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

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 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

3 owners have 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.

Review your BMW F800GT (2013-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 3.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Great all rounder

03 June 2015 by generously

The bike is easy to ride Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes are strong with good progressive feel, the ABS is amazing, I've had a SMIDYS and the bike stops much faster in an emergency than you'd ever be able to without ABS. Probably would have been a collision without it. I've done 2 touring with top box and panniers. Plenty of room for rider and pillion. The bike is relaxed cruising on the motorway with all the weight, but 800cc isn't quite enough to pull fast. It's a very comfortable bike for the most part, but while touring your bum might hurt a bit after a couple hours (at least mine does and so did my pillion's).
Engine
4 out of 5
A little 'dull' and sounds a bit rubbish with the standard exhaust. However, the power delivery is perfectly tuned for the bike. Plenty of low down torque with an almost flast torque curve, with 90bhp at the top end. Surprisingly when riding fast it actually likes to rev and becomes a bit more lively in the top end than the bottom end. Has low vibes below 5K rpm but above that the bike becomes a bit vibey, however in 6th gear you'd be going over 90 at that, so unless you're looking for a 90+mph comfortable cruise this isn't an issue. Anywhere upwads of 85ish the bike is relaxed and always very stable thanks to the long wheelbase.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Very well built with a high quality finish, belt drive is amazing and makes me never want a chain driven bike again (I commute all year long). Dash looks nice, all the levers and pedals are well set up and nice to use.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
The bike itself is not bad value for an 800cc sports tourer, especially for a BMW. However, BMW servicing is quite expensive, so be prepared for that, and those are every 6k miles and anually.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Must have: Comfort Package: (Heated Grips, On-board Computer, Main Centre Stand, Pannier Fastenings) - especially if commuting throughout the year. Nice to have but definitely not essential: Dynamic Package (ESA,ASC & Tyre Pressure Control) - the ESA is great for adjusting rebound on the fly if you ride often two up, or when doing a mixture of slow bumpy city roads and motorway on your commute (I use Comfort and Normal every day). ASC I don't even think I've activated and you'd have to be doing something very stupid to do so like giving it a fistfull in the rain. The TPMS is actually pretty useful, I've had a flat on the bike, and saw it coming as it was a slow leak got it repaired when I got home.
Buying experience

Got mine from Park Lane. Couldn't recommend them enough, they are polite, helpful and very much there to aid you in your purchase, didn't feel they were 'pushy' at all.

5 out of 5

02 June 2015 by lancer58

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Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £8,290
Used price £6,500 to £9,600
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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