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    New BMW Owner, Ontario, Canada

    I recently joined BMWMOA.

    I have been riding for 18 years, I just picked up my new F700GS on Sept. 22nd.

    It is the end of the season, here, but I am REALLY looking forward to the next season

    My last two bikes were;

    2006 to 2010; Yamaha FJR1300

    2010 to 2013 (Sept. 22 ) Victory Vision 8 Ball

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    Welcome to the family Glen. We are glad to have you here.

    Nice intro post. We would love to see some pics of that new ride!
    Ride Well

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    I have to head out soon, but will try later. I am new to this forum so I don't know how challenging posting pictures is, we will find out

    If I am successful, the unsightly thing beside the F700GS would be me :
    Last edited by glenb; 11-12-2013 at 02:05 AM.

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    Welcome Glen,
    Where is ON? It is getting a bit chilly here, so we are looking forward to the pic of your bike to cheer us all up.

    Holly

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    As far as location goes, I am in Fort Erie.

    Here are some pictures.

    1.) Getting ready to leave Wolf BMW, about 1:30PM, Sept. 22, 5 degrees C (I said I thought I was pulling a face in this one, but I am told its my normal face : )

    2.) Stop for a quick lunch at Tim's along Vetran's Memorial Pkwy

    3.) Hwy 19, south of Ingersol on the way home

    700 at Wolf 500 size.jpg700 at Tims 500 size.jpg700 Homebound 500 size.jpg

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    Thanks for the pics. Nice ride!
    Ride Well

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    Welcome to the Forum, Glen!

    Be certain to check out the Niagara BMW Riders, the Toronto BMW Group, The Loonie-Tics of Trenton and of course, London's Forest City Motorrad Club. London hosts a rally every Victoria Weekend and Trenton hosts one every mid-August.
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    Thanks, my wife and I (she has a 2012 F650GS) attended our first Niagara BMW Riders breakfast last weekend, it won't be our last, for sure

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    Nice ride!!

    Greetings from Espanola Ontario
    Great choice of dealership. I have been dealing with WOLF for quite a few years now and I have always been happy with their service.
    Great people to deal with. I am sure you will be very happy with our new ride. Welcome to the GS world.
    Happy trails "........rob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROBERTSI View Post
    Greetings from Espanola Ontario
    Thanks!

    All the way from Espanola, makes my 2 and a bit hour trip to Wolf from here seem trivial Its a nice run from here, up the secondary highways.

    I am familiar with Espanola, from 1970 to 1994 I used to go up to that area to hunt grouse along the Massey Tote Road.

    We have been very pleased with Wolf, too.

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    That's quite the transition from the Vision to the F800. The F800s are all very capable light weight bikes. Enjoy your travels!
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    Actually, an F700GS

    The decision to make the radical change in bikes was made after a lot of deliberation, I knew I was going to something 300 pounds lighter, with half the engine displacement.

    My Vision was an 8 Ball version, which means lowered suspension which means it is stiffer, resulting in the rider feeling more road vibration.

    The smaller F700GS provides me with; better ride, better handling, more acceleration, higher "fun factor"

    Most things are easier to get at for maintenance/cleaning, the center stand is appreciated

    Everything on the BWM works smoother and feels more refined, to me.

    The luggage capacity is similar, range is similar

    I really am looking forward to riding, next season

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    Always glad to welcome another Canadian to the MOA. Any plans to venture off the asphalt now that you have a GS? It's one of the best things about any GS is being able to go places you wouldn't dare go on many other bikes.

    FYI, the earlier reference to the F800 was regarding the actual engine size of 798cc despite the bike's naming as F700GS. It's a common point of confusion and debate in BMW circles since the introduction of the F650GS twin (which is also has a 798cc engine). Get used to explaining it, you'll see it and hear it plenty But you won't care when you're out riding and enjoying it.
    Ed Miller, Calgary, AB
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    I can't wait to retire and have a fixed income. The one I have now is always broke.

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    No off road for me, I bought the F700GS for its excellent street and Hwy characteristics.

    Quote Originally Posted by mcmxcivrs View Post
    It's a common point of confusion and debate in BMW circles since the introduction of the F650GS twin (which is also has a 798cc engine). Get used to explaining it, you'll see it and hear it plenty
    Yes, that discussion will come up around here, since my wife bought a very low mileage F650GS twin, this fall.

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    BMW dealerships are rare up here

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen B View Post
    Thanks!

    All the way from Espanola, makes my 2 and a bit hour trip to Wolf from here seem trivial Its a nice run from here, up the secondary highways.

    I am familiar with Espanola, from 1970 to 1994 I used to go up to that area to hunt grouse along the Massey Tote Road.

    We have been very pleased with Wolf, too.
    Yep, the nearest dealer is 5 hrs from here in Newmarket, but I prefer to take the ferry from Manitoulin to tobermory and get to wolf and take a few extra days and make it a small 4 day tour. I am planning to go up the Tote Road on an ADV ride this coming summer.
    Happy trails .....rob.

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