Happy 8GS 1st BDay.
[ Friday - February
19, 2010 ]
At long last, it's a year old in my hands. With only $1400 left
to the financing, it's piratically mine. This will finally be the
first real bike I own. All previous models were in various forms
of financing when I either exchanged or sold it.
So if you ask me, "Has it been worth the
effort to strip the R12R down to it's basic essentials and trading
it in for the 8GS? Is it all that you hoped for? Is there
anything to the 8GS that disappoints you?" Yes, the trade in was
more than worth the effort and pain regardless of the 12R's smoothness
and power. Yes, the 8GS is all that I had hoped for and
more. For my purposes I can't say that I'm disappointed.
Even when it comes to warranty work, Brown Motor Works and BMW NA has
been very good to me. As folks from the Brown service department
tells me, "The 8GS is one of the cheapest bikes to maintain in the BMW
line of bikes." Boy are they right. The 6K service is
nothing more than an oil change and fluid checks. The 12K service
is more substantial, but doesn't cost much. Approximately $350.
Of the 4 BMW bikes that I've owned...
Which is my favorite? Why it's the 8GS of course.
Why? Because of it's flexibility and forgiveness. It's
flexible in the sense that it's quite comfortable as an off road
machine. It's by no means a single track bike, but it doesn't
mind dirt at all. It's forgiving in that it's so well balanced
that it makes riding any terrain and condition that much more
effortless. The suspension travel also helps with all of those
well maintained 20 year old California roads on a long haul.
- F650GS (thumper)
For some reason, I had a suspicion that the 8GS is going to be the bike
that I will own. This was in my mind ever since BMW announced the
development of the F8GS several years back. Of course nobody was
sure whether the bike was going to be called F800GS or some other
It's definitely a keeper.
Written on: February 19, 2010
Last modified: February 19, 2010