SACHS 800 (2000-2004) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Part roadster, part sportsbike, part cruiser and the result is a slightly disappointing"

Sachs Roadster 800 motorcycle review - Riding

"Part roadster, part sportsbike, part cruiser and the result is a slightly disappointing"

  • At a glance
  • 805cc  -  57 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (770mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The Sachs boasts gorgeous design with excellent build quality and ought to be better than it is. It seems a bit busy, trying to be part roadster, part sportsbike, part cruiser and the result is a slightly disappointing, split-personality that doesn’t really deliver on any level. You can have fun and it’ll make you smile… But it’s unlikely to ever have you screaming into your crash helmet for more.

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The handling’s pretty good, with wide bars, and it’s easy to tip in to corners. Push it harder and you’ll soon feel it’s weight, however. The brakes are fantastic and have loads of feel and the gearbox is good. It’s vibey through the bars and pegs at higher speeds whilst the suspension’s good, rather than great.

Engine 4 out of 5

The V-twin engine’s a Suzuki number (it’s used to power their VL800 Intruder) and it’s very much a cruiser job which doesn’t sit entirely well in the Roadster’s chassis. It has plenty of torque, as you’d expect, low down and in the midrange, but still not quite enough power to match the bike’s flingable leanings.

 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The Roadster’s built to a high standard but those gold-coloured USD forks do look slightly out of place. The engine’s a tough one, even if it doesn’t suit the bike terribly well, so reliability shouldn’t be a problem. Sachs’ bikes are hand built so precision and care in their construction is paramount. Good.

Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5

Hmm… Not that great. It’s funky and different but has a bit of an identity crisis. A roadster that wants to scratch but is held back by an engine which is tuned for cruising: somehow it doesn’t all add up. Either buy a cheaper (and far superior) Suzuki SV650 if you want to throw something around or opt for a dedicated cruiser instead. Find a Sachs Roadster for sale.

Insurance group: 10 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The big, wide seat houses rider and pillion comfortably and there’s a grabrail at the back. The mirrors work well, as does the headlight. It’s naked as standard but a small screen is a popular modification. The wire-spoked wheels, chrome-housed clocks and shaft drive add appeal.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their SACHS 800 (2000-2004) 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 4.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 3.7 out of 5
4 out of 5

800 roadster

07 August 2009 by buzz49

ihave only had this bike 6 months (feb 09 till present aug 09)its got 25000 on the clock. i had to put a new clutch init and no help from the delers (useles) warenty.(jax of york).othr than that it is a comfey ride handels realy well stopers are... Read more fantastic.and i have just returned from 2weeks touring the peaks of europe in northen spain with no problems at all.its a good alyear use bike and totaly under rated.

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

Stunning Sachs

24 May 2008 by frankjames64

I've had mine for 18 months, so what it isn't the fastest 800cc machine out there but it's totally reliable and very usable. Yeah it does vibrate a bit at higher speeds but I like that, afterall I'm riding a motorcycle not driving a fucking mondeo. Read more

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

Rare beast

03 July 2007 by richmaz

It's July 2007 and I'm surprised no one has commented on this bike to date. I've had mine for nearly 2 years now (it's actually a b-805). It's been totally reliable, has plenty of character, comfy, surprising capable of scratching and always a... Read more conversation piece (good not bad!!) Picked mine up for £4400 with 3X custom black paint job, but seen clearance bikes new going for little more than £3200 - now that's a bargain. If you're on a budget and want something a bit different but without the hassle (remember it has a Suzuki engine with sweet gearbox and shaft drive!)try and track one of these down.

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

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2000
Year discontinued 2004
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 10 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 57 bhp
Max torque 52 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.2 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 805cc
Engine type 8v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel spine
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 770mm
Bike weight 209kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2000: Model launched.
2004: Model discontinued.

 

Other versions

Roadster 650: Also launched in 2000, this is a 50bhp, single cylinder four stroke, weighing in at a much-sprightlier 164kg.


 

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