Hi, new member just joining.
About 3 years ago I fell in love after a test ride of a 1200GS. On the test ride from Cliff's BMW in CT I came off a dirt road and a police officer with his sights set on a speeding car came out of his hiding place right in front of me! I grabbed a handful of brake and had my right foot to the ground! The 1200 ABS came on and I stopped with no drama, just straight and smooth! Well, I was one happy guy, since I did not have to take a wrecked demo bike back to the dealer, and from that day on I knew I needed to own that bike. But, being a cheapo, I was just not going to poney up the $18K to get it. Alas, 3 years later BMW had the crazy idea to bring this amazing F800GS to the party. I took one for a ride, and bought it on the spot! I got my ABS and all the cases for less than $14K!
And yes I have been riding the u know what out of it! This thing is so much fun! Great highway manners, flickable in the twisties, and it's pretty good in the dirt too! (yes it really needs knobbies, got stuck a couple of times with the stock rubber, and a lower first gear, I've stalled this bike more in two weeks than I have stalled all my bikes combined in 30 years, in fact, I don't think I've stalled a bike since I was 14) but it is still a blast! I'll get the hang of that tall first gear yet!
This is my first BMW and I have to tell you, it lives up to the hype. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all, and meeting some folks in NY to ride with.