2011 BMW F800R | First Ride

Bargain Beemer

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by BMW

tech
SPEC

EVOLUTION
Peel some plastic from an F800S, add chain final drive, a double-sided swingarm, plus smarter ABS and you’re there.

RIVALS
Aprilia Shiver 750, Ducati Monster 796, Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki Gladius, Triumph Street Triple, Yamaha FZ8.

TECH
Price as tested: $11,395
Engine type: l-c parallel-twin
Valve train: DOHC, 8v
Displacement: 798cc
Bore x stroke: 82.0 x 75.6mm
Compression: 12.0:1
Fuel system: BMS-KP EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Claimed horsepower: 87 bhp @ 8000 rpm
Claimed torque: 63 lb.-ft. @ 6000 rpm
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: 43mm Showa fork
Rear suspension: Showa shock with remote adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake: Brembo single-piston caliper, 265mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone BT014
Rear tire: 180/70ZR-17 Bridgestone BT014R
Rake/trail: 25.0º/3.6 in.
Seat height: 31.5 in.
Wheelbase: 59.8 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.2 gal.
Claimed curb weight: 439 lbs.
Color: White, yellow, gray, red/white/blue
Available: Now
Warranty: 3 yrs./36,000 mi.
Contact:
BMW Motorrad USA
300 Chestnut Ridge Rd.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
201.307.4000

VERDICT 3 out of 5 stars
Not the most motorcycle for the money, just the most BMW.

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