BMW Refreshes the F800 Series
BMW’s popular middleweight Twins have gone largely unchanged for a few years. Now the F 800 R roadster and the sport-touring F 800 GT have been awarded some long awaited enhancements, with upgraded amenities, electronics and performance. Both models now have ride-by-wire systems for better throttle response and additional riding modes.
The high torque, liquid-cooled 798cc Parallel Twin engine makes 90 hp at 8000 rpm. The sporty F 800 R has chain drive, while the GT runs a maintenance-free toothed belt, geared towards lengthier motorcycle trips. The visual hallmark is the newly designed end piece of the stainless steel tailpipe. As part of the process, the HP sports silencer by Akrapovič was also redesigned and is available as an Original BMW Motorrad Accessory.
The ride-by-wire system now sends commands directly from a sensor on the twist grip to the engine control system and throttle valve. The result is finer control and improved response. This also allows implementation of the new standard riding modes “Rain” and “Road” for riding on damp and dry road surfaces respectively as well as the riding mode “Dynamic” to support a more sporty riding style, the latter being available as an option.
The new instrument panel retains two analog displays for the speedometer and rpm, and also a multifunction display. A new MIL (Malfunction Indicator Light) is provided in the cockpit in line with EU4 requirements. There are also newly designed dials which ensure improved readability, and the display has been extended to include riding mode information.
New, higher handlebars are available for the new F 800 R for a more relaxed seating posture. In conjunction with a low seat, these new handlebars also provides an ergonomic alternative for riders of shorter stature. The new F 800 R with “Design Option” wheels will appeal to those who prefer a motorcycle with a strikingly sporty look.
A red line around the edge of the wheel emphasizes the sporting character of the roadster, very much in the style of the superbike BMW S 1000 RR. BMW’s accessory range expands to include a new HP sports silencer for both models, providing a throaty sound and sporty design. The end piece made of carbon fiber also gives it a marked touch of technical style.