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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by Arwen » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:45 pm

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Wonder if you could fit smaller wheels??
Gearing and Speedo would need attention but might be an option especially for winter you could have winter tyres and summer tyres.
Hmm... That's not a bad idea. Might have a good Google of that !
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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by fullscreenaging » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:10 pm

Or what about a ‘big’ scooter like the burgman 400 or 650. The Yamaha Xmax 400, or for me the Tmax, which is a 530. All low seat and from what you’ve said about bimbling around I think they might just fit the bill.
It’s worth going for a test ride on each at least I’d say.
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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by Joeman » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:16 pm

Arwen wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:45 pm
Joeman wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:30 pm
Wonder if you could fit smaller wheels??
Gearing and Speedo would need attention but might be an option especially for winter you could have winter tyres and summer tyres.
Hmm... That's not a bad idea. Might have a good Google of that !
It would look like a crazy supermoto!
What size wheels does it have as standard??
If you could fit 17inch wheels your choice of tyres would be greater too.
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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by Tango » Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:01 pm

Street Triple...... :wink:
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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by fullscreenaging » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:03 pm

Tango wrote:
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Street Triple...... :wink:
Any chance for a plug 😂😂
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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by Hoggs » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:13 pm

Versys 400?
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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by Joeman » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:37 pm

how about an R nine-T with a low seat?

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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by Fozzie » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:43 am

Kawasaki Ninja 400.

Has the same power as the CBR500s but has to be worked harder. But the parallel twin in it is very strong and is perfectly happy at slower speeds.
It's also a very small bike, despite looking larger than it is. And its a sports bike in appearance only, but more alike a street bike to ride so it comes with great looks and ease.
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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by Arwen » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:41 am

The front wheel on the F700 is currently a 19", the rear is 17. I'm finding a lot of posts online about changing them to the spoked wheels of the F800gs, but not finding anything about smaller wheels :? Still, that may be an option...

@fullscreenaging - Big scooter? No thanks... Yes they are really useful, they are simply not for me though.
@Tango I do like them... I seem to like a lot of triumphs to be fair! :lol: I may pay a visit to a triumph dealer at some point and see what they have.
@Hoggs Just checked... seat height is giant on that! :lol:
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This link is totally not helping me rationalise this option...
@Fozzie Nice bike, but too much plastic for me.
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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by Fozzie » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:50 am

There's a naked one coming next year?

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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by Arwen » Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:05 pm

So, I went and sat on many bikes today. I am in negative equity with the f700, so know there will be a cost evolved in swapping bikes, but I'd rather a bike I am comfortable using than one that is a trial for me and putting me off riding. To get around the negative equity without me paying a lump sum, a year or two older bike seems to keep my monthly payments the same, or lower. So that's what I am now looking at.

So: Honda rebel 500 - completely different kind of bike, I can totally flat foot it - it feels weird. Feel I need to take it for a test ride cause it is the only bike I can "properly" fit on. Hopefully taking one out on Wednesday morning to a test.
Also from honda, the NC750sa - It is awesome red and black. Felt nice, better to manually move around however still a little tall and cumbersome. I've also heard the engine is rather boring? May test ride it if I've time on Wednesday after the rebel.

Kawasaki ER-6N - felt nice, although heavy with a full tank of fuel. Also on the tall side.

Benelli Leoncino and "trial version" - rather nice looking bike. Felt well balance and reasonably easy to move around. Plus with this I could get a brand new one... however as far as I have read it is a brand new engine style for them.


We then went to my local BMW motorrad dealer, who used to dismiss up completely. Since I've complained, and more now I have a BMW. They chat and do anything for me. So big improvement in customer service from them.
While they were working out the maths with my finance, I sat and moved around many bikes. To my amusement/horror the R1200r with a low seat (standard suspension) fits me perfectly... It genuinely was the most comfortable bike, both sitting on it and manually moving it around. I am still rather stunned about it. The RnineT pure also fits well, but is slightly taller.
Both however were brand new bikes, so I'd need to put down a substantial deposit to cancel out my negative equity and to get my monthly payments down to where they currently are. Also, I am really not sure about getting a 1200 right now. Both from the torque/power and from an insurance point of view!

They did however have a very nice F800r sport in. Pre-owned however would come with a 2 year warranty. Is not even a year older than my F700 and has all the same toys as it (belly pan, centre stand, full computer, led lights, luggage rack). Most of all, it fits, and I can move it around with ease due to it's bars being lower than the f700's. Got them to do the maths on this for me, comes out at £1 more expensive on the same pcp plan I am currently on with no need for a lump sum. So, this is probably going to be my new bike. Arranging to take it out on Wednesday afternoon...
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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by Speedy23 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:08 pm

Joeman wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:30 pm
Speedo would need attention.
....why would you even consider riding in a pair of budgie smugglers?

Personally, I blame JRH's post for lowering the tone of this thread.... :D
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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by JRH » Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:24 pm

Speedy23 wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:08 pm
Joeman wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:30 pm
Speedo would need attention.
....why would you even consider riding in a pair of budgie smugglers?

Personally, I blame JRH's post for lowering the tone of this thread.... :D
OI. Mine was a sensible suggestion. Well sensible as far as TMBF posts go. :roll:
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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by Arwen » Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:34 pm

Speedy23 wrote:
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....why would you even consider riding in a pair of budgie smugglers?

Personally, I blame JRH's post for lowering the tone of this thread.... :D
I now have icky images in my head :shock: :shock:
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Re: Swapping my F700GS for something lighter?

Post by Bender » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:36 pm

Bite my shiny, metal ass!

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