite a while since my days at L.A. Trade Tech. And now that I no longer have to repair my own motorbikes, it took me a while to look back in some old materials, but in essence you got the nail on the head.

"This leads to a working cycle every 360آ degrees... however, the advantage is that the firing is regular, with one cylinder firing each revolution of the crankshaft rather than every second revolution."

Now where's that old mercury gauge I had...
 

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I see said the blind man. Does it kinda sound like a Kawasaki, er..I mean Triumph? Neat looking bike. Didn't BMW buy Husqvarna from Cagiva? Who was built from the ashes of Areamacchi? Or is it Aeramacchi? Whatever. Guess now that you're a well paid famous motojournalist you got rid of the Bandit...that had the reverse-slipper clutch. I'll never forget that day, when Sean ate it. I got to ride the ZX-10 for about three minutes...
 

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Just saw one in person...

During my recent trip to the Adirondacks, I had the chance to see a new F800GS in person. I can saw with certainty that the fit and finish is top notch. It feels light under seat, pulling it off the side stand, and this was fully loaded. The owner said that his top speed achieved thus far was 115 mph. That's good enough for me. I did notice that the new GS didn't have quite as much legroom (as my Uly) and that the seat was not quite as comfortable. Overall, it was a really nice bike!
 

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A day of infamy!

I see said the blind man. Does it kinda sound like a Kawasaki, er..I mean Triumph? Neat looking bike. Didn't BMW buy Husqvarna from Cagiva? Who was built from the ashes of Areamacchi? Or is it Aeramacchi? Whatever. Guess now that you're a well paid famous motojournalist you got rid of the Bandit...that had the reverse-slipper clutch. I'll never forget that day, when Sean ate it. I got to ride the ZX-10 for about three minutes...
IMO, it really sounds a lot like a Boxer, like I noted in the First Ride, and that engineers purposely did their best to emulate the Boxer exhaust note. My suspicion of the similarity between the two was confirmed by BMW staff at the launch.

Every time I ride in the area of the Rock Store I remember that fateful day. And, yes, the Bandito is long since gone. Sat around the MO garage so long a couple of years ago that a new battery went flat from lack of use.

FYI, that lil' pile-up still gets brought up in convo. ;)
 

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You're a good man Pete. Keep safe out there on the mean streets of LaLa Land. Glad to see your carreer taking off!
 

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Pete- you ever ask about a SM model or if the ST wheels/brakes will slip right into place. Inquiry minds must know.
 

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Noup!

Pete- you ever ask about a SM model or if the ST wheels/brakes will slip right into place. Inquiry minds must know.
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"Pete,

Forget the possibility of swapping wheels.. Don't forget that the one
bike (GS) has a dual arm chain driven swing arm and the other two (S &
ST) have a single belt driven swing arm. The technical requirement's let
alone the cost would make this virtually impossible. For the front axel,
I'm receiving info from the tech guys that it won't just swap in..

Unless this guy wants to fabricate quite a bit of components it
shouldn't be something he should even consider - although a cool
concept..

All the best,

Roy

Roy Oliemuller
Motorcycle Communications Manager
BMW of North America, LLC "

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"Pete,

Forget the possibility of swapping wheels.. Don't forget that the one
bike (GS) has a dual arm chain driven swing arm and the other two (S &
ST) have a single belt driven swing arm. The technical requirement's let
alone the cost would make this virtually impossible. For the front axel,
I'm receiving info from the tech guys that it won't just swap in..

Unless this guy wants to fabricate quite a bit of components it
shouldn't be something he should even consider - although a cool
concept..

All the best,

Roy

Roy Oliemuller
Motorcycle Communications Manager
BMW of North America, LLC "

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You'd think that they would already be working on a cool SM model. New wheels shouldn't be too hard to source. You wouldn't even have to change the price. Just update the CPU for the different tire size.
 

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Who created the adventure bike market?

Would take issue that it was BM.

Look at Yamaha's Super Tenere or TDM850. These were big capacity bikes (when introduced) and excellent cross-over units.

The TDM: twin cylinder, 19" front wheel IIRC, bash plate, good ground clearance.
 

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Would take issue that it was BM.

Look at Yamaha's Super Tenere or TDM850. These were big capacity bikes (when introduced) and excellent cross-over units.

The TDM: twin cylinder, 19" front wheel IIRC, bash plate, good ground clearance.
Who created the AT market? Like any other style it was the creation of riders who modified their machines on their own. Eventually it catches on and finally the manufacturers build ready made ones. Choppers, customs, hooligans, cafe racers, tourers.. the bike styles were created by the riders.
 
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