Happy Birthday Bike.

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Happy Birthday Bike.

Post by OnHellas » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:59 am

Happy birthday to my F800GS
We’ve been together for 9 years now. Since it was new....I was a bit secondhand by then.

Together we’ve covered 91,200 miles.
Ridden in 45 countries (inc England, Scotland and Wales)
34,000 of those miles it was pulling a sidecar too.

We’ve both had breakdowns. Well mine have been tantrums but the bike stopped in Spain, Canada and the U.K. Only the U.K. stoppage needed a recovery truck.

I really hope that we can make the 100,000 miles and add another country or two....New Zealand next all being well.

Thanks Bike, Happy Birthday.

A tank of 98 octane petrol to celebrate....NO CANDLES!!!!

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Re: Happy Birthday Bike.

Post by mark vb » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:57 pm

It will crack the 100k mile barrier if you want it to! And then aim for 200k!
Having once been a serial bike-changer, I now concur that there's little that's nicer than watching a once-new bike get old, well-used and looked-after. My XJR1300 (which of course you sold to me) is now nearly 20 yrs but still fairly youthful at only 40k miles! And the @ is getting to early middle-age at a paltry 100k km!
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Re: Happy Birthday Bike.

Post by OnHellas » Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:35 am

Cheers Mark

If I could count airmiles and sea miles it would be a fair bit higher....haha

200,000 miles would be good. I think that that would class as ‘wringing the value’ out of a bike!!

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Re: Happy Birthday Bike.

Post by Richard Simpson Mark II » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:04 am

Well done you...and the bike!

As a matter of interest...apart from scheduled servicing and the replacement of consumables (chain, brakes, tyres, etc), what has it needed in the way of replacement parts?


People seem very afraid of high-mile bikes, yet many of us happily drive cars well north of 100,000 miles.

All the best for the next 100,000!

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Re: Happy Birthday Bike.

Post by OnHellas » Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:02 am

Replacement parts needed so far.

EWS ring antenna. For the immobiliser key. I ended up waiting for a few days at a hotel in Spain some where. Got the part and did temporary installation.

Fuel pump. Bike would stop if less than 1/3 of a tank and ambient temperature of 36 degrees or more. Not a stopper. Replaced with used unit from MotoWorks.

Rear shock. Replaced at 86,000 miles. Sidecar use didn’t help its demise.

Rear brake disc at 86,000 miles

Stator. First one lasted about 43,000 miles. Replaced with secondhand one from MotorWorks. 10,000 miles later it went again.
Had a rewind done, went again in Canada.
Replaced with updated parts, including flywheel, from 2013 model onwards. That was at about 69,000 miles.

Heated grip. It wore out, replaced with secondhand part. MotorWorks again.

Fitted progressive front fork springs after The America’s trip at 86,000 miles.

That’s it.

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Re: Happy Birthday Bike.

Post by Richard Simpson Mark II » Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:07 pm

That's impressive!

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Re: Happy Birthday Bike.

Post by chunky butt » Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:28 pm

OnHellas wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:02 am
Replacement parts needed so far.

EWS ring antenna. For the immobiliser key. I ended up waiting for a few days at a hotel in Spain some where. Got the part and did temporary installation.

Fuel pump. Bike would stop if less than 1/3 of a tank and ambient temperature of 36 degrees or more. Not a stopper. Replaced with used unit from MotoWorks.

Rear shock. Replaced at 86,000 miles. Sidecar use didn’t help its demise.

Rear brake disc at 86,000 miles

Stator. First one lasted about 43,000 miles. Replaced with secondhand one from MotorWorks. 10,000 miles later it went again.
Had a rewind done, went again in Canada.
Replaced with updated parts, including flywheel, from 2013 model onwards. That was at about 69,000 miles.

Heated grip. It wore out, replaced with secondhand part. MotorWorks again.

Fitted progressive front fork springs after The America’s trip at 86,000 miles.

That’s it.
That's not bad at all, for 90,000. Hope you see the big hundred together, with out to many issues :D

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Re: Happy Birthday Bike.

Post by boboneleg » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:01 pm

Happy Birthday to your bike, pretty good going I reckon.
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Re: Happy Birthday Bike.

Post by Richard Simpson Mark II » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:44 pm

Looking at used prices, there seems to be a price gap between pre and post-13 model year bikes...

perhaps this is down to the alternator issue.

Out of interest, how much did the final upgrade to post 13 spec cost?

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Re: Happy Birthday Bike.

Post by Craig-SM » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:32 pm

Just a tank of premium petrol! You could have at least gently cleaned her down before getting her chain lubed up :shock:

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