While the F800 is a bargain compared to the R1200, it's still expensive, and we're told most U.S.-bound F800GSs will arrive with ABS, centerstand, heated handgrips and onboard computer, adding roughly $1000 to the price. Talk about muddying the waters... While the F800 is a bargain compared to the R1200, it's still expensive, and we're told mo The 650GS in its single-cylinder state isn't a lot of bike. The new F800GS-based "650," which will also have a 798cc mill, should be a big improvement. Meanwhile, the R1200GS is still king when it comes to acceleration, long-distance comfort and passenger accommodations, especially for those not inclined to venture off-road. It's also king in cost, going for about $5000 more than the F800GS. (Note to the lustful: Add $495 for freight and prep.) Accessories will be plentiful, with bags available straight from the R1200GS line. Still feel like a kid waiting for Christmas? Santa Klaus has been a little slow wrapping this one, but we're told it will be under the tree by fall. Tech SpecEvolutionThe GS legacy that began in 1980 adopts its third different engine configuration. RivalsAprilia RXV550, Kawasaki KLR650, KTM 690 Enduro, Suzuki V-Strom 650. TECH Price $10,520 Engine type l-c parallel-twin Valve train DOHC, 4v Displacement 798cc Bore x stroke 82.0 x 72.0mm Compression 12.0:1 Fuel system EFI Clutch Wet, multi-plate Transmission 6-speed Claimed horsepower 85 bhp @ 7500 rpm Claimed torque 62 lb.-ft. @ 5750 rpm Frame Tubular-steel trellis Front suspension 45mm Showa inverted fork Rear suspension Single Showa shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping Front Brake Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 300mm discs Rear Brake Single Brembo two-piston caliper, 265mm disc Front tire 90/90-21 Metzeler Tourance Rear tire 150/70-17 Metzeler Tourance Rake/trail 26.0/4.6 in. Seat height 33.5-34.6 in. Wheelbase 62.1 in. Fuel capacity 4.3 gal. Claimed weight (tank full/empty) 408/435 lbs. Colors Graphite, black/yellow Available August ContactBMW Motorrad USA300 Chestnut Ridge Rd.Westwood, NJ 07675201.307.4000http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com VerdictA truly dirt-worthy enduro for around town or around the world. « | 1 | 2 | View Full Article Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!