BMW F800GS ADVENTURE (2013-on) Review

Published: 08 July 2013

"BMW set out to turn its 800GS into an authentic adventure bike and on this first showing have certainly achieved just that"

BMW F800GS ADVENTURE  (2013-on)

"BMW set out to turn its 800GS into an authentic adventure bike and on this first showing have certainly achieved just that"

  • At a glance
  • 798cc  -  85 bhp
  • 50 mpg  -  270 miles range
  • Insurance group: 12 of 17
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  • High seat height (890mm)
  • New: £9,760

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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…

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

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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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £9,760
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 12 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 85 bhp
Max torque 61 ft-lb
Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 270 miles
Specification
Engine size 798cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, dohc, 8v parallel twin. 6 gears, chain drive
Frame type Tubular steel trellis, cast aluminium swing arm
Fuel capacity 24 litres
Seat height 890mm
Bike weight 229kg
Front suspension 43mm inverted telescopic forks
Rear suspension Monoshock with preload and rebound damping adjust, optional ESA
Front brake 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

History & Versions

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.

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