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BMW F800ST

Unread post by RockBottom » Sat May 22, 2010 9:02 pm

This is the motorcycle equivalent of a British or Italian sports car from the 1960s: it's an absolute joy when it runs. The operative word is "when." In less than two years of ownership, mine has spent over a month in the shop and piled up many thousands of dollars of warranty work. I cannot recommend it.
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Unread post by jstark47 » Sat May 22, 2010 9:40 pm

I be interested in knowing what's gone wrong with it. My wife has a '09 F650GS twin, which is basically the same engine.
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Unread post by HYPERR » Sat May 22, 2010 9:45 pm

jstark47 wrote:I be interested in knowing what's gone wrong with it. My wife has a '09 F650GS twin, which is basically the same engine.
+1

I would be interested to hear about it too as I have not heard much complaint about the reliability of this bike. :boat:
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Unread post by RockBottom » Sun May 23, 2010 7:25 am

jstark47 wrote:I be interested in knowing what's gone wrong with it. My wife has a '09 F650GS twin, which is basically the same engine.
For the last two weeks, it's been sitting in the shop waiting for a stator and generator to be shipped from Germany. Let's see if I can remember some of the other stuff: sudden battery death, leaking front fork seals, bad rear bearings, wobbly mirrors, clogged vacuum hoses, something in the security system.
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Re: BMW F800ST

Unread post by HYPERR » Mon May 24, 2010 7:42 pm

RockBottom wrote:
jstark47 wrote:I be interested in knowing what's gone wrong with it. My wife has a '09 F650GS twin, which is basically the same engine.
For the last two weeks, it's been sitting in the shop waiting for a stator and generator to be shipped from Germany. Let's see if I can remember some of the other stuff: sudden battery death, leaking front fork seals, bad rear bearings, wobbly mirrors, clogged vacuum hoses, something in the security system.
Wow sorry to hear that. :(

Has this turned you off to the BMW brand?
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Unread post by RockBottom » Mon May 24, 2010 7:54 pm

HYPERR wrote: Has this turned you off to the BMW brand?
I was so miffed that I went and looked at Harleys yesterday. Sat on one for a minute and knew there no way. When it comes to BMW, I think I have the equivalent of battered wife syndrome.

I would seriously look at Triumphs but the Triumph dealer is 30 miles away and the BMW dealer is 5. If I had a Triumph, every time I put it in the shop there would be 180 miles of driving between someone picking me up after I dropped it off, then taking me back when it was finished. The same with the Duck dealer which is also 30 miles away.
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Re: BMW F800ST

Unread post by HYPERR » Mon May 24, 2010 8:10 pm

RockBottom wrote:
HYPERR wrote: Has this turned you off to the BMW brand?
I was so miffed that I went and looked at Harleys yesterday. Sat on one for a minute and knew there no way. When it comes to BMW, I think I have the equivalent of battered wife syndrome.

I would seriously look at Triumphs but the Triumph dealer is 30 miles away and the BMW dealer is 5. If I had a Triumph, every time I put it in the shop there would be 180 miles of driving between someone picking me up after I dropped it off, then taking me back when it was finished. The same with the Duck dealer which is also 30 miles away.
There used to be a BMW dealer about 5 miles from my house and a Duc dealer abour 8 miles from my house but they both went out of business. :( The new Duc dealer and the BMW dealer is now the same franchisee and I think it's about 30 miles from my house. Not too bad as I do my own work anyways.

I've owned two BMWs(K75 & R150R) and they have both been extremely reliable. From what you have been hearing, is the lack of reliability of your F800 more the rule or the exception? Either way, I can totally understand how you can be totally turned off to the brand if the factory/dealer support is indifferent to your woes.

If all else fails, get a Honda. :mrgreen:
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Re: BMW F800ST

Unread post by RockBottom » Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:27 am

To continue this story, I'd reached a point where I just didn't trust the F800ST and was prepared to simply sell it and stop riding all together. But after a month of complaining, BMW of North America knocked $1800 of the price of an R1200R with a touring package, so I traded. I'll write a review comparing it to the F800ST when I get a chance.

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Re: BMW F800ST

Unread post by jstark47 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:20 pm

Sounds like a lot of the problems with the F800ST were electrical or electronics related. My wife just got a recall on her F650GS, but it's for the chain, one of the parts it doesn't share with the F800ST.

Belated congrats on your R1200R, rockbottom. It looks sweet. Friend of mine at work has an '04 (?) R1150R, she parked next to me today as a matter of fact. I sneaked a peek at her odometer: 4,900 miles. Bike's hardly broken in. She's happy with it, though.
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Unread post by RockBottom » Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:38 pm

jstark47 wrote:Sounds like a lot of the problems with the F800ST were electrical or electronics related. My wife just got a recall on her F650GS, but it's for the chain, one of the parts it doesn't share with the F800ST.

Belated congrats on your R1200R, rockbottom. It looks sweet. Friend of mine at work has an '04 (?) R1150R, she parked next to me today as a matter of fact. I sneaked a peek at her odometer: 4,900 miles. Bike's hardly broken in. She's happy with it, though.
I've been a bit slow on the miles-- I've had it 2 1/2 months and won't hit 8,000 until this coming weekend.
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Re: BMW F800ST

Unread post by jaskc78 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:36 pm

I'd be very interested in hearing about maintenance costs or any issues or oddities you've noticed with the R1200R. My friend owns a dealership in town and will be at an auction this Friday buying either the R1200R or one of the two Honda CB900's I found in the auction preview. Biggest concern with the BMW is the maintenance costs, but I'd really like to know if there's as bad as everyone seems to say or if it's mostly a carry-over from days long gone like the supposed reliability and leaking issues with HD bikes.
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