Right It seems I need to sell my BMW F800s
Those who have asked me about it will know that despite my initial reservations about the machine I've begrudgingly come to really quite like it and I had rather hoped not to sell it, but Im going away on my other bike and funds are needed!
What follows is a straight down the line TRC only version of whats on offer, the fluffy padded out evilbay/MCN account will follow for the general publics consumption.
So its a Belt Drive Parallel twin 800cc 'sports' bike, it's not an R6 or CBR, its actually much softer but more spacious than that, from experience I'd say its more sports tourer really and somewhere between an old Fazer and an all out supersports thing.
It gets nice reviews off the internets, it goes quite fast enough and its flame red which is far more edgy and grrrrr than simply red who frankly are not my type of band, the other colour this bike came in was sunset yellow which is frankly bleurgh to look at.
It was a lovingly cared for and serviced bike for the first half of its life, because back then it belonged to LadyB, however as I followed her back from its annual full service at a well liked independent bmw specialist some silly bint pulled out in front of her and so followed the kind of Girlfriend/Car/Bike interface that nobody would really enjoy seeing. But no bones were broken, the BMW at first looked completely rideable and a small wheel sized dent was left in the rear door of the offending Toyota.
Now Being an observant chap I took care of LadyB but noted to self that the engine wasn't running as the bike tipped over and the actual impact speed was very low indeed.
So after a very thorough going over by the same independent bmw bloke that did the service the bike got declared a Cat C, meaning that the cost to repair the vehicle exceeds the vehicle value but it does not have any serious chassis or body shell damage. I will happily show the engineers report from that time one year ago, it was stated that the pre accident value was £4150 and that replacement of all the parts affected plus labour would total £3588 plus VAT
So naturally I bought the salvage and put the bike back on the road using a combination of new and used parts.
since then the bikes been a dream, in fact it took me about 5 hours work to get it ready for an inspection and return to the queens highway, a fortnight later I rode it to the Eastern side of Poland and back and since then its given me a happy 20,000 very frugal miles
A few weeks ago the drive belt snapped at near its current mileage of 43,000, not bad for its original belt so I've replaced that with one from a 20,000 mile write off, I mention this because BMW suggest changing belts at 24,000 miles, experience and fellas from the internet say 40k is fine and used belts from cautious owners are £80 vs new ones at £260 (coincidentally this still works out cheaper than chain/sprockets, is quieter and requires less maintanence and no oiling)
There are a couple of small indications to its previous crash, a 3/4 hairline fracture in one panel (glued from behind) for example, I didn't see the sense in spending the cost of a new panel for something so trivial
the paint on the clutch cover started to flake off because its a BMW
so I think I've told you all the bad stuff if you are still reading heres the good stuff
It rides beautifully, the last 20,000 miles have been made up of mostly motorway work, ive ridden bikes with half the miles that weren't as good as this
This bike is insanely economical, it gets about 60mpg riding normally, above 50 when really scratching and on the Poland trip I got High 70's because I was riding slowly to save money
It has all the desirable extras in the form of BMW Heated Grips, the On board Computer showing miles left in tank, ambient temp, ave fuel consumption average speed, stopwatch/lap timers tripmeters, time, and gear indicator it also has a few neat tricks like telling you when a bulb has blown
also has ABS
I've just fitted new EBC Pads all round
The Steering head bearings were replaced last weekend
I've stripped and repainted the fork leg lowers and added extra lacquer coats just because
I've painted the clutch cover where it was flaking with etch primer and matching paint from RS paints, its a temporary thing but tidies it up and halts further corrosion until a new cover is found on ebay or you remove the cover and paint it properly (I'll give you the RS Paint)
engine bolts have all been swapped out for stainless
Tyres are Michelin Pilot Roads 3 Front and 2ct rear (great combo) good tread (rear was fitted a week ago)
fitted BMW alarm immobiliser
new OEM bmw silencer fitted a month ago
Oh and also as I've been relying on this bike to get me to work every day I change out the oil every 4000 miles using genuine bmw filter, every fastener I touch has the relevant copaslip or loctite applied and every electrical contact is packed with dialectric grease
she fires up without hesitation and also doesnt seem to use any oil between changes
The MOT is due in JULY tax in August, I'll happily get a new MOT sorted out before sale if you wish, but budget for the tax yourself :P
Realistic offers will be considered from serious parties, bike will be going in the classifieds at £2300 ono but I am not an unreasonable chap.
someone will be very happy with this bike, its ready for another 40,000 miles and I would personally ride it anywhere without concern tomorrow but as Im going on an off road adventure its being sold and the KTM is being kept for now
Oh Pictures PM your email addy and I'll sort out some hi res pics, these are both post crash pics though to whet your appetite