Motorcycles I Have Ridden Part XII

# 506 to  #509  (and that’s all – for now)

David Preston:                                          Motorcycles Ridden Log

As of January 1st 2014:                                   8 owned   497 tested  Total:  505

#506   2014 BMW F 800ST           Ride West demo

  • White is not my favorite color, but suits the bike well
  • Too polite and civilized for me
  • Exhaust like a vacuum cleaner
  • Belt drive is nice
  • Good weather protection for a smaller sport tourer
  • 46 miles when I left with it – 147 when I returned
  • Adequate power –  but that is not enough
  • Excellent brakes and handling
  • ESA is nice, and I set it to “Sport” (firm) immediately
  • Usual ample info from BMW gauges
  • Under seat fuel tank would be nice on trips with a tank bag
  • Probably the bike I should be riding!  (with an accessory exhaust)

#507   2014 BMW F 800 GS         Ride West demo

  • Lovely maroon
  • Such a simple and easy bike to ride
  • Wish it had a belt instead of a chain
  • Probably the bike  (or the F 800 ST) I SHOULD be owning/riding, with all due respect to the Speed Triple

#508   2014 BMW R 1200 RT       Ride West demo

  • Massive changes from 2013
  • New engine has more power and more leg room
  • Adopted lots of tech from the K 1600 GT
  • Could not get comfy with the adjustments during my ride
  • Windshield made too much noise in all positions except totally up
  • In upper reaches, brings cold air to the shoulders and back
  • Seemed too tall to me – sitting on it rather than in it
  • Infinitely better, perhaps, but I did not like it much at all

#509   2012 BMW G 650 GS         Ride West MSF bike

  • If you have to have a BMW at the lowest cost
  • Practical in an extremely limited range of uses
  • Singe cylinder engine struggles at any speed over 50 mph
  • Gear change actually hurt my foot
  • Nimble for sure, and good brakes, but not very impressive at all
  • Pretty much a POS, sorry to say.



About david

I am a 73 year old motorsports nut who lives in Snohomish, Washington. After a 31 year career as an English teacher, I segued into a self-created job in the motorsports business. Now retired, I was involved in customer relations for Ride West BMW in Seattle, after almost 10 years of similar work for the Cycle Barn MotorSports Group. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Rocket 3 (2020) and a 2016 Ford Focus ST. What else would you like to know?
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