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    2019 F850GS Adventure

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    fast forward 8 months .... looks like a great fire road bike!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pillion View Post
    fast forward 8 months .... looks like a great fire road bike!!
    Is this Susan?
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    The new 750/850GS looks good, and it will probably be a decent bike, but IMHO it is grossly overpriced. Similar bikes with Chinese engines typically sell for about half the asking price of the new 750/850GS.

    I think BMW is set to make a lot of money on this model.
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    Iím curious on what the big (read noticeable) difference is over the F800GS? On Maxís site there has been a lot of talk about how big a deal the F800GS is/was
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    Nice pictures
    Looks like tubeless tires, thatís an improvement. Seat looks it needs a pad or two or three
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Nice pictures
    Looks like tubeless tires, thatís an improvement. Seat looks it needs a pad or two or three
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    The seat felt very hard but the shape was good.
    You never really know if a seat is good unless you do a couple long days in a row.
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    I rented an F800GS for almost three weeks in Eastern Europe in September and test-rode an F850GS a week ago, along with a back-to-back test ride on an R1200GS. My observations based upon those rides:

    Tubeless tires on the 850 are a plus, and electronics are better.
    Relocating the fuel tank made the 850 feel to me more top-heavy than the 800.
    The 850 seat is longer and much more comfortable.
    The 850 has a bit more oomph up high, gets buzzy at the same rpm range as the 800, and to me felt to have no more low speed torque than the 800.
    Physically, the 850 just feels like a bigger motorcycle, almost the same sizing as the R1200GS save for the width.
    At certain engine speeds I was surprised that the 1200 was much more buzzy through the seat than the 850, but the extra power was really nice for roadwork.

    All three bikes were great rides, I flogged the F800GS hard in Europeóthrough highway use, serious twisties, and broken one-lane paved roads, and it did everything I asked and never left me wanting. For me, if I were buying a bike tomorrow I could be happy with the F800 and some tweaks (like aftermarket saddle) and Iím betting there will be lots of low-mileage used ones starting to show up next spring and prices might trend downward a bit. If I were buying new, Iíd definitely take the 850 over the 800 just for the tubeless wheels and electronics. But if I were buying new, right now, Iíd spend the money for the 1200Ėitís not that much physically larger or heavier than the 850, has a lot more power, and is a proven item with an unlimited range of farkles immediately available. Swallow hard and write the check...

    My $0.02 and worth what you paid for it.
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