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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)

  • A cracking bike!

    bandk7

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is a fantastic bike and you're getting a lot of quality and value at a pretty decent bike (especially for BMW). If you've never been interested in the usual BMW motorbikes than I would recomend taking a look at this one before your next buy - it's not what you would expect. It's great fun to ride, solid and very stable on the road. Strengths: The best part is it's low down torque that just pulls and pulls when you open the throttle - a wonderful feeling! Weaknesses: If only it had full fairing for less cleaning...

    17 October 2006

  • Returned after 35 years, considered Honda CBF1000 and F800ST, but this looks better.

    Scampo

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Comfortable, powerful with bags of torque and useful computer readouts.Characterful sound. I just love this bike. It's forgiving way of handling has helped me after such a long time away. Had ABS, centre stand, computer trips and panier mounts added. Strengths: Engaging looks, torque, quality and comfort. Weaknesses: Fairing and screen could give better protection. Expensive add ons.

    14 July 2006

  • Punchy perfromance and great handling but expensive with all the necessary extras.

    harrypaul

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Strengths: Great handling, superb engine, easy to handle. Weaknesses: Wind protection from screen is poor at motorway speeds. Mirrors are almost useless.

    30 June 2006

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huntley53

huntley53says

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

geoffrobbosays

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

John_Nsays

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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