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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

BMW set out to turn its 800GS into an authentic adventure bike and on this first showing have certainly achieved just that. Basically it’s an 800GS with a bigger (underseat) tank, extended bodywork and a host of options. Think of it as a ‘3/4 version of the 1200 Adventure’ (even though, at 800cc, it’s actually 2/3) and you should get the idea. Or, to put it another way, a Range Rover Sport compared to the 1200’s full blown Range Rover. That car has all of the style, accoutrements and, virtually, ability of the bigger original but at a far more affordable price and has proved a huge success as a result. Exactly the same is true of BMW’s new 800 Adventure: it’s credible, effective and more affordable. As I said at the beginning: if only they’d done it earlier…

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The basic parallel twin motor and rolling chassis are unchanged from the standard F800GS (which itself has been updated for 2013), being a proven 85bhp @ 7500rpm, and 61ft-lb @ 5750rpm balance-shaft equipped unit. The thrummy, useful, parallel twin is exactly as remembered from other models – flexible, practical, with a fat, effective midrange and yet enough curdly character and top end vim to entertain. There’s nothing intimidating or wanting here.

Ride and Handling

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The ride, though in this guise surrounded by all sorts of Adventure paraphernalia, is equally unintimidating and effective yet with enough poise to please. While inevitably a touch tall and squishy, like any off-roader, with the benefit of ESA and firmed-up front and rear damping in ‘Sport’ mode via a couple of dabs of a button, the 800A steers as sharp and yet stays as stable as any trailie has a right to.

Equipment

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The 1200 Adventure always gave the impression (usually through optional factory extras, admittedly) of being blinged up with goodies and, to be credible, the 800 simply had to do the same. BMW has achieved that by cleverly offering the 800A in two specifications – the standard, basic if you like, £9650 Enduro and the posher £10,535 ‘Travel Edition’, which comes with ASC traction control (including Enduro mode), heated grips, LED riding lights, on-board computer, centre stand and optional of-road tyres.

BMW F800GS Adventure (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £9,650
Dealer used prices
£7,770 (2013) - £9,700 (2014)
Private used prices
£6,990 (2013) - £8,730 (2014)
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Engine size 798 cc
Power 85 bhp
Top speed mph
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
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Difficult to be too judgemental at this stage, but on first impressions, quality seems up to the usual, high BMW standard while in terms of reliability, with the engine and chassis being unchanged, proven 800GS items, there seems little reason to worry.

Value

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Just shy of £10K for the basic version isn’t exactly cheap, but does offer an entry into the true ‘Adventure’ segment for a full £3K less than its 1200cc bigger brother. The one to go for, though, is the Travel Pack which is bristling with all the adventure style goodies you’d expect – for nearly £2K less than even a basic 1200.

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Model History

2013: Model launched

Other Versions

‘Travel Edition’ which comes with ASC traction control (including Enduro mode), heated grips, LED riding lights, on-board computer, centre stand and optional of-road tyres.

Specifications

Top speed mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 85 bhp
Max torque 61 ft-lb
Weight 229 kg
Seat height 890 mm
Fuel capacity 24 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 798 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, dohc, 8v parallel twin. 6 gears, chain drive
Frame Tubular steel trellis, cast aluminium swing arm
Front suspension adjustment 43mm inverted telescopic forks
Rear suspension adjustment Monoshock with preload and rebound damping adjust, optional ESA
Front brakes 2 x 300mm discs with twin-piston caliper and ABS
Rear brake 265mm disc with single-piston caliper and ABS
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

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