BMW F800GS - Willkommen To The Jungle


Photography by BMW Motorrad, Neale Bayly

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 Spec


The GS legacy that began in 1980 adopts its third different engine configuration.

Aprilia RXV550, Kawasaki KLR650, KTM 690 Enduro, Suzuki V-Strom 650.

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

BMW Motorrad USA
300 Chestnut Ridge Rd.
Westwood, NJ 07675

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