OX-34 SS1600K - Respect My Authoritah!!


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Since the little Ninja 300 left the building last week, there's been a hole in my shed. TigerBill and I have discussed over the years that it would be nice to have a smaller touring bike for say an 11 day ride at 1600km a day or so. Smaller, lighter, chainless.

To that end a couple of years ago I bought a BMW F800ST. Unfortunately, that bike had a few issues (mainly with the service manager at my local dealer) and before I really had a chance to test or fully modify it I sold it. I bought the FJR and have been riding that around.

Back to the F800s. A couple of weeks ago I saw one for sale up in QLD so did a road trip up to see it. The bike was fine, but registration hassles had me leave empty handed.

On Thursday I had a peruse of the interweb sales sites and saw I bike that I had enquired about previously was still for sale. I gave them a call about 11:30 and caught the 14:25 plane down to Melbourne. Bundoora BMW had the bike all ready for me, including a little welcome sign - its a BMW F800GT-P. The P is usually associated with police, but worldwide it is known as the Authority model.

With the paperwork signed and the cash paid, I started it up for the first time rolling out the door into the Melbourne commuter traffic (Bundoora Victoria, 17:17 hr, 3666km on the clock). The dealership is located right near the northeastern end of the ring road so very handy for an exit. Filtered the skinny panniered bike through 50 or so cars, no feet green light and straight on to the ring and swung in to the first servo 10 minutes later or so. Phoned home, texted a pic or two, bought an iced coffee for the trip and put a throttle lock on while I was at it.

It was truly just a commuting delivery run to get used to the bike. Next stop was at Euroa (19:29hr, 151km) I needed fuel. The boys at Bundoora thought it was full. It wasn't. The bike only has a 15.5L or so fuel tank. It has a weird fuel gauge. We all get used to our own bike's gauges version of the truth, but this one is different. The gauge states '1/2' as its top level. When it is more than half full there is just an arrow kind of top bar. It doesn't move until the tank is down to half, then it drops pretty quickly, as it did by Euroa. 14:32 litres into the tank there.

With no GPS to tell me the 'truth' I just settled in to the thinning traffic and fiddled around with ride position, helmet and screen airflow and planned some mods for the bike. It started light rain that went on for 500 or so kms, but nothing too bad. Holbrook for a top up and added a layer for warmth. (21:55hr, 374km trip, 10.55L).

Then soon after a quick stop at Gundagai. Fiddling about with the buttons and knobs and a warning light came on the dash. An exclamation point in a triangle in a circular arrow warning light. I have no idea..... Into the warmth of the servo, downloaded a .pdf of the owners manual and discovered that I had turned off the traction control and the little light stays on until the bike is switched off and then restarted. Which is what I did, back out into the trucks heading north, hoping to slide through Goulburn without hitting snow or ice or just plain old sub-zero Goulburn in the middle of winter. The dash was showing 5.5C when I pulled in for fuel at the Big Merino (01:08hr, 667km, 13:00L). The girl on the register told me it had just dropped below 2C on their thermometer. Ok, worst of it over maybe? The rain had stopped at least.

Because the bike is the 'Authoritah!!' model some of the buttons don't work (lights and sirens kind of thing) and the high beam is a multi switch based on a Japanese flash to pass. The lights themselves are good. Much better than the F800ST if I recall correctly. High beam is fine, though it looks ponderous as it takes a few milliseconds to ramp up compared to the LEDs many of us run these days.

The thermometer undulated from 7.5C down to a flashing 2.0C just before I pulled in for my last fuel before home near Wyong. (04:11hr, 952km, 12.92L). I'd been cold on this ride, as cold as any time I've been on a bike. I even had a hot coffee and waited inside to drink it

Home in Newcastle at 05:05hr, 1022km.

I hopped into bed and cranked the electric blanket up to full, shaking and shivering for the next half hour or so. Ran a hot bath and nodded off to sleep a couple of times before venturing back into bed again.

Beat the alarm, lovely day outside. Why not?

A nice run through the Wootton Way bends, then BP Gateway Port Macquarie (11:42hr, 1263km, 13:53l) then past Wauchope

Up the Oxley twisties

Then a scone at Gingers Creek (13:06hr, 1356km)

I tried to have a chat to a few Harley riders, but they were having none of that.... Oh well, nice day out for a ride.

Right turn back down in Wauchope (14:32hr, 1437km, 7.80L) then a simple run south on the highway. TigerBill was waiting for me at the servo in town (Mayfield West, 16:46hr, [5331km odo] 1665km trip). Google Maps says 1625km.

Its a nice little bike, was comfy enough (the solo seat is great), but it will soon enough get some mods done like lights, a tank some more footpegs and maybe a bigger screen. Plus a rego plate. They kept the Vic one at the dealer, so the toll and speed camera operators will probably like me to get a NSW one fitted...

Ride Date: ...................28th July 2016
Bike:............................BMW F800GT-P
Departure Town:............Bundoora
Ride Name:...................Respect My Authoritah!!



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Tough ride when the cold gets right through to the bones...... trust you to just thaw out and go again.

I see your thinking it's like a mini me RT without the final drive.
Once that thing is loaded up with lights you should be able to part the seas in traffic, or everyone will slow down 10km and hold you up.

That RT for sale here http://forum.ironbutt.org/index.php?threads/2007-r1200rtp-rally-bike-for-sale.503/#post-8989 has a neat fuel cell.
The fuel tank is under the seat on the 800 isn't it ? should be easy to gravity feed ?
Though it doesn't sound like you'll need much fuel to go a long way.

Looks like it's already has two humps like a camel .

Hope you brought a pair of those Authoritah sunglasses Cartman is wearing to go with the bike.


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"Once that thing is loaded up with lights you should be able to part the seas in traffic, or everyone will slow down 10km and hold you up."

Yeah, there's an issue....they see White and lights and all of a sudden all you see is "red"...argh!!

Congrats on the buy and another great write up OX.


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A nice looking bike there Peter. Enjoyed the read and pics. Plenty of potential with some additional fuel on board.
Cold, it really wears the rider down, I can't say I've ever heard you complain about riding conditions before so it must have been dam cold!
Funny how different states have different rules about interstate purchases, I've found some want to keep the plates whilst another dealer in the same state dosent seem to care.
Anyway, that's a great ride for the stable!


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Thanks for the read Peter.
It looks like an interesting mid-sized tourer.
I'd be interested in how the belt drive goes over time.
And a 1600 on pick-up... into the freezer ... into a hot bath ... into bed...
Some people would have stayed in bed :rolleyes:

John negus

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Hi Ox..great write up and pics. I remember seeing my first ever Ironbutt licence plate around buledelah and wondering what it was about. After finding out I remember thinking "How good is that " and started planning for my first ride. What this is leading up to is that it may have been one of your bikes. Not only have I found IBR I also have discovered FarRiders also and have signed up for the Silverton ride. So thanks again and yippee. Jn


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........I remember seeing my first ever Ironbutt licence plate around buledelah and wondering what it was about. After finding out I remember thinking "How good is that " and started planning for my first ride. What this is leading up to is that it may have been one of your bikes. .......
It may well have been one of my IBA bikes John. Buladelah is in my back yard after all. Maybe it was one of my FJRs, could have been either Super Tenere, perhaps the Postie, possibly the BMW K1200R o_O , conceivably one of 3 scooters, potentially a Blackbird or 3, feasibly the Versys, imaginably the YZF-R15 or even the little CBR125R. They've all done IBA runs up that way.....:eek:

It gets addictive. ;)

John negus

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That's for sure Martin. .I,myself am only a beginner Ironbutter but find myself scheming and planning how I can sort out more rides (not that hard as I work 2/7). I have a gen-3 tracker to keep SWMBOB happy (or maybe happier) and plans on the boil. That's why I sign off ..Cheers and yippee..ha ha..,,,jn