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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

BMW F800GT (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,175
Dealer used prices
£7,520 (2013) - £8,360 (2013)
Private used prices
£6,760 (2013) - £7,520 (2013)
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Engine size 798 cc
Power 90 bhp
Top speed 120 mph
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

Insurance

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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.

Specifications

Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 90 bhp
Max torque 64 ft-lb
Weight 213 kg
Seat height 765 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 798 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame Twin-spar aluminium
Front suspension adjustment 43mm inverted forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Shock, adjustable spring preload and rebound
Front brakes 2x320mm discs. four-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x265mm disc, two-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 180/55ZR17

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