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800GS - launch report
« on: February 22, 2008, 01:46:55 pm »
While I was away attending the international launch of the 800 GS, some of you were complaining that TopBike now has too little overseas content/not enough spelling mistakes/too little meaningless photography, etc.

My motto is: It's all about the bike.

But since this is the Wilddogs and I'm one too, this report is a little peek of what a launch looks like behind the scenes and bullshit.

Hope you'll enjoy.

Right, we have just woken up, had breakfast and the 800's are waiting. But it's kak weather.  :P But it's okay, Jan du Toit is there.



Some pretty German chick warns us about the dangers of riding in SA. LOL. She doesn't mention the word minibustaxi. Not once...



We stop so the Frenchman and his buddies can have themselves photographed repeatedly. We do not ride. I get pissed off, standing by the side of the road. It was to happen a lot, with certain people not being able to resist an elaborate photography sessin. FFS!



Certain types are once again planning elaborate photos of bikes in front of minibusses... I will not name and shame, but the colour red and dodgy pants give a hint  ::)



Dennis Droppa of Star Motoring not giving a toss about DS fashion. Good oke. Note the cheeky display of denim protruding from under his pants.

800GS. A thing of beauty.



CowZulu-Natal



Rutal KZN - an acquired taste.



A reminder for Fritz, Jean-Pierre, Stavros, Guisseppe and Igor to ride on the right side of the road, ie, the left...



I passed the lunch venue let the narcissists get on with having them photographed and left everyone behind for some awesome solo riding. Fortunately the supplied GPS routes were good-ish.



Day Two: Riding the cute little F650 - the one with the 800 engine...



Jan "Staal" du Toit, holding my helmet. Yes, he knows of the Wild dogs...  ;D



Some photie I took of the F650 by a rural store.



There you go. Please compare it with the offerings of our rival mags, come April.  ;)



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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2008, 01:52:29 pm »
Sorry, I omitted the sartorial sophistication of Mr. Droppa with photographic evidence.

Here's the kief rainsuit:



and here's a dust moustache to be proud of...



But he's a good oke, so I'll forgive him is fashion faux pas  ;) :D
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2008, 01:56:24 pm »
Very interesting - thanks for the feedback
I noticed that BarkSA listed the weight as 178kg. Is this correct?

and I have another question:
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2008, 01:56:57 pm »


My motto is: It's all about the bike.


could you say something about the bike ?
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2008, 01:57:15 pm »
Nice one Jaco!
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2008, 01:58:53 pm »
Thanks Jacko. Dan wag ons maar in spanning tot April.
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2008, 01:59:25 pm »
Lekker lekker.....

Lekker job wat jy het nè
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2008, 01:59:48 pm »
thanks jacko

just a wee question , did you get the chance to work out fuel consumption on these bikes? i see the tank is rather small .

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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2008, 02:03:35 pm »
Thanks Jacko for the personalized input.

Something bothers me about the cosmetics of this bike....

It sure looks like there is panels (or maybe a bashplate or crashbars) or something missing
in front of the engine.
That space between the engine and the frontwheel looks so........how shall I
describe it.......empty!
 

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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2008, 02:06:55 pm »
That space between the engine and the frontwheel looks so........how shall I
describe it.......empty!

I agree. It looks like something fell off

 

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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2008, 02:07:45 pm »


My motto is: It's all about the bike.


could you say something about the bike ?

+1 !!!! WTF is the bike like?

One thing I have found about these press launches is you are relatively restricted by their rules, you kinda get the wrong impression of the bike, have free reign on the same bike for a week or so works a lot better for me, more 'real time' biking.
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2008, 02:10:09 pm »
Very interesting - thanks for the feedback
I noticed that BarkSA listed the weight as 178kg. Is this correct?

and I have another question:

LS... you're putting me on the spot...

Nope, it IS 185 kg.
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2008, 02:11:24 pm »
would you buy one ?
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2008, 02:12:56 pm »
I sure hope they make a bash plate for that thang!
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2008, 02:13:48 pm »
That space between the engine and the frontwheel looks so........how shall I
describe it.......empty!

I agree. It looks like something fell off



Agree with LS and Operator.

Where is the hand guards....

A foktor may be a big factor to add on
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2008, 02:22:20 pm »
that big gap between the front wheel and the bike is where all the R20k worth of touratech extra's go

nice one jacko

cant wait for the full write up
 

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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2008, 02:26:27 pm »
Hmmm, everything you guys have mentioned is available. At an extra cost.

Having said that, the BMW alu bash plate is moer of a strong. Sorry I didn't snap it.

Would I buy one?

Depends on what I want. I probably would, unless I was buying an HP2 - which I am!  >:D
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2008, 02:29:11 pm »
Would I buy one?

Depends on what I want. I probably would, unless I was buying an HP2 - which I am!  >:D

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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2008, 03:00:19 pm »
Are you guys bashing other journalists? (2Wheels & SuperBike).