BMW F 800 GT a more dynamic







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: November 14, 2012
Categories: BMW F 800 GT, BMW Motorcycles, Motorcycles

New trim for further improved wind and weather protection.

BMW F 800 GT

The most striking change as compared to the predecessor model F 800 ST is the bike's full fairing. Not only does it give the new BMW F 800 GT a more dynamic, adult look, it makes it more of a fully fledged touring bike. A key factor here is the new windshield with optimised aerodynamics and significantly increased wind and weather protection. There are also new, longer mirror stems for a better view of traffic to the rear.

Powerful 2-cylinder with increased engine output for even more dynamic touring.

The high-torque, water-cooled 2-cylinder in-line engine with a capacity of 798 cc continues to provide dynamic propulsion in the new BMW F 800 GT. It features electronic fuel injection, a closed-loop catalytic converter and a 6-speed gearbox for an excitingly spontaneous response, impressive pulling power and a low level of fuel consumption. Another unique feature in serial production motorcycle manufacture is the mass balance based on an additional connecting rod.

BMW F 800 GT Black

In the new BMW F 800 GT an increase in power has been achieved by means of revised set-up. It now has an output of 66 kW (F 800 ST: 62.5 kW) at 8,000 rpm. As before, the vehicle is fuelled with premium grade fuel with a minimum octane number of RON 95. For those preparing for to take their motorcycle licence aged up to 25 there is also a reduced power version available with
35 kW.

Other new features of the BMW F 800 GT include the exhaust manifold and rear silencer, both drawn from the dynamic roadster F 800 R. In the passenger heel area there is a new heat shield which was specially developed to meet the specific demands of a touring bike.

BMW F 800 GT Black White

As part of the BMW Motorrad program of special accessories, the new BMW 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.

Standard BMW Motorrad ABS of the latest generation and ASC as an option / special accessory ex works.

The new BMW F 800 GT already features the state-of-the-art dual channel BMW Motorrad ABS as standard. Lighter and more compact than the predecessor generation, the new ABS system also makes use of an additional pressure sensor in the front brake circuit, further optimising control quality.

Another safety bonus – especially on slippery road surfaces – is provided by Automatic Stability Control ASC available as a special accessory or ex works option. ASC can be deactivated as required.

Optimised suspension and increased load capacity.

In terms of its suspension, the new BMW F 800 GT offers a number of features specifically geared towards increased comfort and touring suitability. The rear swingarm is extended by 50 millimetres for enhanced ride stability. A slight reduction of spring travel by 15 mm to 125 mm reduces squat while also increasing ride stability and providing a more precise ride feel, as well as allowing a reduction in seat height from 840 mm to 800 mm.

The active riding qualities of the BMW F 800 GT also benefit from new, lighter wheels in a highly dynamic design with tangible benefits in terms of handling. The tyre dimensions of 120/70 ZR 17 at the front and 180/55 ZR 17 at the rear remain unchanged.

In terms of comfort and user-friendliness, the new BMW F 800 GT features an optimised handwheel for easy adjustment of the spring mount ("spring preload") at the rear central spring strut.

Load capacity has been increased by 11 kg to 207 kg, meeting the requirements of a "Gran Turismo" designed for fully fledged touring. In connection with this increased load capacity, the rear frame has been revised and the stems of the passenger footrests optimised.

Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA as an ex works option.

For the first time in a mid-range touring bike, BMW Motorrad offers Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA as an ex works option in the new BMW F 800 GT. This allows the rider to electrically adjust the damping rebound stage of the rear spring strut at the press of a button on the handlebar panel even while travelling. There is a choice of three levels, ranging from comfortable to normal and sporty, depending on the road surface and individual needs.

Perfected ergonomics for a high degree of touring comfort.

The new 20 mm higher handlebars made of double-butted aluminium tubing are designed for enhanced touring comfort with additional decoupling to reduce vibration. By the same token, the brake pump at the front has been fitted with a new expansion tank featuring a harmonious design. The positions of the rider footrests have also been reconfigured so as to achieve particularly comfortable ergonomics suitable for touring. They are now placed 10 mm further forward and 10 mm lower, creating a tangibly relaxed knee angle and therefore greater seating comfort. The touring comfort is also increased by a new standard seat with wider seating surface. Other higher and lower seats are also optionally available so that the seat height can be adapted individually to the body height of the rider.

Cockpit with new dial faces and increased information scope.

The instrument cluster has been given a new dial face design as well as indicator lights for the newly added ESA and ASC systems. Another feature is the display of the on-board computer, previously available as an ex works option, and bar displays for fuel level and engine temperature are now also included as standard. Gear display, stopwatch, exterior temperature display and several other display functions still form part of the optionally available on-board computer.

New generation of switches for optimum usability.

In the area of the vehicle electrical system, the new BMW F 800 GT continues to make use of CAN bus technology. Its benefits are superior diagnostic capabilities and the fact that conventional safety fuses are no longer required. This also enables the integration of an electronic immobiliser. As in the recently presented models F 700 GS and F 800 GS, the new BMW F 800 GT likewise features the latest generation of BMW Motorrad switches for optimum clarity and usability.

New luggage system with hard shell cases, topcase and tank bag.

Drawing on the BMW Motorrad range of special accessories and ex works options, the new BMW F 800 GT can be fitted with a new, innovative luggage system which is perfect for travel and lengthy tours. Newly developed hard shell cases are used here for the first time. They provide a generous 55 litres of storage space with a load capacity of up to 10 kg on each side. The cases are splashproof and in the right-hand case - which is slightly larger (the volume on the left is slightly reduced due to the silencer) - there is also room for a helmet if necessary.

BMW Motorrad also offers liners as an ideal supplement to the new touring cases, providing a perfect match in terms of fit and design. A welded inner lining ensures waterproofing. The liners are fitted with both carry handles and removable shoulder straps for convenient transport on arrival at one's destination.

Another option in the luggage range is the system topcase, which offers an additional storage volume of 28 litres as before. As usual it is mounted on the standard luggage carrier.

The newly developed tank bag has a waterproof, size-adjustable main compartment with a volume of 10 or 14 litres and a practical waterproof map compartment. The BMW Motorrad snap-lock system makes for easy fitting here, too.

BMW Motorrad Navigator IV with new connection.

Another new feature of the BMW F 800 GT is the connection of the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV to the handlebar clamp, available as part of the range of BMW Motorrad special accessories. This allows combination with the tank bag, while another advantage is optimum readability.