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Time to return the BMW F 800 GS.

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It’s with a very heavy heart we bid farewell to our long-term 2106 BMW F 800 GS. It’s been a fabulous bike in every respect, and from our point of view, a fabulous adventure option – and it’s not even the the GSA. It’s just so slim and agile, and the motor so tractable and easy to use, it solves problems, sometimes before we even realise they’re there.

All good things must come to an end though, and our time with this particular bike – and even sadder, the company of the people we met on rides like the GS Safari Enduro, the Congregation, a couple of day trips to New England, a blast up the coast from Melbourne to northern NSW and a handful of other rides – is at an end.

Our bottom lips are trembling.

The bike has done around 8500 kilometres with us since last April and hasn’t given a single problem. We freaked out at not cleaning the airfilter or changing the oil for the nine days of the Safari Enduro, but the BMW guys kept telling us it wasn’t necessary, and that we should just relax and enjoy the bike.

We still haven’t cleaned the airfilter or changed the oil, and the bike is running as beautifully as ever, purring away in its quiet, vaguely threatening fashion. We did give the front wheel a hammering in the rocks of The Flinders Ranges, and BMW insisted on replacing it, but we’d have been happy with it as it was. They’re just a tad precious about ensuring their bikes are always at their absolute best – fair enough, too.

We’ll miss the incredible comfort and excellent handling of the F 800 GS, and we’ll miss it something terrible.

Thanks, BMW Motorrad, for a truly wonderful motorcycling experience.

A day trip to the New England region on a Congregation recce.

A day trip to the New England region on a Congregation recce.

A bit of aggro in the sand. Marty HC pic.

A bit of aggro in the sand. Marty HC pic.

Bugger! Dropped 'er in the rocks near Inverell. Wilko pic.

Bugger! Dropped ‘er in the rocks near Inverell. Wilko pic.

Busting to get started in Streaky Bay, SA, after a horror ride up from Adelaide.

Busting to get started in Streaky Bay, SA, after a horror ride up from Adelaide.

The desert somewhere. It's all brilliant riding on the 800.

The desert somewhere. It’s all brilliant riding on the 800.

Aftyer all that mistreatment, and 8500km of hard riding, the bike's still looking and feeling good.

After all that, 8500km of hard riding, the bike’s still looking and feeling good.

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