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Offline lolgamlen

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Hi All coming from the BMW darkside
on: January 29, 2019, 01:40:49 PM
Hi all
Looking for a change back to Hondas best motor the v4 after a flirt with BM 1200gs. Anyone done the same?
Cheers
Laurence

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Re: Hi All coming from the BMW darkside
Reply #1 on: January 29, 2019, 05:54:01 PM
Hi Laurence, welcome to the site.

Have you bought a Crossrunner yet, tested one or are you still just considering the move?

I think you would miss the extra torque & power of the larger bike but there are very, very few owners of the VFR800X who are not very satisfied with their purchase.

I have test ridden a 1200GS when they first came out but I'm not a fan of BMW so cannot help you in that regard.

Please keep us updated with your progress.  :031:
98 VFR800 - 130,000 miles (sold)
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Re: Hi All coming from the BMW darkside
Reply #2 on: January 29, 2019, 06:04:41 PM
Thanks for the welcome. I’m looking at a couple tomorrow all being well, budget means going for a used one and a couple of Honda dealers in the area have a couple that could fit the bill. I have had 3 VFR800s in tne past and love the engine, but need the adventure style for comfort these days. Not looking for power, but want something that feels planted and has long legs. The BMW has been good but something about the viffer motor keeps bringing me back!

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Re: Hi All coming from the BMW darkside
Reply #3 on: January 30, 2019, 12:38:23 PM
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Re: Hi All coming from the BMW darkside
Reply #4 on: January 30, 2019, 05:25:08 PM
Hi Lolgamlen,

I came from a series of GSs to the VFRX in 2011 and never looked back. We had toured Europe for 8 years on BMs very successfully and just felt like a change. The X was just so slick and manageable by comparison and felt lighter although almost the same wet weight. Acceleration however was in a different league and the now practically stepless vtec means mid-range is always a pleasure. A few years ago I bought a BMW R1200RT SE just to scratch an old itch. Had it for 2 years, never toured, and was glad to part with the tank, too crude by half (sorry BM fans).
Since 2011 I have changed tyres, brake pads and last year both chain adjusters at 60K miles. Still on original chain and sprockets with Scottoiler, and suspension.
Don't worry they tour, scratch and potter just fine. I wouldn't try any off road though despite the X in the name.
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Re: Hi All coming from the BMW darkside
Reply #5 on: January 31, 2019, 12:00:55 AM
*Originally Posted by gatesy [+]
Hi Lolgamlen,

I came from a series of GSs to the VFRX in 2011 and never looked back. We had toured Europe for 8 years on BMs very successfully and just felt like a change. The X was just so slick and manageable by comparison and felt lighter although almost the same wet weight. Acceleration however was in a different league and the now practically stepless vtec means mid-range is always a pleasure. A few years ago I bought a BMW R1200RT SE just to scratch an old itch. Had it for 2 years, never toured, and was glad to part with the tank, too crude by half (sorry BM fans).
Since 2011 I have changed tyres, brake pads and last year both chain adjusters at 60K miles. Still on original chain and sprockets with Scottoiler, and suspension.
Don't worry they tour, scratch and potter just fine. I wouldn't try any off road though despite the X in the name.
Thanks for your response, that's what I wanted to hear. I have now put down a deposit on a 15 plate Xrunner. Really enjoyed the test ride. Loved the quick gearbox and all round responsiveness. The Beemer was good, but a bit of a tractor in comparison.
Cheers
Laurence

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Re: Hi All coming from the BMW darkside
Reply #6 on: January 31, 2019, 06:36:34 AM
*Originally Posted by lolgamlen [+]
The Beemer was good, but a bit of a tractor in comparison.


Can I quote you on that please?  :008: :047: :037: :031:
98 VFR800 - 130,000 miles (sold)
08 VFR800 - 76,000 miles (sold)
14 VFR1200 - 20,000 miles
15 VFR800X - 44,000 miles (sold)
18 VFR800X - 9,000 miles

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Re: Hi All coming from the BMW darkside
Reply #7 on: January 31, 2019, 07:04:19 AM
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And you made a good descision!
I had several beemers, but no gs's. 5 out of 6 had problems and needed repairs.
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Re: Hi All coming from the BMW darkside
Reply #8 on: January 31, 2019, 08:49:03 AM
Horses for course, if you never intend to go off road then the XR is a far better option from a riding & financial prospective. Good decision Sir  :047:

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Re: Hi All coming from the BMW darkside
Reply #9 on: January 31, 2019, 10:52:12 AM
Deed is done. If the weather allows I pick up my white 2015 XRunner with 5000 miles on the clock tomorrow. Checking out the accessories now, it could be a costly month...