With the larger engine motorcycle markets seemingly riding into a headwind, models such as the F 800 R and F 800 GT are popular mid-range category bikes, and apparently a buying destination for many bikers. The BMW Motorrad 2-cylinder machines have always cut a great figure, whether for urban cruising, enjoying winding country roads in sporty style or dynamic touring with a pillion passenger and luggage.
BMW feels the latest versions takes all the good things about both models and makes them better.
The high-torque, water-cooled 798 cc 2-cylinder in-line engine continues to power both versions, dishing out 66 kW / 90 hp at 8 000 rpm. While the sporty roadster F 800 R has a chain as secondary drive, the F 800 GT looks to a maintenance-free toothed belt geared towards lengthier motorcycle trips for its power delivery.
As with many new models from all the manufacturers, the engine has been adapted to the new EU4 regulations. While adding this, BMW engineers included a ride-by-wire system, passing on the rider’s commands directly from a sensor on the twist grip to the engine control system and onto the throttle valve. The result is even finer controllability, an improved response as well as allowing for the implementation of the new standard riding modes ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ for riding on damp and dry road surfaces respectively. An additional riding mode of ‘Dynamic’, which is considered an ex works option, supports a more sporty riding style.
Riders familiar with the 800 series will notice a new look coming from a newly designed end piece of the stainless steel tailpipe. As part of the process, the HP sports silencer by Akrapovič was also redesigned and is available as an Original BMW Motorrad Accessory.
The new F 800 R and F 800 GT have an instrument panel consisting of two analog displays for the speedometer and engine speed as before and also a multifunction display. In the new model year 2017, a so-called Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) is provided in the cockpit in line with EU4 requirements. There are also newly designed dials which ensure improved readability, and the display has been extended to include riding mode information.
The paint finish Blackstorm metallic emphasizes the masculine side of the new F 800 R, while Racing Red non-metallic brings out the roadster's progressive, dynamic character. The BMW Motorsport colors Lightwhite non-metallic/ Lupine Blue metallic/Racing Red non-metallic powerfully convey the sporting aspirations of the F 800 R.
The optional item “Design Option” wheels comprises the paint finish in BMW Motorsport colors with a decorative red line around the edge of the wheel rim.
In Lightwhite non-metallic the new F 800 GT comes over as strikingly athletic and dynamic, while the paint finish Gravity Blue metallic matt gives it a powerful, masculine look. By contrast, the bike takes on a particularly refined appearance in the color scheme Blackstorm metallic combined with grey decorative surfaces on the side trim panels and the rear side trim sections.
With an attention to the details, there is also a new windshield with matted F 800 GT model inscription that helps project a more sophisticated, mature appearance. Similarly, the high quality of the F 800 GT is supported by the new model inscription in the upper area of the side trim panels which appears in a galvanized finish as a raised emblem.
Riders wanting a more unique look can take advantage of more accessories and optional equipment.
New, higher handlebars are available for the new F 800 R ex works which meets the rider’s need for a more relaxed seating posture. In conjunction with a low seat, these new handlebars also provides an ergonomic alternative for riders of shorter stature.
Staying with ex works, the new F 800 R with the ‘Design Option’ wheels will especially appeal to those who prefer a motorcycle with a strikingly sporty look. Here there is a decorative red line around the edge of the wheel rim that emphasizes the sporty, dynamic aspirations of the new roadster, very much in the style of the superbike BMW S 1000 RR