Hi Everyone, I'm new to the F Series bikes, as I have just pulled the plug on a new 2013 700 GS. Downgrading from an 02 K 1200RS, which was the best bike I've every owned, in terms of pure riding pleasure, but was getting too heavy for me to want to wrestle with on long trips..... So, after a lot of indecision, (and a test ride and a lot of sitting time in different bikes at GateWay BMW in St. Louis, I finally settled on the 700. My thoughts are that instead of just riding 6000 miles on hard surface, (as I did this summer going to the rally in Oregon) once I get there, I'd like to be able to do some sightseeing off the beaten path. And on top of that, I'd like to be ready for those stretches of road where the blacktop just disappears for 30 miles or so, with the Dukes of Hazard on my tail wondering why I can't run on the gravel like on the slab....:-)
So, I've thrown in the towel on high speed 120 mph stretches, and backing down to a more mundane 70 mph, but hope to spend a lot more time seeing the passing countryside, instead of it just being a blur.
Of course, since red is the fastest color, I just had to pick up one that is the fastest of the bunch, but will have to dream of keeping up with my beloved K-bike.
Anyway, Saturday can't come soon enough, even though it's supposed to be in the low 30's all day, so I'm hoping the dealership takes pity on me and allows a mechanic to install my pigtail to the battery for my heated gloves, otherwise, I'll be testing out the heated grips quickly to see if they're up to their reported effectiveness. The grips on my K-bike were never really much good below 30 degrees at 70 mph....:-(
So, if anyone has any advice on break-in information on this bike, I would sure appreciate the information.....