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

11 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 4.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 3.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.2 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Great bike for real world conditions - not without problems.

14 November 2017 by Guzzie

Needs option of adjustable screen and seat hight. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
Very easy to ride with progressive power deliver and no sudden surges etc. It can be buzzy at higher revs but there is no need to be in the higher range anyway - I've never triggered the rev limiter warning light. I downsized from a much more powerful machine and it's a joy to be on a bike where you can open the throttle and enjoy the power without being 30mph over the speed limit in 3 seconds and constantly having to back off and bumble along frustrated by only being able to enjoy the engine very occasionally. The F800GT is much more enjoyable in every day real world conditions.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Needed to have the gear selector drum changed at 2,800 miles due to a "notchy" action and the leaver not returning to it's rest position between changes. Completed without complaint by BMW under warranty but it should not have happened as I ride very gently and in 40 years riding have never experienced this before.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Second year service with brake fluid etc.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Equipped with both "packs" so has traction control, heated grips, on board computer, tyre pressure monitor, electronic suspension, centre stand etc. Very good.
Buying experience

Very straight forward - BMW dealers do it well. I actually looked into buying a Yamaha Tracer but the dealer was simply disinterested so I walked away.

2 out of 5

Back to the drawing board for this one

27 May 2017 by Greg

What were they thinking? Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
2 out of 5
Irritating vibration and woefully underpowered. My VFR eats it for breakfast.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Overpriced for what it is.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Hard bags work well.
4 out of 5

A bike for all seasons and reasons.

04 May 2017 by Tonylathes

An excellent, easy-to-ride and versatile bike equally at home on long tours or knock-about riding. Ridden sensibly the economy is - for a motorcycle - outstanding with 60 to 65 m.p.g. easily attainable in everyday use. Ridden for economy over 75... Read more mp.g. had been attained, the torquey engine allowing top to be held down to low speeds. The brakes are outstanding, the ride quality plush and handling secure.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
I've ridden continuous journeys across Europe of just under 1000 mile - in decent comfort on the maker's optional "comfort" seat. The fuel tank is, however, at 15 litres, too small and the range a paltry 225 miles - though it's easy, with the tank beneath the seat, to plumb in an extra supply fed through the tank's breather tube.
Engine
4 out of 5
I like the torquey engine - that will also rev. However, the "third-con-rod" balance system is nowhere near as effective as a proper Lanchester rotating shaft and some vibration - similar to that of a BMW flat twin - is evident, though not intrusive.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Nothing has failed or broken - through the exhaust pipes take some cleaning...
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
..but if you need to change the belt it's £450+ - though the maker's recommended 24,000-mile limit is very conservative and many owners report double that mileage. Having a belt and not a chain is wonderful - no more messing with foul and disgusting lubrication rituals - perhaps the £450 is worth it after all.
Equipment
4 out of 5
The latest version of the maker's panniers are, to my mind, far too wide; a better option is the original "egg-like" expanding type that, providing they are not filled to capacity, allow filtering to the width of the mirrors. The screen is inadequate and, if you are old, like me, you'll probably want bar risers and footrest lowering kit. The headlight is hopeless - I've had to fit a xenon on dipped beam - which is what BMW should have done. As mentioned, the fuel tank is too small, the 24-litre unit from the F800 Adventure would be a great improvement.
Buying experience

Bought from a BMW dealer with a little (4%) discount. However, the bike in the colour and specification I required was in stock so that was that.

4 out of 5

Allrounder. City, higway and roads with a lot of corners.

28 March 2017 by Jose

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

im very happy. Its comfortable, fast and ligther. I made 15000 kms/year

4 out of 5

A good, easy to ride all rounder - needs preparing for winter though

22 February 2017 by Jono67

Overall; Good all rounder +ve's - Lightweight, nimble, useable, economical, quick-ish, sweet handling, easy to ride -ve's - 3qtr fairing leaves engine and feet exposed (winter), slightly buzzy at higher revs, bars quite wide (filtering), exposed... Read more hands

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Ride quality is ok. The whole bike feels 'taut'. I would persoanlly like the ESA to soften the ride quality more than it does in 'Comfort' but as it is, its ok. Brakes seem strong (Brembos). Discs are looking a bit rusty and Ive carefully washed it regularly
Engine
4 out of 5
Not bad at all. Quite torquey low down, a bit empty in the middle (shame when overtaking) but with a bit of go at the top. It actually likes to rev which is nice. A little buzzy up the rev range but overall very acceptable
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Generally ok. The worst bit is the 3qtr fairing leaves too much of the engine exposed. Even after a few hundred miles, the sump had taken a pasting (only powder coated). It needs a sump protector of sorts. I ride all year round and because of the lack of lower fairing, my boots are always soaked and filthy from puddles etc. Discs have started rusting
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Too early to say on the servicing costs but a twin should be reasonable even accounting for BMW rates. MPG is impressive. Currently getting high 50's on my commute, hopefully his will rise further.
Equipment
3 out of 5
This where the bike is a little deficient as an all year round bike. It desperately needs (but hasnt got as std) Hugger, rear mudguard extension, Front fender extender + flap, higher screen. Also as the bars are quite wide, it could do with Deauville type hand shields - and lower leg shields!! Mine has TC, ESA, ABS, heated grips, TPMS etc The ESA is of debatable value. Computer is good with lots of functions
Buying experience

Bought as a very low mileage ex demo from Lind BMW. I'd give them 5 stars They have been very helpful and accomodating. Clinton made the whole buying process simple and enjoyable. Recommended

4 out of 5

21 July 2016 by Arny J Rimmer

Does everything you want it to do well without setting your heart on fire Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Good brakes, handles well, beautifully balanced
Engine
3 out of 5
Eager and willing engine but comes with the annoying 'rattle' built in. Apparently this is normal by I find it a little disappointing given the premium brand.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Well built and equipped
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
First service was very reasonable.
Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

Dealer was very good. The BMW buying experience is reassuringly comprehensive and high quality.

5 out of 5

The Best Kept Secret

07 June 2016 by Chris

This is a do-it-all bike. Commute Monday-Friday, then take off on an extended trip. It's comfortable enough for an all day ...like 11 hour ride. Stop for the night, and then repeat. In the twisties, it's a delight. And when you have to use the... Read more motorway, it eats up the miles without straining at all. It combines sport bike handling with wonderful stability in the straights. Put a good set of panniers on it, and take off.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
It's comfortable on the freeway and the Madstad windscreen does an excellent job of letting good clean air flow over the rider. No turbulence. It's quiet and relaxed for all day riding. Riding on a twisty road is effortless. The amount of energy to flick from one corner to the other, takes no effort at all...and leaves you rested for more later.
Engine
4 out of 5
It's a bit noisy...but aren't they all? Earplugs help a lot. The performance is superb. It has more than enough power to exceed my skill level.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No issues yet in 4000 miles. It seems well thought out. The panels, which can be an issue to remove on some bikes, are a breeze to remove. Perhaps more importantly, you don't need to remove anything to do simple things like an oil change. It makes the bike very feasible to maintain yourself.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Running costs are low. Gas mileage is great for an 800cc bike. Premium fuel is more expensive than regular, but isn't that much more expensive. Being a belt drive instead of chain drive, it is a ride and park it bike. At some point in the future, I'll have to replace the belt, but that's not an everyday experience.
Equipment
5 out of 5
If you're thinking of replacing the OEM windscreen, I highly recommend the Madstad windscreen. It is easily the best accessory I have to take the bike from being just suitable for short commutes, to taking it cross-country.
5 out of 5

No problems belt driven do it all middleweight.

06 June 2016 by Hondafan8

Forgiving and easy to ride middleweight. Easy to handle due to relatively light weight. Good gearbox, relatively high-geared. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Fantastic brakes, comfortable for long rides, good handling.
Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Built to a budget, no problems for me, easy to maintain and keep clean. Belt drive is excellent.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Buying experience

Bought bike from dealer, no issues.

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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Read all 11 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £8,290
Used price £4,800 to £10,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £180
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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