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    I'm looking at purchasing a 2009 f800ST with a bit over 30,000kms.

    I've heard people talking about '07 models and recals, anything I should be aware of with the '09's?

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    '08 F800ST
    10' was when they made most of the changes along with changing the engine color to black.

    I think 07, 08, and 09 are all pretty similar. That's not to say that you shouldn't buy one. Other than stator issues and some occasional stalling, my 08 has been great. Yeah, the engine often sounds like there are loose nuts bouncing around with a loud cam chain, and there is slop and noise in the drivetrain, but it runs great.

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    '07 F800 ST
    I believe 2007 was the first generation for this platform and so the 2009 should have had most of the stuff fixed. 30K is still young for the bike although its getting close to the belt change (around 40,000). Not sure what the price is but do your research on cycletrader, etc. Also - dont quote me on this - the 2009s were the last year with the engine manufactured in Europe versus China.

    I have a 2007 and have had the usual issues with it - fuel pump controller related stalling issues, brake like burn out. The good news is they are easy fixes. This bike is so much fun to ride and I LOVE that it looks different than anything else out there. Light, balanced and dont feel tired. Lot of torque. Yes - the engine sounds like something is off but that is par for the course for this Rotax designed engine. If I were you I would look for a good deal on these especially if you are handy. Most parts are cheap online and maintenance can be done by oneself.

    Good luck.
    '07 F800ST - 20Kish miles, Heated grips, Multi-Function Display, Center Stand....yaddi yaddi yaddi..Loving the two wheels down life.
     

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    Welcome, Sean, from the coast of Kansas. Glad to have you aboard.
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    Thanks everyone for the advice. Pretty sure I'm going ahead with it, will post pictures if I get it!

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    I have had my 09 since new and relatively problem free. Solid bike that is versatile and fun to ride.
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    Ok, here we go:
    2006MY - piston slap, weak engine paint, no service reminder in the dash, slow dash start-up check, rear wheel hub issues, solid front pulley (should have been replaced on every bike by now), indicators and tail light with cheap spade connectors
    2007MY - front pulley changed to cush rubbers version, spade connectors for indicators replaced with proper connectors, service indicator added ( I think, if not then by 2008 for sure )
    2008MY - sometime during this year's run the piston slap issue was resolved with different piston design and the rear hub was also fixed, maybe this year the instrument cluster got upgraded to a faster pre-check version
    2009MY - piston slap and rear hub definitely fixed on all bikes, front brake discs and calipers changed to a more typical and less prone to issues version
    2010-2012MY - engine paint quality improved with engine color changed to black

    Keep in mind that BMW has a tendency to change a lot of things without proper documentation of these changes. Over the years there have been small changes to starter relay mount, extra support rubbers for the seat (I think 2007-2008MY), idle control hoses changed to preformed ones, pump controller changed to a black one and probably a lot of other small differences.

    Anyway, a 2009MY bike should have all the major problems fixed.

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    Thanks for that, I'll have a good look at those things regardless 🙂

    I really appreciate the honest advice from everyone and even found in other groups, f800st riders seem to need no encouragement to help and advise which is a nice change from other groups I've been a part of.

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    Don’t be put off by stories of rear wheel bearing failures. Yes, this was an issue on earlier bikes, but BMW issued a worldwide repair campaign and is still honoring it. Your dealer can check the VIN and confirm if the bike you’re interested in has been repaired. If it hasn’t, it will be at no cost,

    I owned two US-spec ‘07 F800ST’s and found them to be fabulous, trouble-free bikes. I switched to a ‘13 F800GT only because I prefer its panniers.
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    Just took it out for a test ride, was better than I expected, very smooth and comfortable, got false neutral from 5th to 6th but I know that was me just being a little rusty.

    Put a holding deposit on it and will hopefully be mine next week!
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