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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Sachs boasts gorgeous design with excellent build quality and ought to be better than it is. It seems a bit busy, trying to be part roadster, part sportsbike, part cruiser and the result is a slightly disappointing, split-personality that doesn’t really deliver on any level. You can have fun and it’ll make you smile… But it’s unlikely to ever have you screaming into your crash helmet for more.



MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The V-twin engine’s a Suzuki number (it’s used to power their VL800 Intruder) and it’s very much a cruiser job which doesn’t sit entirely well in the Roadster’s chassis. It has plenty of torque, as you’d expect, low down and in the midrange, but still not quite enough power to match the bike’s flingable leanings.


Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The handling’s pretty good, with wide bars, and it’s easy to tip in to corners. Push it harder and you’ll soon feel it’s weight, however. The brakes are fantastic and have loads of feel and the gearbox is good. It’s vibey through the bars and pegs at higher speeds whilst the suspension’s good, rather than great.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The big, wide seat houses rider and pillion comfortably and there’s a grabrail at the back. The mirrors work well, as does the headlight. It’s naked as standard but a small screen is a popular modification. The wire-spoked wheels, chrome-housed clocks and shaft drive add appeal.

Sachs Roadster 800 (2000-2004)

Detail Value
Engine size 805 cc
Power 57 bhp
Top speed 110 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 2 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Roadster’s built to a high standard but those gold-coloured USD forks do look slightly out of place. The engine’s a tough one, even if it doesn’t suit the bike terribly well, so reliability shouldn’t be a problem. Sachs’ bikes are hand built so precision and care in their construction is paramount. Good.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Hmm… Not that great. It’s funky and different but has a bit of an identity crisis. A roadster that wants to scratch but is held back by an engine which is tuned for cruising: somehow it doesn’t all add up. Either buy a cheaper (and far superior) Suzuki SV650 if you want to throw something around or opt for a dedicated cruiser instead. Find a Sachs Roadster for sale.


Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

2000: Model launched.
2004: Model discontinued.


Other Versions

Roadster 650: Also launched in 2000, this is a 50bhp, single cylinder four stroke, weighing in at a much-sprightlier 164kg.



Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.2 secs
Max power 57 bhp
Max torque 52 ft-lb
Weight 209 kg
Seat height 770 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 805 cc
Engine specification 8v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel spine
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(3 reviews)

  • 800 roadster



    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    ihave only had this bike 6 months (feb 09 till present aug 09)its got 25000 on the clock. i had to put a new clutch init and no help from the delers (useles) warenty.(jax of york).othr than that it is a comfey ride handels realy well stopers are fantastic.and i have just returned from 2weeks touring the peaks of europe in northen spain with no problems at all.its a good alyear use bike and totaly under rated.

    07 August 2009

  • Stunning Sachs


    Average rating rating is 4

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    Quality and Reliabilty

    I've had mine for 18 months, so what it isn't the fastest 800cc machine out there but it's totally reliable and very usable. Yeah it does vibrate a bit at higher speeds but I like that, afterall I'm riding a motorcycle not driving a fucking mondeo.

    24 May 2008

  • Rare beast


    Average rating rating is 4

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    It's July 2007 and I'm surprised no one has commented on this bike to date. I've had mine for nearly 2 years now (it's actually a b-805). It's been totally reliable, has plenty of character, comfy, surprising capable of scratching and always a conversation piece (good not bad!!) Picked mine up for £4400 with 3X custom black paint job, but seen clearance bikes new going for little more than £3200 - now that's a bargain. If you're on a budget and want something a bit different but without the hassle (remember it has a Suzuki engine with sweet gearbox and shaft drive!)try and track one of these down.

    03 July 2007


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Hi there - could you give me your advice? I have heard the Sachs 800 is vibey at high speed - How vibey and at what speed? I am thinking of buying one!
Thanks, Mike

19 June 2011 17:53


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I don't have one but this review seems a bit unfair particularly if compared to the Honda NTV review! There is one at work which I have admired a few times. Finnish and build quality seems better than Japanese. Ok so its not a sports bike but its a quality built roadster that will appeal to the more mature rider or the commuter. Since it uses Japanese Motor and gearbox spares should be gettable.... There really arn't many small shaft drive bikes (e.g only one other below 200KG and 800cc that isn't a custom).

For someone who wants a fairly small shaft drive bike it seems like the only alternative to the Moto Guzzi (Assuming they don't want a full weight tourer like a Deauville or a Custom ).

20 November 2009 10:20

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