Originally Posted by NickAdo
I realize that the F800 has had some problems lately
NO! Some early bikes had problems, as with all completely new machines, but the vast majority are fine. Mine is on 14000 miles, with nearly 12000 of those being done in Africa.
BMW have carried out recalls to the various things which have been identified, although my bike had never suffered from any of them.
To see how few threads there are about reliability, and how many about fitting extra crash bars / better seats! I did over 800 miles in a day on my Touratech seat, and almost 2000 miles in three days from the south of Morocco to the UK in just under three days. It is a brilliant bike and never missed a beat.
However! It is more complicated than a carb fed, old school bike like the DR650. If you are going well off the beaten track you might like to consider something with less gizmo's, as although modern they are very reliable, they are more likely to leave you stranded if they did fail.
When all's said and done, no-where in the world is so far away you can't get parts fed-ex'd to you, and part of the trip is meeting people anyway!
Personally I have faith and would take the 800.