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Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Switters, Jun 2, 2010.

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    Switters Guest

    I'm going to be hiring a bike for a little touring trip in Spain and
    have the option of an F650GS or an F800ST. The price difference is 17
    euros per day. A couple of days will be quite long ones, i.e. many
    hours in the saddle. Obviously both will be more comfortable than my
    ZX9, but wondering if my arse/wrists/back will notice the difference
    between them.
    Switters, Jun 2, 2010
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    Switters Guest

    That's interesting, coz they both have the same seat height
    (apparently). I'm taller than you too, so very much noted. Ta.
    Switters, Jun 2, 2010
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    Nige Guest

    Do they do the 800gs? Its a fucking great bike.



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    Nige, Jun 2, 2010
  4. The old F650 single or the new (confusingly) twin?

    If the single, go for the 800. If not, dunno.
    The Older Gentleman, Jun 2, 2010
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    Steve Parry Guest

    If it's the new F650GS it's the sameish chassis but detuned :)

    Steve Parry
    87 BMW R80RS, 03 BMW R1100S Boxercup, 07 BMW K1200GT SE
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    Steve Parry, Jun 2, 2010
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    Switters Guest

    Parallel Twin. Chain driven 800cc job, just to be confusing.

    The 800ST has slightly more power and is belt driven.

    Switters, Jun 2, 2010
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    Switters Guest

    Nope. They have the 1200GS though, but I think that's going to be overkill.
    Switters, Jun 2, 2010
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    Owen Guest

    Can you not get a test ride on them?
    Owen, Jun 2, 2010
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    Switters Guest

    I think that rather depends on their stock level on the day that I turn
    up. I don't want to wait and end up with nothing. Then the trip really
    would be fucked.

    I could go the local BMW dealer and try and blag some test rides, but I
    hear they're quite strict. Well, they were when my mate wanted to try
    the S1000.
    Switters, Jun 2, 2010
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    Gavin Guest

    Not the experiance I had, "here ya go, have fun, see you in a couple of
    hours mate"

    I had a BLAST that morning.

    Moto Guzzi California Aquila Nera
    Gavin, Jun 2, 2010
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    Nige Guest

    But the 800 is fucking great, the 650 is low, slow & shite
    Nige, Jun 2, 2010
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    Nige Guest

    Yeah, they chuck test rides at spastics round here.
    Nige, Jun 2, 2010
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    wessie Guest

    I sat on both in our hotel last year, that had a BMW test fleet. The F-GS
    is very tall, even compared to my R-GS, and with panniers on provided a
    comedy moment getting off. F800ST seemed okay but as Mark says, the
    peg/seat arrangement might be a bit close if you are used to an R-GS type
    bike. For that reason, I'd plump for the F-GS and try to make sure nobody
    is watching as I get on/off.
    wessie, Jun 2, 2010
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    Switters Guest

    Based on what you and Mark said, this is what I've gone for. Thanks. If
    I fall off, I'm sure it'll reach someones facebook thing before I even get
    back on the plane.
    Switters, Jun 3, 2010
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    Jérémy Guest

    From my limited experience riding both, I think if any speed is involved
    you'll be more comfortable (well, I don't know about you; I'd be more
    comfortable) on the ST. The GS riding position is very upright, and
    there's not much protection. If it's really bumpy you might appreciate
    the long suspension travel of the GS - it sucks up speed bumps without
    noticing them.
    Jérémy, Jun 3, 2010
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    Owen Guest

    Cant complain about mine...

    But, if I was to... Its bloody top-heavy ona tank full of gas...
    Owen, Jun 3, 2010
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