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    After much deliberation I have decided to trade in my F800GT (2019) In case any Forum member is interested, I have advertised on Ebay, a Madstad screen (only 3 months old) and will shortly add a Scorpion exhaust can.

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    Good luck with the sale. Did you also post the parts in our classified section? What's going to take the place of the GT?
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    Thank you Wild Willy. No i just advertised on E-bay. Had a good response so far. I had become disenchanted with the F800Gt and unimpressed with the local BMW dealer. I have ordered a Kawasaki Z1000sx.

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    Anything like these bad boys?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chestnut View Post
    ... I had become disenchanted with the F800Gt …
    We hear this sort of thing so seldom, I wonder if you would give the forum a bit more detail: what, specifically, do you dislike about the F bike (handling, comfort, performance, etc)?

    Thank you, and good luck with your new bike.
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    Cost of BMW dealer factory recommended maintenance?
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    I have the Ninja 1000SX 2016 as my main ride along with a F700GS I just picked up last year to do a bit of off road,,. I cant comment on the GT however the N1K has been a good all rounder for 45,000 KM's so far,. Its been 100% issue free, the maintenance has included a valve adjustment, plugs, chain and sprockets replacements,,. Ive been able to do all my own maint, except valves, the oil is a 10 min job as both the plug and the filter can be accessed without removing any fairings,,. I added an Airhawk for the seat and now I get as much range as I do with the little GS, looked at the 2020 and it would be on my list however I'm very happy with my current stable,. Enjoy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Royce View Post
    We hear this sort of thing so seldom, I wonder if you would give the forum a bit more detail: what, specifically, do you dislike about the F bike (handling, comfort, performance, etc)?

    Thank you, and good luck with your new bike.
    After a 1200 RT, which i was beginning to find a bit heavy, the F800gt was lighter, more nimble but very dull, bland and ordinary. Acceleration and top speed were very average for an 800cc bike. I never overcame the windscreen noise/buffeting problem, despite trying Puig and Madstad screens. At 6ft 1, I felt somewhat cramped on the bike and all of these factors coupled with indifferent BMW dealer service, made me change for something that gave me a bit more excitement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chestnut View Post
    After a 1200 RT, which i was beginning to find a bit heavy, the F800gt was lighter, more nimble but very dull, bland and ordinary. Acceleration and top speed were very average for an 800cc bike. I never overcame the windscreen noise/buffeting problem, despite trying Puig and Madstad screens. At 6ft 1, I felt somewhat cramped on the bike and all of these factors coupled with indifferent BMW dealer service, made me change for something that gave me a bit more excitement.
    having owned a 1200RT I understand the weight issue. That's what moved me to the GT. Still miss the cruise control and push button windshield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chestnut View Post
    After a 1200 RT, which i was beginning to find a bit heavy, the F800gt was lighter, more nimble but very dull, bland and ordinary. Acceleration and top speed were very average for an 800cc bike. I never overcame the windscreen noise/buffeting problem, despite trying Puig and Madstad screens. At 6ft 1, I felt somewhat cramped on the bike and all of these factors coupled with indifferent BMW dealer service, made me change for something that gave me a bit more excitement.
    I get all that. When I was 20 years younger, I likely would not have ridden a 800cc bike either. In those days I was astride a Yamaha FZ1, the closest thing to a rocket ship I could afford. It still is the most fun bike I have ever ridden. Good luck with your new ride.
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    As the owner of a GT that sits in my garage alongside a '17 S1000RR, I have found the GT to be a truly fun bike. Once the windscreen issue was resolved, the bike's other attributes began to shine. Can't beat the power of the RR, which is phenomenal, but in the upper rpm range, the GT is a blast in the twisties, and when cruising at 4500-5000 rpm, the bike just eats up the miles. Is it perfect? No...but no bike is. If it were my only bike, I might wish for more...but I have that with the RR.

    If I HAD to own one bike, it might be a 1250 RS...but it has windscreen issues too (which can be fixed).

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyrider View Post
    If I HAD to own one bike, it might be a 1250 RS...but it has windscreen issues too (which can be fixed).
    I was in the market for a one-bike solution FULLY capable for long distance touring and while being capable enough in the twisties and was so hoping R1200RS would fill that bill when it debuted in 2015. Besides poor wind management ergos weren't ideal for me at 6'4" tall in terms of meeting touring needs, so I went w/ a new '16 R1200RT. First time out I was pleasantly surprised to learn how zipping thru a favorite canyon twisty road was on RT over F800GT which I was not expecting that as I assumed the added weight was going to impair sport behavior--not so. RT is unmatched as a FULLY capable tourer w/ sufficient handling to meet the sport side in a one-bike solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel View Post
    I was in the market for a one-bike solution FULLY capable for long distance touring and while being capable enough in the twisties and was so hoping R1200RS would fill that bill when it debuted in 2015. Besides poor wind management ergos weren't ideal for me at 6'4" tall in terms of meeting touring needs, so I went w/ a new '16 R1200RT. First time out I was pleasantly surprised to learn how zipping thru a favorite canyon twisty road was on RT over F800GT which I was not expecting that as I assumed the added weight was going to impair sport behavior--not so. RT is unmatched as a FULLY capable tourer w/ sufficient handling to meet the sport side in a one-bike solution.
    I wish you hadn't said that...

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    Having lived w/ an electrically adjustable screen has spoiled me forever. I adjust windscreen height regularly whenever I'm out riding according to conditions at the flick of the thumb. Down to get some clear wind in warmer conditions or when sporting thru the twisties, or up when a good part of the way to fully up on the freeways, and then use it to channel wind to my visor to clear rain or fog condensation from the helmet visor. I would really miss it were I on a bike w/o one. I would only part w/ RT if a brand came out fully capable sport tourer including electric screen but at a lower curb weight of say 540lbs or less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel View Post
    Having lived w/ an electrically adjustable screen has spoiled me forever...I would only part w/ RT if a brand came out fully capable sport tourer including electric screen but at a lower curb weight of say 540lbs or less.
    I wonder if a Honda Grom can be purchased with an electrically adjustable screen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daboo View Post
    I wonder if a Honda Grom can be purchased with an electrically adjustable screen?

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    Bet you could make one. Add some panniers, Heli bars, top box, tank bag, highway pegs, heated grips and quick-shifter...you'd be all set for that journey to the donut shop.

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    I'm just thinking that Noel would like some alternatives to the RT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daboo View Post
    I'm just thinking that Noel would like some alternatives to the RT.

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    His comment on the wind management of the RS is totally correct...it's as bad or worse than the GT. But maybe a VStream would fix that. I rode the 1250 RS my dealer had...and it's really nice...low center of gravity, beautifully balanced...but the noise! Drove me batty...

    What puzzles me are the video reviews of the RS that don't even mention that. Quiet riding is so crucial to enjoying a bike that leaving such an ugly facet of a bike out of a review is like putting Brad Pitt's picture on your online dating page instead of your own.

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    I have a Powerbronze windshield on my RS and find that works very well in both the upper and lower settings. And you can reduce the noise even further by attaching a cheap generic Chinese wind deflector to the top edge of the windshield.
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    I thought seriously about the RS and preferred it over the RT when I test rode both. If I was looking for a sport-touring bike and didn't have the GT already, I'd seriously consider the RS. In fact, as I looked at the F900XR in the showroom sitting next to the R1250RS...I couldn't help but wonder if a lightly used RS would not be a better deal. If I was taller, I'd probably lean more to the RS also.

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    I have one of each (F800GT and R1200RT). Unless I'm taking a long ride (high miles, overnight, pillion, etc.), the F800GT usually gets the nod. I appreciate how agile and relatively sporty it is, at least compared to the RT. Plus, it gets great mileage (70 mpg at altitude) and is inexpensive to own. On those days that I "just want to go for a ride," then it's the CB1100, or for bopping around town, the Monkey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emlevy View Post
    I have one of each (F800GT and R1200RT). Unless I'm taking a long ride (high miles, overnight, pillion, etc.), the F800GT usually gets the nod. I appreciate how agile and relatively sporty it is, at least compared to the RT. Plus, it gets great mileage (70 mpg at altitude) and is inexpensive to own. On those days that I "just want to go for a ride," then it's the CB1100, or for bopping around town, the Monkey.
    That’s interesting,that although you have the RT you didn’t say that it stimulates your riding?
    I’ve three main users myself, a cast wheel Bonneville, a Rockster and now an F8GT. The Bonneville I’ve bought several years ago as a present to myself for my 50th. It rides well, sounds very ‘British’ and makes me feel good when I’m on it but........... most times when I go out into the garage to get it out for a ride it’s the Rockster I choose?!!! Wtf?
    As for the F800gt, it’s new to me and I’ve still to seek its soul. It’s a very new acquisition and the weather has been foul to play but it ticks many boxes and replaces a frugal chinese CFMOTO 650TR tourer (copy of an ER6 in Pan European clothing) which not many have heard of but a serious bit of frugal budget kit let down by just a few daft stuff. I wouldn’t have bought the F8 if it wasn’t for the CFMOTO as it did so many things well but let down by build quality (no surprise) and poor dealership interest therefor the nearest resemblance was the F800gt.

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    Unless I plan to do a lot of riding on a freeway, I prefer riding my F650GS on all other roads. It is just so much easier to handle, has a more comfortable ride, steers nicely and corners better at any normal speed. Plus, it gets 10 more mpg on regular fuel. What is not to like.
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