BMW F800GS

The F800GS represents a new direction for me as I normally ride sportsbikes. To kick things off I’m going to head to the Highlands and explore some of our great isle’s finest asphalt offerings.
james.archibald@motorcyclenews.com

  • MCN Fleet: Bye-bye Beemer

    14 February 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Bye-bye Beemer

    Time for the BMW F800GS to return I’ve had a fantastic experience with BMW's middleweight adventure option, but the time has sadly come for the F800GS to return. I must admit, when I took delivery of...

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  • MCN Fleet: A dim view of the F800GS

    04 November 2016 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: A dim view of the F800GS

    It’s reached that depressing time of the year when the clocks go all topsy-turvy and night encroaches a lot sooner than it should. The extra riding about in the dark has highlighted that the headlamp...

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  • MCN Fleet: The F800GS does the dirty, again

    23 September 2016 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: The F800GS does the dirty, again

    One of the things that I’ve been adamant that I wanted to do while I have the F800GS this year is learn to ride off-road. Having never taken to the dirt previously. I’ve done this by attending a...

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  • MCN Fleet: The GS is booting up to go off-road

    15 September 2016 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: The GS is booting up to go off-road

    Back in June I took the F800GS and myself off-road for the first time at the Sweet Lamb Adventure Bike Academy. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done on a motorcycle and is something I promised...

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  • MCN Fleet: The GS goes back to the workshop

    07 September 2016 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: The GS goes back to the workshop

    So the GS has just clocked up over 14,000-miles and I have to be honest, though a lot of those have been covered on the motorway, it has also had somewhat of a hard life. Using the BMW off road and on...

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  • MCN Fleet: The GS takes a trip home

    24 August 2016 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: The GS takes a trip home

    I arrived back to the familiarity of my small cul-de-sac at 1:30am after having ridden solidly for nearly 16 hours; tackling the 820-miles from Berlin on my trusty F800GS after attending the...

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  • MCN Fleet: Time for the GS to get a refresh

    10 August 2016 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Time for the GS to get a refresh

    So the GS is booked in for its 12,000-mile service at Balderstons BMW in Peterborough. It’s a big milestone for the bike, and will see its valve clearances checked, air filter replaced along with the...

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  • MCN Fleet: F800GS is back on stable ground

    27 July 2016 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: F800GS is back on stable ground

    The Continental TKC70s that have been on the GS have been replaced after 7000 miles of cautious road riding with Michelin's more tarmac-focused Anake III tyres. The difference between the two was...

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  • MCN Fleet: Time for a pit stop, again

    29 June 2016 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Time for a pit stop, again

    In the three months I’ve had the GS I’ve clocked up a hefty 8384 miles, along the way getting 140-160 miles out of a tank before the reserve light comes on.  For my riding and the distances...

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  • MCN Fleet: Mastering the mud on the F800GS

    15 June 2016 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Mastering the mud on the F800GS

    Dirt tracks, loose rocks and rivers have all passed me by so far in my riding career. The fear of dropping my bike on its side always played a key role in this. But now I have a GS. It’s built for...

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  • MCN Fleet: Rain starts play on GS

    19 April 2016 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Rain starts play on GS

    This is my first year with an adventure bike and rather than give myself a gentle introduction, I headed to the Highlands. The idea was to face a five-day baptism of fire (or rain as it would turn...

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