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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

A revolutionary addition to the BMW stable, the BMW F800S has filled the yawning chasm between the marque’s 650 motorcycles and 1200 motorcycles with power, style and charisma. The BMW F800S has an excellent engine, superb handling and everyday usability to make it a bike you could learn to ride on yet keep, and enjoy, a very long time after you’ve got your motorcycle licence.

 

Watch the BMW F800 take on Aprilia's 850 Shiver, Suzuki's SV650 and Triumph's Street Triple

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The BMW F800S is a wonderful motorcycle out on the open road, less inspiring in town. At a pace, there’s huge torque and acceleration but stick the BMW F800S in traffic and it labours as you struggle to minimise the jumpy throttle response. It’s a real powerhouse motorcycle though: fast riding is a dream on this motorcycle while overtakes will make your hair curl. Roughly equated to a decent, 600cc sports motorcycle's performance.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The BMW F800S' sporty riding position encourages silliness but it’s not too extreme: you can do sane too, if you like, and it won’t complain. The motorcycle is heavy but holds the road well, handling’s brilliant and the BMW F800S takes off like there’s no tomorrow. The gearing’s a bit stroppy but the brakes are great. The BMW F800S is a more agile motorcycle than you’d imagine.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Ooooh, lovely! Fuel gauge, gear indicator, adjustable levers, and a bar-mounted control button to run through the endless digital readouts on your comprehensive dash: superb! Fuel goes in at the rear of the motorcycle and pillion provision is good, too. The BMW F800S' belt drive is great for the non-mechanics among us.

BMW F800S (2006–2010)

Detail Value
New price £7,450
Dealer used prices
£3,250 (2006) - £4,750 (2009)
Private used prices
£2,950 (2006) - £4,280 (2009)
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Engine size 798 cc
Power 84.5 bhp
Top speed 140 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Unquestionably good. BMW’s build quality is excellent and the BMW F800S doesn’t let it down one bit. Reliability is equally revered, and with good reason. The BMW F800S is a well put together motorcycle and accommodating loads of well thought out little extras, the motorcycle is built (not just marketed) to really last.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

… Which is why it costs so much. Compared to rival motorcycle, the Suzuki SV650, the BMW F800S is a wallet-crusher, but you get that reliability, peace of mind and extra-special aftersales service which makes the whole motorcycle ownership shebang one hell of a lot more satisfying. Still, the really rather nice Kawasaki Z750 is quite a bit cheaper than the BMW F800S too. Find a BMW F800S for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

2006: BMW F800S Model launched, along with the BMW F800ST (sport touring) version. ABS available for both motorcycles as an extra.

Other Versions

BMW F800ST: Fully-faired, sport touring motorcycle. The same bike but with a few little changes: taller screen, higher bars, luggage rack and a more upright riding position.
ABS VERSIONS: Both the BMW F800S and BMW F800ST come with the option of ABS. It’s a good system, although can prove a bit “on and off” where you actually want more smooth progression. Standard brakes on both motorcycles work well, however.

Specifications

Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.1 secs
Max power 84.5 bhp
Max torque 59.5 ft-lb
Weight 182 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 798 cc
Engine specification
Frame Aluminium beam
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload and rebound
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 265mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(23 reviews)

  • bmw f800s/st

    spenhouse

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    On my second f800 now, First did 21,500 miles went down to south of Morocco on an "S" model kitted out, 67 mpg in all weather and climate. Unfortunately had a head on crash 2,100 miles from home, bike saved me, no injuries but after riding it all way home it was written off,(100 pc to Carole Nash). Now on second bike, f800st, same attributes, very safe and comfy and very economical. Have you noticed what high mileages owners of this model cover?

    13 December 2008

  • Working Bike

    k1000gt

    Average rating rating is 4

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    We have got a 800ST for our mobile service engineer and we have had it for 2 months,so far we have been averaging 60+MPG and on a metzler Z6 rear we got just over 7000 miles!great bike,great handling,very cost effective

    26 November 2008

  • This is a GREAT all around bike

    luvmybmw

    Average rating rating is 5

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    It had been 25 years since owning my last motorcycle. I had always wanted a BMW so I started to do some homework. I read all the reviews of the different BMW bikes. I wanted a motorcycle that was fun to rideand easy to handle, it had to have many safety features I was looking for (ABS, self-canceling turn signals). I wanted it to be smooth, reliable and great on gas. Well, I found the perfect bike, a 2007 BMW F800S. It is all of those things and more. It is also sporty. I even added the side bags and top case for touring. This bike is a dream. It is VERY comfortable as well. It gets great gas mileage. The specs say 38 mpg, but I get 60 mpg doing 70 mph. If I get on it I still get high 40's to low 50's. It handles like a cat on carpet. Love the torque curve on this bike, not too touchy, very smooth and fast. If you are looking for one GREAT motorcycle the F800 is is a very terrifc motorcycle. I can't stay off it :-).

    06 June 2008

  • Great Bike

    silks59

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have owned the bike now for over a year and have done over 9000 miles across europe, a few 9 hr days and its done everything I have asked of it, great tourer, I wont be selling it !!

    28 May 2008

  • My baby

    HugoB

    Average rating rating is 4

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    What a rush. When you hit 5-8k revs from 2nd to 3rd to 4th and are doing a fair whack in the blink of an eye, you know you made the right choice. I bought a one year old S version, and bought full luggage kit to boot. Tob box is small which is annoying (had old givi E52 on my old SV). Engine cuts out when you whang the throttle open at traffic lights, or popping the revs to hold your balance at low speeds - can be VERY annoying and embarrasing. Customer service is fantastic.

    03 January 2008

  • What a fantastic bike!!!

    okmate

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've had my F800s nearly a year now and i love it more and more every time i go out for a ride. Stick it in fourth gear on a nice sweeping country lane and you can just play with the throttle as the response from the sublime parallel twin engine gives you so much feed back. Just fitted a skidmarx double bubble screen and an akrapovic exhaust. The screen is a massive improvement over the stock version and the exhaust gives the bike a little more punch with a great sounding note. I have also found the the new exhaust has cured the low speed stuttering that i used to get. I use this bike all year round and find it can handle anything i ask of it. Great value too.

    22 December 2007

  • It's a great bike but...

    sweetcorn309

    Average rating rating is 4

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    It's not perfect. I agree with all the positive comments so far, but must say 1) the gearbox is sh*te, 2) the ST screen directs wind (and flies) straight onto your visor and the noise even at modest speeds can be deafening - and yes I wear plugs, 3) 2nd gear roll-on/off is snatchy as hell. However, I commute 60 miles per day with plenty of overtakes and still average 66 mpg!

    24 October 2007

  • First bike from direct access

    rogernshelton

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Tried the ST preferred the S. Can ride it like a tourer or sports bike. First bike from direct access - 4500 miles in 4 months, 63 mpg, £250 insurance - no oil added. Goes and corners better than I can - don't think I'll reach its limits any time soon. Definitely recommended for first medium/big bike.

    18 September 2007

  • ST version

    mabow

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Top bike. Quality build, fantastic ride. Just going in for a 6k service after 6 months. I find it an easy commuter bike, superbly balanced and easy to flip around. Gearbox and drive pulley mods are essential [warranty]. Highly recommended.

    22 June 2007

  • A great bike with ABS, on-board computer, heated grips & excellent belt drive.

    coinneachshanks

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought this bike new two months ago and currently I would not exchange it for anything else. It is a joy to ride. Twisty roads are a delight. And it's rather eye-catching if you like that sort of thing. Still running it in and it's getting better!
    Strengths: It has splendid balance. I swear it could stand up on its own without a side stand. Light and manoeuvrable. Much torque. Weaknesses: Very minor weaknesses like uncertain first to neutral, false neutrals - the usual!

    02 November 2006

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huntley53

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Poor finish quality

I scratch my head at the designers from BMW. They design a bike thats perfect for everyday use the whole year through. Belt-drive, heated grips, very ecconomical, fast enough, ideal riding position,ABS, outside temp guage, long distance riding, commuting, it does everything and is still fun for the weekends and does what you ask of it. Sooooo, why does various screws and bolts RUST? Why does the engine block and covers show corrosion, and the coating flake off after ONE winter?
I have owned this bike since 2008, riden 40,000kms everywhere and have enjoyed it immensely. But I am so bitterly dissapointed with the corrosion problems. My local dealer here in Germany was equaly annoyed and infromed BMW of the lowering of standards by them. They didnt want to know, and said I should rinse it down after every ride in winter!! Ha ha ha, ever tried that when its dark and -5°C when you go to work and the bike stands there all day in the weather? You come home in the dark and its below freezing again......rinse it down again??? Get real BMW, we are not all hobby bikers. I have owned several bikes since the 70s, and this one suffered the most in winter.
BMW, improve your finish in what is really a great bike.

09 April 2011 15:27

UnluckySaxon

UnluckySaxonsays

@ geoffrobbo

@ Geoffrobbo

 

It sounds like something to do with the Idling switch/air hoses/airbox. I had something sounding similar after my 12k service when BMW replaced air hoses and stuff. They said it was something to do with the idling switch, but it was clearly a knock on from something they had done.

 

Check F800riders.org for all your F800 queries and you'll find what your looking for definitely.

 

Rory

04 March 2011 10:59

geoffrobbo

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BMW F800 ST Cutting Out

I have a BMW F800ST which I ride in Thailand. After a short run of about 20km it starts cutting out. Then it cuts out almost every couple of km particularly at low revs. I note that some comments say that the problem is now solved. What is the solution? The BMW Bike agent in Bangkok was unable to fix at the lst service. Any ideas??

10 February 2011 09:37

chocolateman

chocolatemansays

f800s mpg

I have read the review and stat's for the F800s, the review is great but the details on the stat's for mpg are wrong. I have the first f800s in Northern Ireland (june 2006) and have all the extras so have been able to check the mpg. On a easy trip to sligo from a full tank not going over 70mph I got 250miles to a tank (16litres) and on motorways up to 68mpg.... Hard ride about 50mpg(at over70mph) One of the best sport and touring bikes I have ever had and so user friendly..

05 February 2009 20:40

John_N

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F800S

Had a VFR (vtec model) before buying the F800S. Talk about chalk and cheese! The wee beemer is light, torquey, mega comfortable and even with "spirited" riding returns about 55MPG. Recently had a few days oop North with the bird on the back (and luggage) and the handling was still bloody excellent! Build quality appears first class. The mirror stalks could do with being a bit longer and the brakes (ABS option) feel a wee bit 'wooden' initially, but they do the business! In summary it's a bloody good bike. A belly pan would finish it off nicely though!

07 June 2008 22:52

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