BMW F 800 GS Review
If you are looking for adventure rides both on and off road, then F800 may be the bike you would want to know more about. With 798 cc, parallel twin-engine, and a resilient tubular steel frame coupled with wider seat, larger screen, bigger fuel tank and engine protection bars, F800 has all the spices to be your escapade partner. With enough amount of ground clearance, low-weight structure, good torque and power gushing abilities, it remains at par with its peers and siblings.
Another addition to the BMW's adventure lineup is the F800GS, a serious adventure contender. After the release of R1200GS, BMW was viewed to be moving aggressively ahead in the off-roading direction. While it may be thought that F800GS is just restyled but the additions done under the belt further adds to its appeal. Inclusion of latest electronic systems on the 2014 BMW R1200GS and KTM 1190 Adventure paved the way for the advancing technologies supported by bikes and even F800 is not far behind in this area.
When you will be seated on this jungle cruiser, you will feel the seat to be quite comfortable. Although its height has increased by half-a-inch, from 33.9 to 35.0 but still it feels enjoyable even on long rides. In addition to this, a taller windscreen provides protection against wind with virtually no buffeting, even the wider side covers also protect the rider’s legs from airflow. Several other changes have also occurred like the new side trim, intake snorkel, upper mudguard making it an all season off-roader.
Engine, Economy and Performance:
F800 doesn't take long to accelerate from rest to 160 km/hr and endowed its extremely responsive throttle, even if you give the bike the slightest of the twist, it will thrust forward. It gets charged with a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, parallel twin cylinder with an engine displacement of 798 cc. It spews out a power of 85 hp at 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 80 Nm at 5,750 rpm. Providing more output than F700 even though same engine sits under both bodies, the differences can be felt in the suspension travel and tyres, suspension being longer, and tyres going knobbier for F800 GS. Moreover, your 16-litre tank can go on till a range of 304 km at an average speed of 130 kmph on tarmac and 80-100 kmph off road.
You can definitely plan those road trips on this tourer but being a little wary is demanded of the riders when passing over hard pack gravel or corrugations and potholes. The front end might get a little unstable in such terrains requiring more balanced effort of your arms and mind. But if you are viewing it for on-road travel, the bike is a sport. Powerful, smooth and adrenalin pumping acceleration are just a few adjectives to use. The F800GS is a perfect blend of power and agility. From 140 km/hr to 180 km/hr, it won't make any nuisance going upto those levels. Its suspension is also well capable of soaking up those jumps and bumps and allows for smooth hard cornering.
Safety, Braking and miscellaneous:
With the inclusion of ABS and traction control, it displays decent stopping power. With the suspension travel being only 7 inches or so for the front and rear, it may feel to be compromised. Brakes, however, are improved with an extra 12 inch (300 mm) Brembo up front. Even if you are riding with a pillion, the retardation power is decent. The optional packs include electronic suspension (ESA), tyre-pressure monitoring, and ASA traction control, heated grips etc. which may further improve the safety and ride comfort.
With its sporty design, you may mistake it for being a hard-core off-roader but think twice if your only intents are to cruise it over the rugged terrains. Making an amazing urban cruiser, it can quickly pull across the streets with its agile, sleek, light-weighted enthusiastic engine. Just one thing, pay cash for your luggage and it might give you the output expected from its 75 hp 798 cc engine.