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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #41 on: February 23, 2008, 09:37:10 pm »
an interesting write-up

http://www.thinkbike.co.za/talk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=16785&highlight=&sid=4c1975e35dd40b5d2258128e68bec015

Now that's more like what I wanted to see.
I don't totally agree with some of the comparisons, will decide after I have ridden them myself.
Looks like this bike is going to do well. 8)
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #42 on: February 23, 2008, 09:39:25 pm »
an interesting write-up

http://www.thinkbike.co.za/talk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=16785&highlight=&sid=4c1975e35dd40b5d2258128e68bec015
That really was interesting.  An expensive bike but no one has dissed it yet.  I thought BMW had set themselves up by their excellent market hype for some negative, nit picking reviews.  Not so this far.
Personally I am not at all interested in one.  Just not the bike I aspire to - the point I am trying to make is I am no BMW fan.
 

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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #43 on: February 23, 2008, 09:43:04 pm »
Thanks for the write-up and the link Top Box!

There is no comparison regarding aftersale service by BMW and KTM. BMW wins hands down! But eish....

I've ridden everything BMW had to offer, and man, when I wind that Katooms ear, I get a smile that not even a BMW salesman can offer! ;D ;D ;D
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #44 on: February 23, 2008, 09:43:48 pm »
Looks good
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #45 on: February 23, 2008, 10:54:56 pm »
I wonder how much influance (maybe a strong word) consideration was given to touratech and all their overpriced farkles when designing this bike. (seeing that somethings missing)

Yet another bike for the european market?

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why have the world launch in SA...the best DS county??

 

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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #46 on: February 24, 2008, 07:05:37 pm »
ai ai Jacko, the life of a motoring jounalist in SA..........it must be hel!
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #47 on: February 24, 2008, 08:26:47 pm »
Looks good
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #48 on: February 24, 2008, 08:55:28 pm »
Must be honest,if that speculation is correct about the 800GS price (R97000) ill rather buy and go for the Katoom 990 hands down,at least you get a better looking bike IMO ;) ;)
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #49 on: February 24, 2008, 08:58:01 pm »
Dont know if you realized it, but our friend Marco Polo has left the forum.....   :'( :'(

What an unexpected bonus from this thread.

Hey guy's Mark is no troll, I know him personally and is a friend of mine... this is really sad stuff don't just hit on people we all have a right to give our opinions on subjects, this really sucks. :dontknow:
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #50 on: February 25, 2008, 08:25:13 am »
Dont know if you realized it, but our friend Marco Polo has left the forum.....   :'( :'(

What an unexpected bonus from this thread.

Hey guy's Mark is no troll, I know him personally and is a friend of mine... this is really sad stuff don't just hit on people we all have a right to give our opinions on subjects, this really sucks. :dontknow:



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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #51 on: February 25, 2008, 09:17:10 am »
an interesting write-up

http://www.thinkbike.co.za/talk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=16785&highlight=&sid=4c1975e35dd40b5d2258128e68bec015

Interesting Quote from that article:
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Even some 950/990 riders might want to migrate because of the lower weight and better off-road capability, which is what might have attracted them to the orange marque initially

I doubt that the 800GS has better off-road capability than the KTM950/990...
Simple things like the Suspension travel, ground clearance and lack of protection for the engine of the 800 would be factors IMO.

Also the price of the BMW 800 is misleading as there is some extra bits that are going to have to be bought from Touratech (estimate of R20,000 of stuff) before the bike is ready for some off-road. The oil cooler is just waiting for a stone to break it and the sump protection is about as good as the 1200GS??

Just my 2 Cents
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #52 on: February 25, 2008, 09:20:22 am »
Remember if you write an article from a BMW standpoint you compare to other BMW's.
He means better than the 1200, blinkers are strong in this one.
 

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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #53 on: February 25, 2008, 09:37:40 am »
Nice comparative write-up, but I agree with Fun - there is no way that the 800 GS is better than the 950/990 off road, for obvious reasons like ground clearance, suspension travel, suspension set-up, protection, etc.

I just wonder why 'ol Tazzman did not post his report here?  Is the new Beemers aimed at the tar orientated market?  >:D  >:D  >:D

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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #54 on: February 25, 2008, 10:03:26 am »
an interesting write-up

http://www.thinkbike.co.za/talk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=16785&highlight=&sid=4c1975e35dd40b5d2258128e68bec015

Interesting Quote from that article:
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Even some 950/990 riders might want to migrate because of the lower weight and better off-road capability, which is what might have attracted them to the orange marque initially

I doubt that the 800GS has better off-road capability than the KTM950/990...
Simple things like the Suspension travel, ground clearance and lack of protection for the engine of the 800 would be factors IMO.

Also the price of the BMW 800 is misleading as there is some extra bits that are going to have to be bought from Touratech (estimate of R20,000 of stuff) before the bike is ready for some off-road. The oil cooler is just waiting for a stone to break it and the sump protection is about as good as the 1200GS??

Just my 2 Cents

Your point taken. However it might just be the interpretation of what was written.
First time I read that line I didn't read into it that he meant that the 800GS has better offroad ability than the KTM.

I thought he meant that the 800GS offers better off-road capability than what any other GS has offered before.


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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #55 on: February 25, 2008, 10:06:54 am »
I read it different to you... OPINIONS!! ;D ???
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #56 on: February 25, 2008, 10:12:20 am »
Quote from: Tazzman
Even some 950/990 riders might want to migrate because of the lower weight and better off-road capability, which is what might have attracted them to the orange marque initially.

seems pretty clear to me. He is saying the 800GS is better off-road than a 950/990. Since I have not ridden the 800GS and he has, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt
 

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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #57 on: February 25, 2008, 10:23:43 am »
Quote from: Tazzman
Even some 950/990 riders might want to migrate because of the lower weight and better off-road capability, which is what might have attracted them to the orange marque initially.

seems pretty clear to me. He is saying the 800GS is better off-road than a 950/990. Since I have not ridden the 800GS and he has, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt

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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #58 on: February 25, 2008, 10:25:36 am »
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Re: 800GS - launch report
« Reply #59 on: February 25, 2008, 11:02:38 am »
didn't get much sleep last night

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