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I notice that there is no one with 100.000 or more on the BMW F800GS (at least not on the web) Mine has 40.000 now and i'm planning to do Alaska-Argentina with it. Shouldn't be a problem. But i'm wondering if there are people who just keep driving them above the 100.000?


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Do not know if you are talking miles or Kms, but i am on 110,000kms now and only still in Peru with a lot more of the world to go so i will keep going.

There will always be issues but thats part of the travel, nothing is a problem if you need to replace things then just do that and keep going.
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No BMW is known for breaking down much earlyer then Japanese bikes: http://nomi-beto-adventures.blogspot...stoppable.html

Way more intelligent would be to sell it and buy a more reliable Honda for half the price and use the rest for petrol.

Even more intelligent would be not to ship a bike around the globe but to buy/sell the same bike as the locals ride in South America (all parts are easy to get and you dont look like money on legs) and to rent in the different countrys of Asia for just 4 Dollars per day. To ride your own bike only makes sence in Africa: Adventure experience - motorcycle trip riding across Africa
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Do not know if you are talking miles or Kms, but i am on 110,000kms now and only still in Peru with a lot more of the world to go so i will keep going.

There will always be issues but thats part of the travel, nothing is a problem if you need to replace things then just do that and keep going.
So your F800GS has not needed any service or parts on your S. America trip so far? As noted, we hear all sorts of stories on the internet ... but quite a few F800 riders here locally in San Francisco Bay Area have not had trouble free ownership experience.

Some daily commuter type riders have done well however with only minimal servicing or repairs.

I know personally some BMW dealer mechanics, service writers and dealer owners ... so we hear of these experiences as well ... not all good news for Bmw or owners.

But apparently BMW have fixed ... or attempted to fix ... many of the F800 issues in the last few years. Better late than never I guess.
Best news concerns BMW's liberal warranty policy, fixing some "out of warranty" bikes for free.
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Mine is a 2008 model and yes there has been issues along the way, but I see that as part of my travel.

I already had the bike in the UK before setting off and decided to take what I already owned rather than purchase something else.

It seemed odd to leave a bike in a garage and not return to it for a considerable time, so now after 21 months away it for me was a good idea.

When things go wrong it gets me out looking for solutions and therefore meet many helpful people and enjoy the problem solving that goes with it.

I have been invited many times into others life's while they assist as best they can.

Just recently in Peru at the BMW Motorad I had one coil stick not fully functioning with no parts available, a used part was sourced by staff and after 3 hours working on my bike there was no charge accept for the part from and outside source, so well done to them just to keep me going.

Great

But I also understand that others are fed up with what they say is constant repairs, I cannot comment on their feelings.

I like my bike and just keep it going, to me seems cheaper and more Eco rather than buying a new bike and lose my bond and long time companion.

Nothing goes forever without maintenance including me.........
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But I also understand that others are fed up with what they say is constant repairs, I cannot comment on their feelings.
Why should you do all the repairs again and again if one could just buy a Japanese Bike for halt the price of a BMW at the first hand and just ride it without all those problems?


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Just recently in Peru at the BMW Motorad I had one coil stick not fully functioning with no parts available
Guess why people rather buy cheap local bikes in Southa America insted of shiping not reliably bikes around the globe?
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It will need headbearings i bet. They're awful on these. The wheel rims are awful too. Very soft. And never fit a BMW branded chain and sprocket as they're awful too. Ring sensor and ignition switch are another weakness.

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I think that all of this, including the reason to travel, give up work, time, spend save and go to places new, is a very personal choice.

This too applies to the different bikes we ride, clothing and accessorises and then the wealth of tinkering we/most do to make the ride even more personal.

For me its the freedom and that goes with my own choices and look at others for guidance but not to follow.

There are many ways to go and there are better machines for different terrains but I do not think there is a "best" one.

I just like my ride and am enjoying it, I would not suggest to anyone to do it my way.

Its your journey

As said in my earlier post the problems I have encountered on my way has brought me new horizons and have never worried about them,

BUT THAT'S JUST ME

What ever you ride still takes you away somewhere and not stuck doing something you dislike.

Enjoy the ride and be safe.
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