BMW F800GT (2013-on) Review

Published: 26 February 2014

Completely commendable middleweight tourer/all-rounder, all that's lacking is a little bit of X-Factor

BMW F800GT  (2013-on)

Completely commendable middleweight tourer/all-rounder, all that's lacking is a little bit of X-Factor

  • At a glance
  • 798cc  -  90 bhp
  • 65 mpg  -  180 miles range
  • Low seat height (765mm)
  • £8,290

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The new F800GT is a bike that can do the daily commute in comfort and safety thanks to the updated fairing, screen and standard ABS, before handling a longer weekend ride with a pillion and luggage. It’s even entertaining on some twisty country roads thanks to the sweet handling, decent brakes and nicely rounded engine. Yes, this capability comes at the price of supremacy in any particular field. But for many people this complete ability is the reason to buy the bike. A great all-rounder.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The GT is built to a budget, but is still very well finished. The engine is solid and the level of finish appears high.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

One of the few remaining middleweight sports tourers and at just over £8,000 is good value.

Insurance group: 11 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The GT only comes with ABS as standard. Electronic suspension, traction control and panniers are extra.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their BMW F800GT (2013-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

underrated gem

19 October 2014 by glentrammon

Downsized after 12 yrs of Honda Pans truly fabulous bikes that took us all over Europe without ever breaking down,just got to heavy for me ,Chose the GT because it was the only bike I could find that ticked my requirements... Read more i.e.light,economical,powerful enough,comfortable and in the spec I bought it well equipped .This was the best thing I've done in a long time,the GT is fabulous, it's really brought back the things I love about biking,being able to just jump on it for any type of riding,shopping,twisties,long rides,no more worrying about tight situations.The riding position and comfort is amazing,I can get a genuine 65/70 mpg without trying and for me it's got more than enough power.I've put a touring screen on mine as I found the wind to be noisy with the std screen but that is my only criticism of this bike,people say it's plain and boring but ride one of these for more than just a road test and you will want one,it just does everything,IMO a great bike.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £8,290
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 90 bhp
Max torque 64 ft-lb
Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Specification
Engine size 798cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame type Twin-spar aluminium
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 765mm
Bike weight 213kg
Front suspension 43mm inverted forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Shock, adjustable spring preload and rebound
Front brake 2x320mm discs. four-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x265mm disc, two-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 180/55ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2006 – BMW launch the F800ST, it is dropped from the model range in 2011.

Other versions

The F800R is a naked roadster, F800GS an adventure bike that comes in basic or Adventure format. The F700GS is a basic off-road styled commuter.

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