The best motorcycle

Inspired by CycleRob, this section is devoted to all flavors of the F800.

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The best motorcycle

Postby lcarlson » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:42 pm

Most of these boards are so moribund, I hesitated to post something new, but WTH.

It’s been many years since I’ve owned a middleweight motorcycle, as I always thought I needed “more”. But in early June, a friend and I rented bikes for a week-long tour in Northern California. I chose an F700GS, a machine that I figured would be fine for a rental, but which I’d never considered buying. A modestly powered parallel twin with chain final drive? Meh. Well, after close to 1000 miles on all sorts of roads, from construction zones to the freeways and everything in between, my eyes had been opened. I thought, “this is probably the best all-around motorcycle I’ve ever ridden.” I bought a new one as soon as I got home, and every ride since reinforces my conclusion.

It’s far from the highest performance bike I’ve owned, but it does everything I need it to do, superbly. It’s effortless to ride, and everything just plain works together. Somehow, BMW made this one more than the sum of its parts. That rental was serendipity.
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Re: The best motorcycle

Postby Buckster » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:26 am

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Re: The best motorcycle

Postby sjbmw » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:58 am


The F700GS low suspension model is on my shortlist for a new bike.
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Re: The best motorcycle

Postby airhead_irl » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:37 am

A very underrated bike from what I'm reading. They have a slightly de-tuned 800 cc motor, right ?

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