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    F850GSA - Second one sold in Idaho

    I took delivery of the second GSA sold in Idaho, the first one went to a local motorcycle tour operator. I had rented and ridden his F850GS in October and had planned to purchase that model but found out my dealer also had a GSA on the floor and went to take a look at it. 80% of my riding is on Idaho Forest service roads, so engine guards, skid plates and such are standard on my bikes. The GSA had those as standard, a much better wind screen and a bigger gas tank. I am 6'4" so had the dealer raise the handle bars and install the Rallye seat vs the comfort seat which was standard. I also had them install 50/50 tires, which work better on Idaho back country roads. I went with Mosko Moto soft bags instead of hard boxes.
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    I have 300 miles on the bike taking advantage of some 40 degree weather between snow storms and find the bike when moving feels lighter than the 2007 F650GS that I put 40,000 miles on over the last 12 years. The engine is amazing and the handling is very predictable. The wind screen is much better than the GS and provides a quite bubble even at highway speeds.
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    Great report on the new model.......Good luck with it.
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    Nice, I'm on the fence trying to decide between an F850GSA or the R1250GSA for my retirement riding.
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    Try the F850GSA before you sign a check - for either bike

    You get 95% of an R12xx GS bike for 5K or more less money. They have most of the bells and whistles and handle better off road. Lance Gains owner of Into the Horizons Motorcycle tours https://www.intothehorizonadventuremotorcycletours.com/ and ride any of the GS bikes anytime he wants, but his first choice right now are the F850's because they handle so well and are just so much fun.

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    Cool Update on the F850 GSA

    I have a bit over 800 miles in the saddle and here are some of my observations. When not moving the bike is harder to move around then my F650 was, but that is expected as it is heavier and bigger than the other bike. But when moving it is more agile and easier to handle. The bike is easy to handle on dirt and gravel roads, and a pure joy on two lane twisty. I also am very happy with the Metzeler Karoo 3 tires. They are better than OK on the road, and like tractor tires when the going gets soft or slick. Now we just have to see what sort of mileage I get before i have to replace them. I did a 150 mile loop the other day from Boise, to Idaho City, Lowman, Banks, then back to Boise. This route twists from 2400 feet to 6285 at it's highest point, and was wet, slushy at times and had debris from avalanches to make things interesting. At no time did I every feel the bike become squirmy or unsettled, a pure joy to ride.Bike-Snow.jpg

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    May Road Trip - Idaho River Canyons

    The Trip:
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    May 13-15, 2019 Solo motorcycle trip, 750 mile loop encompassing six national forest, through amazing river canyons along some of Idaho premier rivers. Utilizing a number of Idaho Scenic Byway, the trip traveled through some of Idaho most amazing country.

    Day one started on the Payette River Scenic byway to New Meadows traveling through the North Fork of the Payette River canyon, then down the Little Salmon River canyon to Riggins. After lunch, a quick side trip to view the Seven Devils wilderness. The route was blocked with snow so I didn't make the vantage point I had been hoping for. The day ended at the town of Orofino on the Clearwater River.

    Day two started heading east on the Northwest Passage Scenic byway along the Clearwater and Lochsa Rivers. This route is famous as the trail Louis & Clark took crossing the Bitterroot mountains. Lots of interesting history in this area, and world class river running. After crossing Lolo Pass, the route entered Montana and headed south in the Bitterroot Valley along the Bitterroot river. I then crossed another pass and was back in Idaho stopping for the Night at the town of Salmon, on the Salmon River.

    Day three followed the Salmon River Scenic byway to the town of Stanley and the Sawtooth mountains. The clouds were just off the basin floor and I rode through fog and rain from Sunbeam to Grandjene. The last section of the trip was heading west on the Sawtooth Scenic byway along the South Fork of the Payette river back to Horseshoe Bend and Home.

    Pictures of Trip: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oJ4BCGtUsEpjfMGR7 InReach Track: https://us0-share.inreach.garmin.com/BCHISB

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    Long Time Ago

    RW,

    Help me with my memory please.

    Last time through there, about 25/30 years ago or so on a Harley, I have a recollection Lowman had burned to the ground. Was it Lowman or some other "town", batch of buildings? Was there a place called Boardman? I had left Boise on 21 and dropped into Stanley and at the bottom of a hill was a devastated area before I got to Stanley. As my foggy memory tells me.

    Best part was camping and catching dinner on the Salmon. Then South and grabbed a dirt road for like 40 miles towards 93 and down and around to West Yellowstone. Rode alone in those days because buddies would not ride dressers on dirt or do water crossings. (No sense of adventure those folks)

    Those were the daze.... Young and ?????.......

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    Lowman was correct

    That area has burned at least three times since you rode through there, over the last 15 years we have been in a general drought and have had major wild fires in the Boise National Forest, Sawtooth National Forest and Wilderness and in the Frank Church Wilderness. Idaho is still a great place to ride especially if you enjoy forest service roads. In the summer I do volunteer work with public land agencies (USFS & BLM) mostly, doing sawyer certifications, packing support & public lands trail maintenance with a service organization called "Back Country Horsemen of Idaho" I spend a lot of time on horse back in areas that have burned restoring the trails. See Https://sbbchidaho.org // Had an F650GS for 11 years, loved that bike, but this F850GSA is light year better all around. Pictures are of a Honda Trail 90 that fell out of a helicopter about 15 year ago we packed out, the other is of my pack string working in the Bolder-White Cloud Wilderness
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwadamsidaho View Post
    The Trip:
    Lolo Pass.JPG
    May 13-15, 2019 Solo motorcycle trip, 750 mile loop encompassing six national forest, through amazing river canyons along some of Idaho premier rivers. Utilizing a number of Idaho Scenic Byway, the trip traveled through some of Idaho most amazing country.

    Day one started on the Payette River Scenic byway to New Meadows traveling through the North Fork of the Payette River canyon, then down the Little Salmon River canyon to Riggins. After lunch, a quick side trip to view the Seven Devils wilderness. The route was blocked with snow so I didn't make the vantage point I had been hoping for. The day ended at the town of Orofino on the Clearwater River.

    Day two started heading east on the Northwest Passage Scenic byway along the Clearwater and Lochsa Rivers. This route is famous as the trail Louis & Clark took crossing the Bitterroot mountains. Lots of interesting history in this area, and world class river running. After crossing Lolo Pass, the route entered Montana and headed south in the Bitterroot Valley along the Bitterroot river. I then crossed another pass and was back in Idaho stopping for the Night at the town of Salmon, on the Salmon River.

    Day three followed the Salmon River Scenic byway to the town of Stanley and the Sawtooth mountains. The clouds were just off the basin floor and I rode through fog and rain from Sunbeam to Grandjene. The last section of the trip was heading west on the Sawtooth Scenic byway along the South Fork of the Payette river back to Horseshoe Bend and Home.

    Pictures of Trip: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oJ4BCGtUsEpjfMGR7 InReach Track: https://us0-share.inreach.garmin.com/BCHISB
    This is an FANTASTIC post. Love the pics. Many thanks, Allan

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    Great pics and report. Its especially good to hear about real world tire and bike experiences as well as great destinations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allans View Post
    This is an FANTASTIC post. Love the pics. Many thanks, Allan
    Welcome to the forum Allen.
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    F850GSA vs R1250GSA?

    Quote Originally Posted by mcmxcivrs View Post
    Nice, I'm on the fence trying to decide between an F850GSA or the R1250GSA for my retirement riding.
    Hi
    Just noticing your post and location ( Calgary) ( I'm in Invermere BC) and curious what you eventually bought?
    I have a 2016 R1200GSA, which I like but recently acquired a 2019 F850GS.....which I love!
    The 850 is noticeably lighter, slightly lower ( Im 56 and have to tip toe on my 1200GSA...even with lowered suspension and a low seat), and much easier low speed handling. Over 50% of my riding is gravel or dirt and I much prefer the 850GS for this type of riding. After adding a larger than stock windshield, the 850GS is also a pleasure on the highway ( although the R1200GSA is definitely a better/ more comfortable highway cruiser.
    So....in conclusion: test ride both your choices , on the type of terrain you'll do most of your riding on.

    PS: will continue to ride both for the balance of our riding season....and then likely sell the R1200GSA!

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    what wind shield did get for your F850GSA

    The stock one is ok, unless there are a lot of bugs, then the wind stream sends them all into my face plate. Looking for a good aftermarket that is around 19 inches VS the 15 of the one that came with it. I agree with your assessment of the F850GSA on gravel being very forgiving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bshaunessy View Post
    Hi
    Just noticing your post and location ( Calgary) ( I'm in Invermere BC) and curious what you eventually bought?
    I have a 2016 R1200GSA, which I like but recently acquired a 2019 F850GS.....which I love!
    The 850 is noticeably lighter, slightly lower ( I’m 5’6” and have to tip toe on my 1200GSA...even with lowered suspension and a low seat), and much easier low speed handling. Over 50% of my riding is gravel or dirt and I much prefer the 850GS for this type of riding. After adding a larger than stock windshield, the 850GS is also a pleasure on the highway ( although the R1200GSA is definitely a better/ more comfortable highway cruiser.
    So....in conclusion: test ride both your choices , on the type of terrain you'll do most of your riding on.

    PS: will continue to ride both for the balance of our riding season....and then likely sell the R1200GSA!
    I went for the F850GSA Rallye. I never did test ride the 1250, I made my decision based on a lot of other factors and am quite sure I got it right.

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    I've been working on a additions and accessories, a taller windscreen is coming. I've not had much opportunity yet to do much gravel, but am quite impressed with it so far overall.

    I will be out in BC in August for the rally in Nakusp, look for me if you happen to find your way there.
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    Bike looks sharp.
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