The GT is a surprisingly nimble performer and as it is a whopping 46kg lighter than an RT, it is far less intimidating. The ESA makes the suspension firmer and more responsive and if you are after a bike that’s smaller and lighter than a huge adventure bike or giant tourer yet can still cover off daily duties with ease, then the F800GT could be the ticket. Likewise, if you want to step up from a smaller bike with something that can combine enough performance and good comfort, then this could be you new perfect partner.
Although the parallel twin engine has the reputation of being dull, this isn’t the case. It’s smooth throughout almost all of the rev range, has enough torque to be comfortable bimbling along at 30mph in fourth before pulling smoothly away. It likes to be revved, too, which took a little getting used to, and it sounds nice with an aftermarket can fitted. Riding the GT with the mindset of a tourer meant using the torque, but once we were on faster roads revving the engine was surprisingly rewarding. Fuel economy from the F800 motor has always been a strong point with a gently ridden bike capable of almost 80mpg.
The GT is built to a budget, but is still very well finished. The engine is solid and the level of finish appears high.
One of the few remaining middleweight sports tourers and at just over £8,000 is good value.
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The GT only comes with ABS as standard. Electronic suspension, traction control and panniers are extra.