BMW F800 R Bike Overview
Up until the turn of the century, BMW had stuck to a couple of slightly weird engine layouts – the big Boxer twins with a cylinder poking out each side of the bike, and its laid-down inline triple and four-cylinder motors, with the crankshaft running fore-and aft down low. Both those layouts were ideal for its favoured shaft final drive, so the Munich engineers overlooked the compromises they involved elsewhere.
But in 2006, something different appeared – a totally new 798cc parallel twin engine, with belt drive, which first featured in the F800 S and ST sporty-touring models. It was far lighter and more compact than the Boxer lump, and a couple of years later, BMW used it (with chain final drive) in this, the F800 R naked roadster.
It’s not hugely powerful, making around 85bhp, and the chassis is fairly straightforward, with monoshock rear and conventional forks and brakes. But as a quality, capable, economical daily ride, it’s got a lot going for it.
You can also get a lot of top-notch extras and accessories from the factory, including tyre pressure monitor, fly screen, high/low seat options and panniers, and the more the merrier here.
Take a look at the BMW F800R in action…
BMW F800 R Bike Spec
- Top speed135 mph
- Weight (Dry)177kg
- Average fuel consumption37 mpg
- Seat height800mm (adjustable)
- EngineFour stroke, parallel twin, DOHC
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Quite comfy to ride as quite an upright position. I can feel it on my elbows and backside if I've been riding any longer than 2-3 hrs.
Only had to replace battery after 8 years. Build quality is good, bike still looks new after 14000miles.
Brakes really well being brembos & ABS
Engine sounds agricultural being a twin, handlebars get a bit vibey between 70-80mph which is a bit annoying. Handles fine for what it is and feels nice and light to ride.
Not that powerful but that's not why i bought bike. Pretty torquey wee engine but its not gonna win any races.
Very economical bike to own being that you don't need to rev its nuts off.
Very smooth to ride and easy to filter traffic on
90bhp parallel twin plenty of power and torque bit strange sounding but easy to get used to
Engine and exhaust sound is a bit odd but fine once you get used to it
Great quality used in all weather condition not much signs of corrosion
Great Brembo brakes twin disc on front, plenty of stopping power
It's a calm rider with a long gear box. Riding in town it's hard to shift over third gear. You don't feel the weight while riding, however, It's a long bike, needs stiffer suspensions for a sportier ride.
Powerful enough for road and high way riding, however long gearbox shifts, riding in town resumed to 1st and 2nd gear
Quite economical, doesn't spent more than 5lt/100km even during long highway travel
Never had a problem over the last four years, solid built.
Brakes well for a smooth rider. ABS comes into action very quick on bumpy roads