Die-cast aluminium single sided swinging arm
with rear wheal axle and eccentric adjustment, central spring stud , spring
pre-loaded hydraulically adjustable to continuously variable levels by means
of handwheel, rebound damping adjustable.
Rear Wheel Travel
140 mm / 5.5 in
2 x ∅320 mm discs, 4 piston calipers
Single ∅265 mm disc, 2 piston caliper
3.50 x 17"
5.50 x 17"
95 mm / 3.7 in.
Steering head angle
/ 86.4 in.
Width 860 mm / 33.9 in. (incl. mirrors)
Height 1225 mm / 48.2 in. (excl. mirrors)
You ride your motorbike for
kicks. Whether you take a short sharp jaunt cross country, a trip through the
city or a long holiday trip with luggage, every ride should be a pleasure. This
kind of versatility requires an all-rounder that gives the rider whatever they
need - both on winding local roads and for fast motorway travel. But
practicalities are important too: economy and reliability are just as important
as great looks and riding pleasure - whether in the city or on a sporty weekend
away. The BMW F800 ST is just such an all-rounder, combining pleasure and common
sense in equal measure. And now with the new low seat option available there's
an F800 ST for everyone.
This is what a sports touring
bike should look like - combining touring fun and comfort with an impressive
sporty touch: elegant, functional trim with superb wind and weather protection.
A torquey, highly sophisticated parallel twin that meets the toughest
environmental standards and loves to rev, yet is right up there when it comes to
torque levels. The modern toothed belt drive gives loss-free power transmission
and requires less maintenance than a chain drive, with higher durability. The
chassis gives dynamic and stress-free pleasure on winding country roads,
predictable handling in the city and can cover longer distances including longer
stints on the motorway with a high degree of ride stability. And as one would
expect from BMW, there are many intelligent accessory ideas available which will
enable you to put together your own personal sports touring companion.
Head to your BMW Motorrad dealer
to test ride the F800 ST - then you'll find out what we mean by "serious fun"!
The 2007 BMW F800S gives riders looking for an entry-level mid-sized sportbike
the opportunity to obtain a piece of the BMW mystique.Imagine that you are
riding an all-new BMW sportbike along the sickest road found on the Big Island
of Hawaii. The dark highway passing rapidly beneath your wheels is in stark
contrast to the blur of lush, green tropical flora flanking it on both sides.
seemingly endless double yellow line disappears into the horizon with the warm
smell of Plumeria's rising up through the air. Up ahead in the distance are the
shimmering lights from the mirage of heat rising off the flowing curves, steep
dips and relentless rises of this well-maintained slab of blacktop. This is
definitely not California.
The steed for this epic journey is the 2007 BMW F800S, a motorcycle designed
specifically to fill the middleweight entry-level void in the ever expanding BMW
line-up. Drizzled with high-tech hardware including a single-sided swingarm,
twin-spar aluminum frame, 798cc fuel-injected DOHC parallel Twin, steering
stabilizer, 43mm front fork, adjustable Showa rear shock, sporty bodywork,
multi-function information system and one of the most comfortable seats ever
created. It's difficult to comprehend that this is one of the most affordable
Beemers on the market today.
The new F-series includes the sporting S model, as well as the sport-touring
specific ST version. Both are destined to pilfer middleweight bike sales from
the less charismatic parts-bin specials offered up by rival OEMs these days. BMW
calls these 'conquest' sales and is determined to increase its presence in the
entry-level market with the introduction of these as well as the trio of
single-cylinder 650cc X-series bikes we have already reported on. After spending
two days pounding out hundreds of miles under the merciless environmental
conditions imposed by the Kona climate, it is easy to confirm these two bikes
have the potential to be a hit with the Tiffany-twisted desires of BMW riders.
The F800S gives an unobstructed view of the new 798cc DOHC parallel Twin while
the F800ST's side cowling tucks the engine neatly away. Both machines utilize an
identical base platform consisting of a twin-spar aluminum bridge frame with the
798cc parallel twin-cylinder engine serving as a partially load-bearing
component. Front suspension duties are handled by a 43mm telescopic fork, not
often seen on a modern BMW, and a more commonly utilized single-sided aluminum
swingarm absorbing the bumpy roads through a single rear shock. Chassis geometry
is identical on both versions starting with a sporty 57.7-inch wheelbsase, 26.2
degrees of rake and 3.7 inches of trail. Seat height is 32.3 inches on both
bikes and an optional 31.1-inch seat is also available as a no cost option at
the time of purchase or it can be picked-up from the dealer for $295.
The four-valve fuel-injected liquid-cooled motor features a pair of 32mm intake
and 27.5mm exhaust valves actuated by a chain-driven DOHC set-up with combustion
chambers and port designs based on the experiences learned from the
K1200S/K1200R motor. Performance numbers provided by BMW claim 85 horsepower at
8000 rpm and 63 lbs/ft of torque at 5800 rpm for both bikes. With this motor and
chassis at the heart of these Twins, it should come as no surprise that both
provided a very similar riding experience in terms of feel and performance. The
big difference is of course the riding position and level of protection from the
elements provided by the extra cowling on the ST. The sportier feeling of the S
comes without the saddlebag mounts, high bars, and big-ass fairing.
The 2007 BMW F800S comes in sunset yellow, flame red, and Lahar gray metallic
and has a list of available options like ABS, on board computer, tire pressure
monitoring and anti-theft alarms. Our sport ride was focused on the riding
experience as we journeyed over the mountains between the sanctuary of our hotel
and the opposite side of the island with its tourist traps and coffee shops
vying for our attention. Between the two lied miles of torn-up, un-maintained
tarmac snaking through lava fields, road construction, military depots and
ultimately the coastline - where the roads are not as great as those in the
mountains and the scenery is beyond reproach. The acres of lava looked like the
surface of an alien planet, with its jagged edges providing all the necessary
reasons to stay on the road despite motoring along at a nice clip. Like steely
knives aching to lay-waste to the beast this once molten terrain is not
motorcycle-friendly. In contrast to the most horrible run-off imaginable was the
flora-lined highway towards the end of the ride, which reminded us that we were
actually still in paradise. It was here in the twisties that the S tipped its
hand, revealing the true nature of the beast. This bike just makes riding
For the crowd who prefers the sporting approach to riding, the BMW F800S caters
to their needs by offering a racy appearance perpetrated by its minimalist
bodywork, cast alloy 10-spoke wheels and a riding position geared more toward
sport riding. The bars and windscreen are lower than the ST, the bodywork allows
for an unobstructed view of the engineering highlights and the black wheels look
significantly cooler than those busy silver hoops on the ST - if my two cents
are worth anything.
The S is quite plush under almost every commonsense riding condition, so there's
no mistaking it is meant to be a streetbike, not a hardcore repli-racer. The
term plush really does set the tone for the description of either of these
machines. Its softly sprung suspension and even softer seat will extend the
riding time significantly by reducing fatigue from the constant pounding
highways are capable of delivering. Along the twisty, chopped up and
deteriorating surface of Saddle Road, however, it didn't feel very soft. After
hitting a few gaping chuckholes in a row at triple-digit speed I was happy BMW
offers a steering stabilizer as standard equipment. Mosey along at sane speeds
and you'll appreciate the squashy suspenders and sculpted seat.
Hawaii's golden coast and a bevy of BMWs - all we need now is a fruity drink
with an umbrella in it. Sometimes soft is not always a good thing, particularly
in the motor department. For those sport riders who judge a bike by performance
numbers alone, this may not be the machine for you. The parallel Twin is pretty
bland and it doesn't emit a very exciting growl but it does have a bit of
character. The engine pulses ensure the F800 machines are not entirely devoid of
personality - it's definitely a Twin. The only time annoying vibration is
apparent is when it's tapped out at the upper end of the rev range - but what do
you expect, an electric motor? It's not quite that smooth. The fuel injection
system is very good, it's not abrupt at all, and the six-speed transmission
works well too. There is not much of a distinguishable power band, instead it
pulls in a linear fashion from bottom to top with a slight surge at the upper
end of the tach. For new riders this will provide peace of mind and experienced
riders will still be able to have fun because, when it comes right down to it,
the bike runs very well.
Like the ST, the S handles good too. With a claimed wet weight of 450 lbss (401
claimed dry) the bike isn't exactly a featherweight but it has a fairly low cg
that pays off with a very neutral and responsive feel to rider input. It's no
R6, but it's in the ballpark of the middleweight competitor SV650 sans-fuel, so
it's not a porker either. For one reason or another, the F800 gives off a
confident feeling of stability at speed and is equally impressive on curvy roads
The styling definitely looks the part of a sportbike and the low bars and
unprotected riding position support the sporting perspective quite well.
However, the cushy seat and mellow motor do their best to keep the rider's ego
reigned in and it's up to you whether this is a pro or a con. But in the end,
the F800S is capable of running wild if you choose to ride it that way.
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