Mt Franklin(old volcano)


Got myself a used BMW F800GS last month

bike came with aluminium panniers , engine crash bar, bash plate, hand guards.

I added since :

  • a top box/luggage plate
  • BMW soft bag to go with it. Its quite handy for commuting, very spacious bag and quick to attach and remove.

The things I want to add in the future:

  1. upper crash bar extension to protect the radiator and plastics in case of fall.
  2. driving lights
  3. motorcycle GPS
  4. maybe aluminium top box if I’m going to be riding with pillion a lot, they could lean on it and use it as a backrest.
  5. camel bag type of fuel container probably 2×10 litres  capacity to extend the range

When I taken the bike for test ride at the dealership as I was turning into the street the first feeling was that the front tyre was wobbling and moving about 1cm side to side. I could feel the side knobs on the tyre were compressing, decompressing and bending side to side.

Front suspension felt little bit softer or bit more movement then Versys had for obvious reasons as F800GS had a longer travel suspension.

Bike felt taller but slimmer. Acceleration felt quicker at first. I taken it to the freeway to check how  it feels at highway speeds.

at 100km/h I noticed quite a bit of buffeting to compare to my Versys.I now use moulded earplugs that helps a lot with reducing noise.  Also the front felt a bit light and front tyre was walking a little (bike came with TKC80 tyres) to compare to Versys with 17″ wheels and Scorpion Trail almost road tyres.

another thing i had noticed is that the handlebars were moving side to side shaken by the wind buffeting and also from wind hitting my shoulders which was adding to that.

I have heard about all those issues before and was prepared for them so that wasn’t deterring me away. I thought I just get used to them.

You do notice the weight distribution difference slightly when you do slow corners/turns because of the under the seat fuel tank.

After test ride I jumped on my Versys and it felt stiffer, tighter and revvier. It felt similar in comparing sport coupe with lowered stiffer suspension with a softer SUV.

I bought the BMW on that day.

now i have done more then 2000kms in about a month. I quite enjoy it so far, I like the panniers they are quite big, can carry almost everything i need for the camping trip, heated grips are quite good on cold wet morning commutes. Because bike is quite slim filtering is not too difficult, the mirror and handlebars are still wider and taller then sports bikes , they go over a lot of sedans but at the height of the most SUVs.

center stand is handy for cleaning, lubing  and adjusting the chain, checking oil level etc.

I have taken it for an overnight camping trip to the friend farm just to test all the gear and see if I’m missing anything in the setup.

I am trying not to do too much off road until i get upper crash bars.

so far I’m quite happy with it.


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