The new BMW F800GS
Nov 07, 2007
With the completely new enduro model, the F 800 GS, BMW Motorrad is not only expanding its range of products available, but also presenting a worthy successor to the totally successful F 650 GS with its single-cylinder engine. Even when it's parked, the amazingly offroad-capable F 800 GS adventure-tourer, with its sturdy appearance and long spring travel, indicates what it can do off-road. The signals it gives off are clear yet diverse: fun driving on all types of road, and stamina on journeys even when the destination can only be reached by gravel tracks. A high level of stability combined with playful handling are features of the new F 800 GS, as is high-quality workmanship, a strong chassis and impressive engine performance for maximum riding enjoyment.
The inline two-cylinder engine comes from the well-known F 800 model series, but beyond this, the enduro model has been completely redesigned. A completely new frame and new wheel suspension with new spring-shock absorber elements are used, for example, which will surpass the expectations of even the most demanding enduro riders. The belt drive and single-strut swing arm, which are ideal for pure on-road use, have been replaced by a light chain drive, which, in combination with a very stable, attractive aluminum profile double-strut swing arm, offers particular advantages in offroad riding in particular. The new GS is thus not only in its element on roads - it will also always find a way through off-road too.
The F 800 GS combines road and touring capabilities with superior offroad characteristics. It thus combines the two worlds in a way that has never before been achieved in this class and offers the maximum possible freedom in terms of its areas of use. BMW Motorrad has positioned the dynamic adventure-tourer at an attractive price, thus adding a real asset to the market.
For BMW Motorrad, the abbreviation "GS" is not an empty promise. This will be demonstrated in the future by the F 800 GS too, in continuation of a long tradition. The new model not only offers the typical qualities of an adventure-tourer - it also offers superb offroad riding capabilities. While large-capacity enduros sometimes reach their limits because of their weight and overall design, the new F 800 GS is completely unstoppable. The overall package combines balanced power and weight, excellent ground clearance, long spring travel, precise wheel guidance and sophisticated ergonomics, giving excellent offroad riding and excellent long-distance performance.
The chassis combines all the ingredients that a real enduro needs: a sturdy steel tube frame that allows a steering lock of 42 degrees, a rigid upside-down fork with 230 mm spring travel, a sturdy aluminum double-strut swing arm with a path-dependent cushioned spring strut and 215 mm spring travel and solid wire-spoke wheels. A 21-inch front wheel in the classic enduro dimensions of 90/90-21 gives running stability in slow offroad riding, while the rear wheel, with dimensions 150/70-17 ensures that the engine power is always transferred securely to the track.
The engine is the parallel twin from the F 800 S modified for the new usage, with its cylinders now only inclined 8.3 degrees forward. The strong, liquid-cooled four-valve two-cylinder is particularly convincing because of its spontaneous response, its impressive torque and its low fuel consumption. Nominally, the engine provides 85 HP at 7 500 min-1 and, at 5 750 min-1 sends a torque of 61 pound-feet to the sliding bearing based crankshaft. Thanks to the regulated three-way catalytic converter and secondary air system, the twin releases its power in a way that is absolutely environmentally friendly. The mass balance is provided by a system that is unique in standard motorcycle design: an additional swivel con-rod balances the first and second level mass forces and ensures that the two-cylinder functions with the minimum of vibrations.
The low dry weight of 178 kg makes a major contribution to the dynamic riding properties. When filled with fuel and ready to ride, the F 800 GS weighs in at just 207 kg. The F 800 GS offers an excellent level of seat comfort for both rider and passenger, along with a high standard of safety features. If required, it can be fitted ex factory with two-channel ABS that can be switched off. In addition, the extensive range of BMW accessories meets the further individual wishes of our demanding customers, as always.