Just one look and the F 800 GS tells you all you need to know about where it wants to go. It wants to go off on an adventure, and it wants to go now.
BMW Motorrad Australia is excited to be launching the new F 800 GS, possibly the most anticipated new motorcycle of 2008.
Since its global reveal almost one year ago, excitement has been building through the BMW dealer network and among potential customers, but now the wait is finally over and the F 800 GS has arrived.
It is priced from AUS$16,750 (NZ$19,958) plus dealer delivery and on road costs and it is ready to take on the good, the bad and the ugly roads of Australia. For a short trip or a long journey, gravel, dirt or tar, the BMW
F 800 GS is the ideal transport to varied destinations both and off road.
Demonstrating impressive agility at all types of speeds through the vast open spaces or the crowded, traffic-chocked cities, its riding position gives a great view of the road ahead.
Although the engine will be familiar to F 800 S/ST fans, the rest of the machine is all new. There's a completely new frame and new suspension with new spring and shock absorber units, designed to delight even the most demanding riders.
Unlike the BMW F 800 S/ST, the BMW F 800 GS uses a light chain drive, which, in combination with a very strong and stiff aluminium profile double-strut swing arm, offers traction advantages in off-road riding.
The BMW F800GS offers an attractive combination of abilities to give the rider the maximum potential for enjoyment. And of course there is a large array of BMW Motorrad options and accessories with which to personalise their purchase.
Standard Australian and New Zealand market features include heated grips, on board computer, LED indicators and a centre stand. Key factory fitted options include switchable ABS at AUS$1,265 (NZ$1,508), anti-theft alarm AUS$505, (NZ$602) and a low seat (no cost option).
For BMW Motorrad, "GS" is not an empty promise.
The new BMW F800GS is set to continue the legend of the GS brand established by the Boxer-engined R 80 G/S and enhanced over many subsequent generations, along with the single-cylinder BMW F 650 GS models which secured impressive success at the highest level in adventure rallying.
In Australia, the R 1200 GS is BMW Motorrad's single biggest seller, and the F 650 GS single-cylinder predecessor was also one of the most popular models in the line-up. With that in mind it is not surprising that levels of anticipation have reached an all time high in the lead up to the arrival of the new F 800 GS.
Where some large-capacity adventure bikes sometimes reach their limits because of their weight or overall design, the new BMW F 800 GS will prove to be unstoppable.
The F 800 GS combines stability, high power and light weight, excellent ground clearance, long suspension travel, precise steering and sophisticated ergonomics; all of which delivers excellent off-road riding and excellent long-distance performance.
The chassis combines all the ingredients of a true adventure bike: a sturdy steel tube frame with a wide 42degrees of steering lock, rigid upside-down forks with 230 mm of travel, a sturdy aluminium double-strut swing arm with a path-dependent cushioned spring strut and 215mm of suspension travel, and solid wire-spoke wheels.
A 21-inch front wheel in the traditional 90/90-21 tyre size gives stability in slow off-road riding, and the 17-inch rear wheel is shod with a 150/70-17 tyre to ensure engine power is always transferred securely to the ground.
The engine is borrowed from the BMW F 800 S and modified for GS duties, with its cylinders now only inclined 8.3 degrees forward. The strong, liquid-cooled four-valve two-cylinder motor offers impressive, responsive performance with high torque and low fuel consumption.
The engine produces 63kW (85hp) at 7,500rpm and 83 Nm of torque at 5,750rpm.
The engine uses a unique balancer shaft to ensure smooth running. This comprises an additional swivelling con-rod that balances the first and second level mass forces to reduce vibration.
A low dry weight of 178 kg makes a major contribution to dynamic riding properties. When fuelled, and ready to ride, the BMW F 800 GS tips the scales at just 207 kg.
The F 800 GS offers an excellent level of seat comfort for both rider and pillion passenger, along with a high standard of safety features.
The two-channel switchable BMW ABS system is available as an option.
The main features of the new BMW F 800 GS:
- Mid-size adventure machine with a strong off-road bias. Easy to ride and ideal for both fun and serious adventures.
- Powered by a liquid-cooled parallel twin, 798cc, four-valve head and unique mass balancer shaft for smoothness.
- Fuel injection with electronic engine management, plus lambda probe and regulated three-way catalytic converter.
- Close ratio six-speed transmission for excellent riding performance.
- Dirt-resistant secondary drive via O-ring chain.
- Torsion-resistant tubular steel frame with reinforced steering head.
- Tight turning circle.
- Stiff USD forks with upright tube diameter 45 mm.
- Aluminium swing arm.
- Rear suspension features adjustable spring pre-load and adjustable rebound damping.
- Long travel suspension for off-road comfort.
- Excellent seat comfort for rider and pillion passenger.
- Under-seat fuel tank to aid stability, lower centre of gravity. Easy access fuel filler beside seat.
- Powerful brakes, with optional, switchable, ABS.
- Air filter and battery positioned behind steering head for easy access.
- Wide range of accessories for off-road and touring use.
BMW F800GS Specification at a glance:
- 63kW (85hp)
- Valve timing derived from F800S
- Off-road-style fairings
- High windscreen
- USD telescopic fork
- Spoked wheels, 21-inch front / 17" rear
- Double-disc brake, floating, front
- Aluminium handlebar
- 880/850mm seat height (high seat option available 920mm)
- Ready-to-ride weight 207kg
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