The latest rendition of the BMW F800 GS is the perfect balance between off-road prowess, on-road maneuverability, straight-line power, and hill climbing torque. Slotted between the heavier R1200 GS and the F700 GS, the F800 GS is an ideal marriage of lightweight maneuverability and large bore acceleration. The F800 GS is no compromise; it handles like a sportbike when you want it to and an enduro bike when you need it to. On and off-road have never been closer together. Prior to the F800 GS’s arrival, the only options for adventurers were 650cc singles and 1200cc twin cylinder bikes. The Bimmer created its own segment that was quickly embraced by enduro riders. This has proven to be a lucrative segment over the last couple of years. The profitability in this segment has urged BMW to revise its hot adventure bike for the first time since its conception.
For 2013 the front section of the body is all new featuring a revised upper mudguard, fuel tank trim, intake snorkel, and new windshield that give the bike a fresh look and updated feel. The Bimmer now offers the ability to purchase a lowered version from the factory which was a popular modification among shorter stature riders in previous year models.
Mechanically, the F800 GS remains similar to its predecessor but adds some additional horsepower to the mix. The engine is a water-cooled 4-stroke inline two-cylinder with dual overhead camshafts. The 800cc block produces 85hp and 61 ft-lbs of torque that tops out at about 150mph. The transmission in the F800 GS is a power unit featuring a multiple disc clutch submerged in an oil bath where the clutch is mechanically operated. The gearbox is a constant mesh 6-speed gearbox integrated into the crankcase.
From a riders perspective, the F800 GS feels similar to its predecessor with a hint more finesse and customizability in the latest derivation. In contrast to the Bimmer’s competition, the F800 GS would be the editors choice in light of its featherweight maneuverability and ample torque curve to get you out of the stickiest situations. The F800 GS also features an optional (ASC) traction control that makes rear wheel traction easier to maintain in slippage situations. All in all the BMW sets the benchmark for the segment and really impresses on the road and the trail.
Engine: Water-cooled 4-stroke in-line two-cylinder engine, two valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication
Torque: 61 ft-lbs
0-60mph: 3.8 seconds
Standing ¼ mile: 12.43 seconds
Top Speed: 150 mph
Fuel Economy: 62 mpg at a constant 55mph (40mpg average)
Credits: Emmett Vick, totalmotorcycle.com, and expeditionportal.com