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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

BMW placed the F800R as an entry-level, sporty, naked urban machine to slot in amongst myriad of 600cc middleweight bikes eg Yamaha FZ6, Triumph Street Triple, Honda Hornet and so on – even though its engine is 798cc! And we can cheerfully say it fits in. What the BMW conveys is the feel and ride of large capacity bike with a parallel twin engine that can be revved to give the excitement of a sports bike without intimidating anyone.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The 798cc twin lump delivers a sweet mixture of low rpm torque and accessible horsepower. The harder you work it the more the body produces adrenaline. Fuelling is perfect around town and will return a very pleasing 54mpg even when ragged on back roads. But with this excitement, from 5000rpm and on, comes niggling vibrations though the bars and pegs. You get used to this.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The feel of the BMW F800R is taut and precise. The chassis is stiff and the suspension has been developed to work in conjunction with the chassis. Under braking and through the turn the bike is settled and feels compact, solid and… great. The rear shock is a little soft for pillion use but adjustments made (spring preload, damping) actually work. Goodly amount of steering lock and low-ish seat height make the F800R a good traffic-buster.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

To keep the cost down (at £5925 it is relatively cheap for a fun-time BMW) the F800R is as basic as its competitors, suspension and stunning front brakes aside. But if you’ve got the money to spare there’s a ruck of optional extras and accessories available from onboard computer, tyre pressure monitor, ABS, higher/lower seat option (FOC), fly screen, belly pan, panniers etc, etc. Compare and buy products for the BMW F800R in the MCN Shop.

BMW F800R (2009-current)

Detail Value
New price £7,595
Dealer used prices
£4,770 (2009) - £7,290 (2014)
Private used prices
£3,940 (2009) - £6,560 (2014)
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Engine size 798 cc
Power 87 bhp
Top speed 133 mph
Insurance group 12 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

One of the best put together BMW bikes we’ve seen. Everything fits perfectly and the coatings, paint and parts are sweet. But there again most bikes are like this from new. We all assume BMW has a reputation for quality, but there have been a few more complaints over the past 3-4 years, which BMW said it will address. On the plus side the engine is a known quantity because it figures in four other models and is well sorted now.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Very, very competitively priced to start with and there’s the benefit of BMW machines retaining high resale figures even with high mileage, but only if the service record is up to date. Find a BMW F800R for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 12 of 17

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Model History

2009: BMW F800R UK introduction.

Other Versions

The F800R’s chassis is based on half-faired sports F800S, but comes with a stiffer double-sided swingarm. There’s also the sport-touring version imaginatively called the F800ST. The same engine is used in the incredible F800GS Dakar-styled adventure bike and softer tuned F650GS (yes, yes confusingly it has the 798cc engine).

Specifications

Top speed 133 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 87 bhp
Max torque 63.5 ft-lb
Weight 199 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 54 mpg
Tank range 190 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 12 of 17
Engine size 798 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, parallel twin four-stroke. Six gears
Frame Aluminium dual beam
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Spring preload, rebound damping
Front brakes 2 x 320mm disc with 4-piston calipers
Rear brake 265mm disc with one-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(12 reviews)

  • F800r

    olivier1015

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Very easy to ride , great for commuting it has enough power when revved hard however easy to manage in London traffic when taken easy. Very Reliable bike so far so good !

    10 July 2014

  • BMW F800R

    alfred53

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I must agree that the bike can be a little snatchy at idle speeds but after some practice using the clutch to smooth things out it isn't an issue at all. Also agrees it can ping a little on heavy throttle at under about 2,800 but, again, no big deal here. I used a plug and play item that tricks the management system into thinking it's 20C cooler than it is (no problems here in Sydney) and that has richened up the mixture and helped a lot. No other issues though. A stable, great handling bike that inspires confidence, my friends on their 1000s and bigger are struggling to maintain pace in give and take situations. Top speed may be less but what does that matter on a naked bike. Fuel consumption can run to 70mpg doddling around. It is comfortable (for my 5'11 inches), well finished and has plenty of real world useable power. The vibrations they speak of are just no issue to those who are used to singles or twins. I have every factory option except panniers and flyscreen, plus centre stand, 12V socket and Oggie Knobs. If you can buy one with all the fruit it will sell better down the track. Best overall bike I've had

    11 January 2013

  • F800R(T)?

    etienne_bear

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've had my F800R (with all the options ticked) for 6-months or so now and have almost converted it to a F800RT, including Autocom, DAB Radio, IPod connection and Satnav. The only way I could find to add a touring-standard windscreen that works was to combine three diferent aftermarket products, but it's sorted now. I've also added bar risers and just need to improve the seat comfort for longer journeys, but it's great already for my daily commute. It's a fantastic bike that combines the right amount of performance with frugal use of the juice. If it had a comfy seat and an option for a decent screen, it would get 5 stars.

    05 July 2011

  • 18 month update...

    Hedgehog5

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike just gets better... at 20K miles the engine is fully run-in now & pulls much more smoothly. Only fault I've had was an indicator switch replaced without question under warranty. New Skidmarx screen (£68) looks the part (fits over the stock screen) & makes m-ways a doddle. Taken it 2-up across Europe & got better economy (60mpg) than my normal 40mile commute. Luggage/pillion no problem. Even the chain is no hassle lasting longer & without adjustment than any other I've had (no Scottoiler). Finish is good enough to withstand UK winter use. When this has done too many miles I'll have another.

    01 March 2011

  • Touring Tool too!

    GARETH OLLEY

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I thought I would just add a further update on my F800R following a weeks touring trip around the Scottish Highlands. I've got the BMW panniers with my bike and, coupled with a Kriega tail pack and Baglux system, the bike easily carried all the kit I needed for a week away. Prior to heading up North, I had a pair of the new Bridgestone BT023 tyres fitted - they're awesome in both wet and dry conditions! The bike hasn't missed a beat in over 1300 miles of day after day riding - it's economy is awesome, handling tremendous and performance more than enough to leave every other bike behind on the twisties. (I went with lads on VFR's, GSX-R 1000's and a mixture of big tourers! If you're considering a naked street bike you must try this one before discounting it - BMW have created a revelation! ;-)

    20 July 2010

  • Warning

    Hedgehog5

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Headlamp replacement £240!!!... it's very vulnerable on today's post-winter, gravel strewn roads... get a protector or petition BMW to sell the lens separately.

    08 April 2010

  • Covers every angle

    TopScot

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I have owned my F800R for one month and I am loving it. I have added quite a lot accessories to it- ABS, heated grips, Akrapovic end can, fairing, R & G protection, BMC air filter, Ilmberger carbon hugger, luggage..... This means it covers every angle. The strong points are the brakes, low weight, nice exhaust growl, comfortable seat and funky looks. There are no down sides. I did consider a Ducati 696 and Triumph Street Triple R but the Ducati is awkward in slow moving traffic and the Triumph makes a horrible supercharger like squealing noise. Also, the Triumph Street Triple R has the worst looking headlights of any bike I have seen in the metal.

    09 March 2010

  • Great for what I want...

    Hedgehog5

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Done 6000 winter miles on mine now & I can't fault it... rock solid engine, good handling, great OEM kit. I'm surprised BMW don't do a higher screen for it & the aftermarket suppliers haven't quite cottoned on yet tho there are some. Engine hasn't quite got the low rev punch of the singles or boxers but once you get it spinning it's fine... roll on the summer!

    07 March 2010

  • Most practical in class!

    GARETH OLLEY

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have had numerous bikes from Supermoto's to a Honda SP-1. Prior to my new F800r I was running a Triumph Sprint ST (1050) as my main bike. Although very good it just didn't really stir my soul enough so I was planning on getting a Speed Triple. However, following an impromptu visit to Southport Superbikes I saw my F800r sitting there with panniers, ABS, heated grips, Acropovic can, BMW rear raxck etc, etc..... I took it for a test ride and what a surprise! O.K. so it's never going to be 'set your pants on fire' fast, but how fast do you want to go on a naked bike - believe me, 133mph is quick enough when your head is bouncing around in the wind!! All I will say is if you're thinking about it, give it a go - you might like it!! ;-)

    23 February 2010

  • Great all-rounder

    Fenderdog

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    @owensj Your review is so over the top and such a fabrication that I really have my doubts about your intentions. Let me tell you that I did make several test rides and have a completely different experience. The bike is very smooth, comfortable and easy to ride. Great fuel economy. At the end I did not yet go for it ($$), but its absolutely #1 at my shortlist.

    04 January 2010

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davecjd

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Jerkiness

Chaps, I've got an F800R Chris Pfeiffer Edition and I wouldn't say the throttle is that bad, try riding a KTM Superduke if you think that's aggressive.  It's like every new bike, you ride it differently, you can't compare it to a 4 cylinder like a Z750!

19 November 2010 21:12

MrRobbs

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F800R Test Ride

I would agree with owensi comments. The bike supplied by Park Lane was snatchy and lurchy, this was on a dead still throttle. The gearing seemed high, so to smooth things out I was slipping the clutch around Marble Arch. Open the throttle below 2,500 and predetonation (pinking) occured,very noisy. It even back fired. Pity as the bike ticked all by requirements as a motorcycle trainer. Are they all like this? It was a pleasure to get back on an ER5 to go home.

26 July 2010 16:06

GarethOlley

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Headlight Protector.

 

In answer to the concerns of 'Hedgehog5', I have fitted a Ventura clear headlight protector to mine. It didn't cost much (can't remember how much but it was less than £30 I think), and you don't even notice it's there to look at. In view of a replacement unit costing £240 I would strongly recommend one! ;-)

20 July 2010 10:46

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