BMW F 800 GT Review
The new BMW F 800 GT that arrives as a sport touring motorcycle is equipped with some advanced features over its predecessor, which include the optional Electronic Suspension Adjustment, the Automatic Stability Control (ASC), hand wheel rear suspension preload adjustment feature and new vibration-free handlebars.
Innovation wasn't as innovative before the praised German automaker, BMW tried its skilled hands in the field of motorcycles back a decade. Today we talk about another innovation from this German giant that comes in the face of a sport touring motorcycle with the name of BMW F 800 GT. The bike is being manufactured by the BMW Motorrad since 2013 and comes as a successor of the F800ST to become a new member of the F-Series range.
The sport touring bike from BMW is given a purely stylish and enchanting design that is functional too. The fairing covered body of the bike along with fetching an aesthetic charm gain in the aerodynamic aspect. The front profile of the bike is accentuated by the wide and sharp visor mask that traps the large dazzling headlamp assembly and the tyre adhered mudguard. The bike reveals its real identity with the BMW logo shining on the tank shrouds and the bike's name imprinted on it. The rear profile of the bike is made to display a sporty stance with the wide rear tyres and the stylish rear handle and tail light housing. The precisely-calculated exterior dimensions of the bike read- 2156 mm x 905 mm x 1248 mm (L x W x H) and a significantly long and stable wheelbase of 1514 mm.
Engine, Performance and Economy:
The powerful sport touring bike gulps down the power poured over it by the perfectly-engineered 798cc, 4-stroke in-line 2-cylinder engine that is integrated with two-overhead camshafts and is water-cooled. This refined power-mill boasts a maximum power output of 90 hp at 8000 rpm in collaboration with a maximum torque of 86 Nm at 5800 rpm. This engine meets a crisp and responsive 6-speed gearbox that fetches the bike a capability to display a high acceleration value and sprint with a top-speed of 200 km/h. However, the bike has a high fuel consumption value of 3.4 litres per 100 km at a constant speed of 90 km/h.
Being a BMW bike, the sporty two-wheeler is precisely sculpted to feature perfectly stable handling characteristics. With the high-performance engine pumping down the fuel-tank, the bike is given a stable and regular weight distribution keeping the centre of gravity more centre-oriented and the engine assembly is fitted such as to minimise the vibrations. With the slightly swept-back foot pegs, flat handlebars and wide seats, the rider gets a slightly bent yet upright sitting position that means comfort. With the longer rear-wheel swinging arm and stiffer rear suspension a perceptible ride stability is guaranteed. The wide rear tyres with dimensions – 180/55 ZR 17 are dedicated to giving excellent stability while manoeuvring through deep corners. Adding more, the bike presents three different seat height options and the optional ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) that help in automatic rear suspension adjustment at just a press of a button.
Stability, braking and miscellaneous:
The potentially capable motorcycle is given a desirable controlling with the added efficient braking system consisting of dual disc brakes of 320 mm diameter with floating discs and 4-piston fixed calipers at the front. While single disc with single-piston floating callipers fits on the rear wheels. The braking system is made more precise with the added ABS (Antilock Braking System) and optional ASC (Automatic Stability Control). While the bike body is supported on the well-constructed suspension system consisting of the front telescopic fork and single-sided swing arm rear suspension with eccentric adjustment, central spring strut and spring pre-load continuously variable hydraulic adjustment.
The BMW F 800 GT owing to its unbeatable performance, definite handling proportions and impressive styling appeals to each eye. However, the bike is available at an expensive price.