The new F 800 R is radically different, and yet every inch a BMW. The state-of-the-art parallel twin engine with electronic fuel injection develops 87hp from its 798cc, not to mention a mighty 86Nm of torque. And with the deep, throaty exhaust tone, its sound is every bit as impressive as it performs.
With its stripped-back approach to exterior design, the F 800 R is a breath of fresh air. Quirky touches like asymmetrical dual headlamps lend an 'auteur' feel to proceedings, and remind the observer of the popular roadster K 1300 R model. Customisation options abound, including a Sport windshield, pillion passenger cover and radiator trim panels, allowing you to make the F 800 R your own.
The large-capacity 798cc parallel twin engine of the F 800 R provides ample power – up to 87bhp with 86Nm of torque, to be exact. The body is constructed from aluminium, making it both light (at just 177kg) as well as strong, and ensuring that handling is delightfully responsive even around tight bends.
Despite its back-to-basics approach, the F 800 R doesn’t shy away from incorporating a degree of technological sophistication. This comes in the form of the optional onboard computer, which informs the rider of the status of the bike. ABS, too, has been included as standard and serves to increase the rider's control over the bike's handling.
The 'purist' approach of the F 800 R has not led to any compromises in terms of safety. BMW is to be commended, in fact, for ensuring safety levels comparable to almost any other current model you care to name. The Tyre Pressure Control (TPC) system keeps the rider aware of when to change the tyres, while a 320mm Brembo double-disc brake at the front ensures that stopping distance is minimised.
|Type||Water-cooled four-stroke twin-cylinder engine, double overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder, dry sump lubrication|
|Bore x stroke||82 mm x 75.6 mm|
|Rated output||66 kW (90hp) at 8.000 rpm|
|Output reduction||35 kW (48 hp) at 6,750 rpm possible|
|Max. torque||86 Nm at 5.800 rpm|
|Output reduction||69 Nm at 3,500 rpm|
|Compression ratio||12.0 : 1|
|Mixture control / engine management||Digital engine management|
|Emission control||Regulated three-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3|
|Maximum speed||Over 200 km/h|
|Fuel type||Premium unleaded, minimum 95 octane (RON)|
|Alternator||Permanent magenet alternator 400 W|
|Battery||12 V / 12 Ah, maintenance-free|
|Clutch||Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated|
|Frame||Bridge-type frame, cast aluminium|
|Front wheel location / suspension||Upside-down fork|
|Rear wheel location / suspension||Aluminium double-sided swing-arm: Spring preload hydraulically adjustable, steplessly adjustable rebound damping|
|Suspension travel front / rear||125 mm / 125 mm|
|Steering head angle||64°|
|Wheels||Cast aluminium wheels|
|Rim, front||3.50 x 17"|
|Rim, rear||5.50 x 17"|
|Tyres, front||120/70 ZR 17|
|Tyres, rear||180/55 ZR 17|
|Brake, front||Double disc with four piston radial brake calipers, diameter 320 mm|
|Brake, rear||Single disc, diameter 265 mm|
|ABS||BMW Motorrad ABS|
|Width (incl. mirrors)||860 mm|
|Height (excl. mirrors)||1,235 mm|
|Seat height, unladen weight||790 mm (OE low seat: 770 mm, OE high seat: 820 mm)|
|Inner leg curve, unladen weight||1,780 mm (OE low seat: 1,740 mm, OE high seat: 1,835 mm)|
|Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1)||202 kg|
|Permitted total weight||405 kg|
|Payload (with standard equipment)||203 kg|
|Usable tank volume||15 litres|
|Reserve||approx. 3 litres|
Technical data relate to the unladen weight (DIN)
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