I met my wife Alison, bought a house...grown up things! Life was good. I've tried hard to remember exactly which year I started to hanker after another bike...I do remember what triggered it tho'. We were Munro bagging, it was an appalling day so weren't on the hill. I bought a Bike magazine to read and pass the time. It had an article in it about the "Best Used Bikes". One of the bikes featured was a....
This image is mine,travelling light as always! Taken near Braemar just a couple of months after I'd walked past here on the TGOC
Bought from Penrith Motorcycles, I part exchanged the GS in the March 2014. I later heard the 1150gs had been bought by a collector! The BMW F800S was certainly different to the GS, it was a one owner machine in very good order full main dealer history and had 7000 mile on the clock. Powered by a silky smooth 800cc twin cylinder 4 stroke engine producing 86bhp, and extremely economical...indeed for the performance almost unbelievable. No shaft drive on this BMW though, it had a toothed belt final drive....silent and again smooth. Perhaps its most impressive feature were its front brakes though..a lightweight bike, twin 300mm discs with 4 piston Brembo calipers and ABS made for tarmac rippling stopping power.
The F800 family of bikes are greatly underated in my opinion. I probably bought the wrong model...I should have bought the ST version, with a more upright riding position. It would have suited my style of riding/exploring more, and would almost certainly still have owned it. I kept the F800S for 3 years and did 14000 miles. Almost all made up of long days out and several tours of Scotland.
Getting on a bit, the riding position not the best for these old bones in 2017 it was time for a change....
That post will be along soon and will bring us up to date, thank goodness I can hear you all say.
Once more thank you for reading, if you've made it this far.
Tek Care and Stay Safe.