At the request of the site who has the original post they have asked I link the rest of the story from this blog…so, if you want to read all about the top 10 bikes please head on over to ADV Pulse
to read it all. Thanks. Leslie
I love finding articles that deal with real life challenges for those of us who want to ride an ADV bike so badly but have been cursed with being vertically challenged. This article was sent to me by a FB page reader from ADV Pulse
ADV bikes as I have said before can be the right bike for you despite seat height. I am proof…5′ almost 5″ and an inseam of 30.5. Plus, I am a grrl, I have thighs that push my legs out even further than a guy while sitting on the seat making the ground that much further on my F8. But you want to know the truth? I was intimidated buying a regular height BMW F800 at first. But now over 11,000 KM’s later I would have regretted getting the low suspension because I am a confident, not cocky rider who can ride my bike safely and with ease. I am mindful as to where I park more so but in the end I have absolutely NO issues with the seat height. So, lesson? There is an ADV bike out there for you….don’t under estimate you riding abilities as well don’t over-estimate them as well.
Know you will get used to not being flat-footed, you will adjust your riding habits to the bike you ride. Enjoy the search….and I think articles like this sure will hit home for some of you….at least you can see there are a few ADV/DS bikes out there that might make you feel comfortable enough to buy.
Trying to find an Adventure Motorcycle with a reasonable seat height can be a frustrating experience. Adventure Bikes are some of the tallest motorcycles in existence. Their long-travel suspension smooths out the bumps off-road, but it also gives them a tall seat that makes it hard to touch both feet on the ground.
I was at my dealer the other day and speaking with Sheldon, the informative and more than a sales guy we buy our ADV bikes from…and he was telling more about his father who bought the F800 ADV model. Sheldon tells me and I have heard this from other owners, that the ADV F8 is certainly worth the extra coin. If Cheryl and I were going to buy again, and if this version was out we would have bought it over the standard GS. Why? The extra’s BMW have added to this bike as well as the larger tank seem to actually work…such as the almost upright touring shield. I hear that it actually works for many riders of all sizes and has a great mounting location for your GPS. Continue reading
I wish I could be in this run….Welcome to Canada 2014! I need to find a way to get involved….
Thursday, 29 November 2012 12:46 Paul Guillien and Staff
I really like how Paul describes this bike of ours. I agree with everything he says and although we have not taken this bike off road yet I know we agree with his assessment as well. When he states the bike has a lean look that is one thing we LOVE about the BMW.
I should and probably will review the BMW 650, Triumph Tiger 800XC and compare it to the new BMW F800.
Paul Guillien, Touratech-USA’s General Manager, shares his thoughts on BMW’s updated mid-weight adventure bike, the 2013 F800GS. Continue reading
More eagles today at Harrison Mills, BC. More dead salmon, got to ride my bike for fun…some sun, some rain but in the end a good day and great day to turn the heat on. Thanks to my heated liner and gloves!
Preview of my post coming up! Click the pics for higher resolution
BMW Unveils the F800GT
SWEET LOOKING SPORT TOURING BIKE!
It’s been a busy couple of months for BMW Motorrad. The Bavarian motorcycle manufacture has been unveiling many new models, such as the revamped line of GS motorcycles – the R1200GS, the F800GS and the all-new F700GS. Continue reading
Exciting day for Cheryl as she got the paperwork done on her new F800GS. Me, Leslie being conservative looks at our garage and thinks….”HOLY, we need to get rid of some bikes!” Have a look!
As usual all pics can be click for LARGER sizes.
Very hard to concentrate this week on work. We have a BIG garage sale coming up this weekend and we need to take some things off my bike, get it cleaned up and listed. Cheryl also wants to see if our Jesse Luggage Mounts fit on her 800. So far our BMW hand guards seem to NOT fit so we may have to modify them. Touratech are not ready for this bike yet regarding hand guards so something has changed. Continue reading
Our TRACK via SPOT Connect (CLICK the link to the left) so far this trip. July 9th – July 20th 2012. Tomorrow will be our last day of traveling for this 2012 KLIM Adventure! Not a pretty track but we covered some decent areas. Continue reading
Re-blogging my own post to just remind everyone we are taking off today for a couple of weeks. Blog will be update when we can and if you want you can take a look at our GPS track live as we figure out where we are going on this trip other than Rigby, ID.
On our trip will be using our SPOT Connect for tracking purposes. This is so useful for our friends and family to keep an eye on us while traveling and in way easy on us so we do not have to make phone calls. So, feel free as I say follow the bouncing ball and see where we are. From July 12-16 we will be camping out while attending the KLIM Adventure rally. The SPOT will not be activated at that time but before, July 9th and after see where we go because we have no idea where we are heading after KLIM.
See our other SPOT adventures here: SPOT PAGE
SPOT KLIM ADVENTURE TRIP and then WHO KNOWS LINK!
If at anytime the SPOT is not sending out our GPS coordinates please feel free to comment here. We do not always check to see if the SPOT is working. Thanks.
New for 2013, BMW has announced the changes to the 800GS and now the 700GS which will replace the 650GS twin. The “new” 700 still has an 800cc engine but more HP, 75. Is this enough of a change to sway potential Triumph 800XC and Roadie buyers?
Check out BMW FB page here for more pics
First up the 800GS and the changes. No different seat option which is what we were hoping for but seems they have made it so it can be lowered. I for one would not want to lower the 800 but I will need to sit on one to see how my short inseam would fit. New colours too.
Don’t get too excited…I am trying to learn iMovie 11 as well as this new Mac. We made the switch a week or so ago and I sux at editing no less learning iMovie which to me is way more advanced than Live Movie Maker on a PC. This is just for fun and the good part is that we actually got to go out for a fun ride today even though it was just to do chores.
There is something about this single that we both really like.
We were lucky enough to tag along recently for the launch of BMW’s new G650 GS Sertao, then head out for a ride through some of Australia’s most testing conditions. Tagging along were none other than Marco Melandri, BMW Motorad Team Director Bernhard Gobmeier and Aussie SBK champ Glenn Allerton
Cool video just showing how much fun this bike is out in Australia!