BMW F 800GT

   

Make Model.

BMW F 800GT

Year

2014

Engine

Four stroke, parallel twin cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Capacity

798 cc / 47.7 cub. in.
Bore x Stroke 82 x 75.8 mm
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Cooling Liquid cooled

Lubrication

Dry sump

Induction

Electronic intake injection, ∅45mm throttle bodies

Ignition 

Knock control and oxygen sensors. 
Starting Electric

Max Power

66 kW / 90 hp @ 8000 rpm

Max Torque

86 Nm / 8.8 kgf-m / 63 lbs/ft @ 5800 rpm
Clutch Multiplate-plate in oil bath

Transmission 

6 Speed 
Final Drive Belt drive
Gear Ratio 1st 2.46 / 2nd 1.75 / 3rd 1.38 / 4th 1.17 / 5th 1.04 / 6th 0.96: 1
Final Drive Ratio 1:2.6
Frame Bridge-type frame, cast aluminium, load-bearing engine

Front Suspension

43mm Marzocchi upside down forks
Front Wheel Travel 125 mm / 4.9 in.
Castor 94.6 mm / 3.7 in.

Rear Suspension

Double strut swing arm aluminium coast in one piece
Rear Wheel Travel 125 mm / 4.9 in.

Front Brakes

2 x ∅320 mm discs, 4 piston calipers, ABS

Rear Brakes

Single ∅265 mm disc, 1 piston caliper, ABS

Wheels

Cast aluminium

Front Tyre

120/70 ZR17

Rear Tyre

180/55 ZR17
Rake 25.8°
Castor 91.6 mm / 3.6 in.
Dimensions Length   2156 mm / 84.9 in
Width       905 mm / 35.6 in. (incl. mirrors)
Height   1248 mm / 49.1 in. (excl. mirrors)
Wheelbase 1514 mm / 59.6 in.
Seat Height 820 mm - 765 mm  / 32.3 in. - 30.1 in

 Wet Weight

213 kg / 469.6 lbs.

Fuel Capacity 

15 Litres / 4 US gal.

Average Consumption 

3.4 L/100 km / 29.4 km/l / 69 US mpg

Top Speed

201 km/h / 125 mph

 

 

With the new F 800 GT as the successor model to the F 800 ST, BMW Motorrad is enhancing its range in the sporty touring segment and setting a new benchmark among mid-range motorcycles.

The high-torque, water-cooled 2-cylinder in-line engine with a capacity of 798 cc continues to provide dynamic propulsion in the new F 800 GT. An increase in power has been achieved by means of revised set-up. It now has an output of 66 kW / 90 bhp (F 800 ST: 62.5 kW (85 bhp)) at 8,000 rpm. The new F 800 GT boasts an even more supreme drive with the maintenance-free secondary drive via toothed belt.

What is more, improved ergonomics, optimised wind and weather protection and an even more practically oriented luggage system provides the basis for genuine “Gran Turismo”. The new F 800 GT is also fitted as standard with ABS in line with the “Safety 360°” principle. Other optional systems such as Automatic Stability Control ASC and the Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA ensure that the new BMW F 800 GT sets new standards in terms of safety and comfort within its segment.

 

As part of the BMW Motorrad program of special accessories, the new F 800 GT can also be fitted with an Akrapovič sports silencer. This slip-on silencer provides a particularly earthy 2-cylinder sound. Made of titanium and stainless steel it enables a weight reduction of approx. 1.7 kg as compared to the standard rear silencer.

 

Overview of new technical features:

Increased output of the F 800 GT as compared to predecessor model.
66 kW (90 bhp) at 8,000 rpm. (F 800 ST: 62.5 kW (85 bhp) at 8,000 rpm).
Newly designed trim in more dynamic look with further improved wind and weather protection. New paint finishes.
The latest generation of BMW Motorrad ABS, now as standard.
Automatic Stability Control ASC (ex works option / special accessory).
Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA (ex works option / special accessory)
Convenient adjustment of rear spring mount using handwheel.
Suspension optimised in terms of ride stability and comfort.
New, lighter wheels in dynamic design.
Adapted ergonomics for increased touring comfort with higher handlebars and repositioned footrests.
Enhanced seating comfort for rider and passenger.
New handlebar switch panels and front brake fluid expansion tank.
New vibration-free and double-butted aluminium handlebars.
Cockpit with new dial faces for speedometer and engine speed display as well as an extended range of information.
Load capacity increased by 11 kg to 207 kg.
New exhaust system with optimised heel protection.
Turn indicators in smoke grey.
Newly developed luggage system (special accessory).
New connection of BMW Motorrad Navigator IV to handlebar clamp (special accessory).
Power reduction to 35 kW (48 bhp) (ex works option / special accessory).
 

 

Preview

It’s all in the initials. With the F800ST that BMW has been producing since 2007, the “ST” stands for “sport-touring.” the company rethought and redesigned the ST to provide a little less of the “S” and more of the “T,” then renamed it “GT” for “grand touring.”

If any model sold as poorly as the F800ST has in recent years, most companies would have punted it from the lineup for good. But BMW stuck to its guns, still convinced there is a viable market for a sporty middleweight with long-ride capabilities. “Rider feedback told us they liked the idea of the F800ST,” says Sergio Carvajal, BMW’s Motorcycle Product Manager. “It’s a ‘right-sized’ bike. But they wanted something more comfortable and practical.”

Based on my 200-mile ride over a wide variety of roads as part of the U.S. press launch of the F800GT, BMW seems to have succeeded. The GT is more accommodating than the ST, with revised ergonomics that prop the rider in a more upright, relaxed position. The aluminum frame is unchanged, but the bars are higher, the footpegs are 10mm lower and farther forward, and the seat is about an inch-and-a-half lower (thanks in part to 15mm-shorter suspension at both ends). Plus, a taller windshield and reshaped fairing offer better protection from the elements. Snap on a set of optional hard saddlebags with more total capacity (51 Litres) than their predecessors and you have an excellent, easily manageable middleweight for touring, sport or otherwise.

At a claimed 470 pounds (without bags) when its 4.0-gallon gas tank is filled to the brim, the GT is light and lithe, with easy, accurate, predictable steering. In a straight line, it’s rock-steady, thanks in part to a 50mm-longer swingarm. But the GT also slashes through corners with confidence-inspiring ease that makes fast-paced backroad rides more fun and less work. This is no sportbike, to be sure, but it’s more composed than the ST when it comes to spirited cornering.

It’s more comfortable in the process, too, offering a slightly taut but pleasant ride despite its reduced wheel travel. The only standard suspension adjustments are manual preload and rebound damping at the rear, but a simplistic version of the company’s ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) is optional. It allows rear damping to be adjusted on the fly to any of three settings (Comfort, Normal, Sport) with a dual-function button on the left handlebar switchpod; the same switch also toggles the optional ASC traction control on and off. Rear preload remains manually adjustable with a plastic knob.

Among the GT’s numerous other options are two seats: a Comfort version that’s ¾-in. taller than the standard unit and a Low seat that sits about 1¼-in. closer to the tarmac. The bike I rode wore the standard seat, which felt comfy enough, but my time in the saddle was limited to just a few hours.

Although the counterbalanced, 798cc parallel-Twin’s engine internals remain the same as on the ST, refinements in fuel-injection and ignition mapping allow it to pump out a claimed 90 horsepower, 5 more than before. The engine feels peppier throughout the rpm range, with sharp throttle response, brisk acceleration and good midrange torque for its displacement. But it is a middleweight, after all, so don’t expect it to run with the big dogs if loaded with two large occupants and saddlebags jam-packed for weeks on the road.

BMW also offers a wide range of other options for the F800GT. They include heated grips, a centerstand, an onboard computer, a Garmin GPS, a 28-liter top trunk and even an Akrapovic Sport Silencer. The GT is available in three colors—Valencia Orange Metallic, Dark Graphite Metallic or Light White.

Sticker price for the base F800GT is $11,890, which is the same MSRP asked for the 2012 F800ST. Carvajal says that BMW is not likely to import many—or perhaps any—of the base model, however, but instead will offer the bike in two packages that include certain options for less dough than if those accessories were installed separately. The Standard Package gets the heated grips, centerstand, onboard computer and saddelbsag mounts for $12,395. The Premium Package adds ESA, ASC and a tire-pressure monitor for $13,190. That’s a steep buy-in for a middleweight, although the GT is the most well-equipped sport-tourer in its class.

Still, whether BMW’s vision for middleweight grand touring is clearly focused remains to be seen. But if it isn’t, don’t blame the motorcycle. Despite its shift in focus, the F800GT not only is much improved at the T end of the sport-touring spectrum, it’s better at the S than it was before.

Source Cycle World