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BMW F800R: Middleweight holds its own rivals

My busted shoulder most of my fall touring with the clock winding on the 2009 riding season, BMW me their F800R, a new middleweight right in my strike zone.

though the best weather was a memory, I just had to ride motorcycle.

Based on the 798 cc, Rotax-built twin introduced in 2006, the 800R roadster is the … fox in 800 henhouse and fits in nicely the ST touring model and the 650GS and adventure touring bikes.

one to shy away from a challenge, BMW right into the middleweight pie with the F800R. The competition is with Suzuki’s V-Strom, and Gladius, Honda’s CBF600SA, FZ6R, Triumph’s Street Kawasaki’s gaggle of Versys, and ER6N and even BMW’s own 650GS and 800GS.

The 800R is more compact its brethren with an upright position and high and rearward-mounted pegs. The forks have a steep rake for sport and once aboard, you get the impression perched right over the wheel.

The standard seat is a reasonable 800 mm but BMW offers two options give you 25 mm either way. I liked the accommodations but would go for the seat to give my 37-inch more room. No matter seat height you choose, a welcome relief from the which almost requires and pitons to scale its 880 mm perch.

BMW 87 hp (two more than the for the 800R and the power delivery is smooth and progressive — no spikes or surges here, with a satisfying burst of acceleration above 5000 r.p.m. The flat torque curve the 800R a very easy to ride under all conditions and the note is surprisingly full-bodied for a with a catalytic converter.

First gear seems a tall from a … although the engine is so punchy off the you hardly notice it. Around the 800R steers with ease and, at a feathery 177 kg it’s 10 kg less than the ST and kg less than the 800GS — relative lightweights.

Front are conventional, nonadjustable 43 mm units 125 mm of travel, while the rear has the same travel and is adjustable for damping with an easily remote preload adjustment The steering is direct-quick and the ride, for my 200 and nevermind pounds, is firm and damped.

Top gear on the slick shifting box is an overdrive and cruising at 100 km/h is an 4200 r.p.m.

The instrument pod is to the other 800 models with an speedometer and tach with readouts for the twin trip gear position indicator, range and ambient temperature.

is no screen whatsoever (hence the “… bike”) but my press had the optional $150 sport which looks like a cookie tray and doesn’t do much. Skip this and get a windscreen.


Many riders they don’t really a screen, but they do — they don’t know it. You just enjoy a 500 or 600 km day if you’re getting up by the wind constantly. It’s like slamming your in a car door — it feels so good you stop.

Single-digit ambient temperatures exactly ideal but I didn’t It was simply a matter of Steve we now our cold weather apparel,” the heated grips to “char” and we go.

The 800R’s switchgear is similar to the new first introduced on the K1300 They’re now similar in operation to else’s but still uniquely Instead of the “left (left right (right grip), (left grip)” three-button from previous BMWs, a button operates the self-cancelling signals (and there was rejoicing across the land).

The switch now doubles as the start and the heated grip switch has — but not for the better. It’s now “push to and resets to “off” every the key is turned off — mildly annoying. If I the grips on low when I turned the key chances are I want them on low I turn it on again.

Final drive on the 800R is rather than the clean, belt drive from the The chain and sprockets are likely than the belt and pulleys so it be for better unsprung weight and handling or simply a cost

The downside is that chains lubing and adjusting but for $170 a centre stand available makes this task especially if you’re touring.

looks like a fuel isn’t; the airbox and battery inside the familiar location the 16 L tank lives under the With average fuel in the 4.5 L/100 km range, 800R will have a very cruising range — another for a windshield.

The F800R is another in a very line of BMW middleweights. It goes handles well, is comfortable and the warranty with roadside is one of the best in the industry.



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