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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-09-2008, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Bmw800s-verses-versys

The BMW is a higher priced bike this I know, but I have not
read a comparison of the two bikes. Has anyone rode a bmw800
yet. Ihave not. Does any one know of a shootout review some
where on the internet. I am currently leaning heavily toward the
Versys because of seat hight and handlebar comfort. I had to
drive about eighty miles today to find one to look at. I thought
it looked great and felt good to sit on, the bike was not serviced
and I did not get to ride it. of course the price is better on the
Versys more affordable for me.
If anyone has rode the 800 and would like to respond I would
love to hear or see your thoughts about these to fine bikes.
Thanks
I have read a review of the bmw800 somewhere but not a actual
comparison between the two bikes. how does the VERSYS stack
up. I am asking I have not rode a 800 yet.
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I test rode the BMW ST800, and it's a very nice bike. I just could not justify spending that much on a motorcycle AND the fuel tank is only 4.1 gallons. Plus, the fuel tank resides under the seat and there have been European reports of leaks caused by dents if the back wheel bottoms hard.

I do have to say, it was a very nice riding motorcycle. At about $9,000 on the road, I'd have one. No thanks at $12,000.

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If economics are a factor - skip the BMW. The initial purchase price is only the beginning of shelling out the cash. They'll have you bent over the desk at every service interval. Parts are expensive as well.
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I think regarding that particular make; the saying goes...

"The only thing cheap about a BMW is the owner"
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I also really like the 800ST. Other forums say it is a sweet ride but the foward lean can wear on your wrists and shoulders after some time.

A mechanic I know at a BMW/Triumph dealer said the new Tiger and the Beemers have high maintenance cost. He knew I was cheap in that regard and was just trying to steer my right.

The Versys does everything I want and is even MUCH better than I expected. With the high cost of gas getting higher and higher, we don't need expensive upkeep of a bike to add to it.

Viva the V!!
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I think regarding that particular make; the saying goes...

"The only thing cheap about a BMW is the owner"
The BMW dealers love that saying. I don't mind paying a fair price for equal trade. But, I think charging $140 dollars to change tires is too much. I just had my first service done at a Kawasaki dealership for $140 dollars. My friend in Chicago has the F800St - she bought it two weeks before I bought my Versys - she got charged $400 dollars for the first service. But, she also scratched up a side panel and was charged $600 dollars for a new one.

She loves the bike and thinks it's a great ride and an improvement over her SV650. But, that positive cash flow towards the dealership kind of taints the fun factor a lot.


I wouldn't mind owning a BMW but I don't like throwing cash out the window either. I'm having more fun at a lower cost on my Versys!
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Both the bmw 800s are nice, touring and sport version. They are way overpriced, plus with the extra options... It's way too much money!!! Might as well buy 2 Versys!

Overall, I think Versys is a much more reliable and cheaper bike to own.
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I really liked my BMW F650Cs and I thought maybe the F800 series would be a natural progression for my next bike. My F650Cs was built tough and it weighed the part as well. It was 50 lbs heavier than my Versys. But, the way I was treated at the dealership and the prices I was charge for work that was subpar - I just couldn't put my money down on a bike that would cost twice as much as an equivalent Japanese bike.

The old time riders always would tell me how BMW used to be. It sounded like a good time to own a BMW back in the 70's and 80's. Now, many of the Mom and Pop places are gone and most of the service is done at the dealerships. Where they just don't give a rip anymore - it's all about making money and selling a brand not a bike.
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