BMW F800GT (2013 - 2020) Review

Highlights

  • A versatile all-rounder commuter middleweight
  • Surprisingly cheap to run

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £260
Power: 90 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.1 in / 765 mm)
Weight: Medium (470 lbs / 213 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £4,000 - £9,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The 2013-2020 BMW 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.

BMW F800GT facelift for 2017

2017 BMW F800GT

Both the BMW F800GT (above) and its F800R sibling broke cover as facelifted bikes at the Eicma show in 2016, for the 2017 model year. Read more here.

BMW F800GT long-term test

During 2017 we lived with an F800GT for a year, and thoroughly enjoyed our time with the bike. We rode all the way to Germany and back on it, plus loads of shorter in-country trips. We also fitted some extras such as the firm's paniers and changed the look of the bike. Read more here or watch our round-up video below: 

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Watch: BMW F800GT launch review video

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The GT is built to a budget, but is still very well finished. The engine is solid and the level of finish appears high.

Our BMW F800GT owners' reviews show it's a very popular bike with our readers. The main negatives were engine vibration and a few mechanical problems, but these appear to have been fixed by BMW. 

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

One of the few remaining middleweight sports tourers and at just over £8,000 new meant the BMW F800Gt was good value.

Its rivals in 2013 were the Yamaha Fazer 8 and the Honda Deauville - so MCN pit this trio against one another in a group test. The verdict? Read on...

Each of these bikes would make great tourers in their own unique way. The Honda should really be in a league of its own. It’s been around forever and is tried and tested with a bulletproof motor. It’s the ultimate middleweight tourer, provided you keep it well within its limits and enjoy pottering. It is the practical rider’s choice as it is a truly dependable workhorse. Its main purpose in life is functionality, it does what is supposed to and does that well.

The Yamaha is a street bike clad in touring gear. Its emphasis is on the punchy side of motorcycling with a slice of touring ability thrown in. It’s fun, exciting and involving but lacks the luggage carrying capabilities and weather protection of the rest.

The Beemer is an all-round solid motorcycle, exactly meeting its set criteria. There’s sufficient weather protection, it’s easy to use, is the lightest on test, has the best mpg, boasts a vast array of optional extras, is comfortable for high speed cruising and has modern styling too. For a tourer or a long-distance commuter the Beemer stands as the best option. It’s more modern than the Deauville and better suited and more practical than the Fazer.

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

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

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Annual road tax £96
Annual service cost £260
New price -
Used price £4,000 - £9,000
Insurance group 11 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 90 bhp
Max torque 64 ft-lb
Top speed 120 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 180 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2006 – BMW launch the F800ST, it is dropped from the model range in 2011.
  • 2015 - Update to most of BMW line-up ushers in new colours for F800GT.
  • 2017 - Facelift for F800GT.
  • 2020 - F800GT goes off sale.

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.

Owners' reviews for the BMW F800GT (2013 - 2020)

25 owners have reviewed their BMW F800GT (2013 - 2020) 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 - 2020)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Engine: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Equipment: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £260
3 out of 5 Like it and don't like it at the same time.
27 February 2021 by MakeItWerke

Version: 2017 with the facelift, ESA

Year: 2017

I like it, yet I don't like it. It is very easy to ride around town, great for filtering and very light. Fast if you use the revs and likes bends. But it is not all day comfortable, esp since it is supposed to be a tourer. The seat is small, hard and not height adjustable. The footpegs are too high, so your knees are too bent to ride it all day. The fuel tank is too small at 15 litres. The screen could be bigger. I've done 16 hours on other full size touring bikes no problem, but did 5 hours on the F800GT today and I'm knackered. This is supposed to be a GT remember.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Really easy to ride with a pillion. But not all day comfortable as I wrote above.

Engine 4 out of 5

Could do with 10% more torque and power. But it likes to rev and has good acceleration when you give it some stick in the right gear. Just don't plan on doing any fast overtakes starting at less than 3000rpm. Bit buzzy at motorway speeds, but it is a parallel twin.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Everything works.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Measured fuel economy is 55 mpg (imperial gallons).

Equipment 2 out of 5

Equipment is 8 years out of date. Halogen headlights (one low, one high) not LED. Single bulb brake light. Analog speedometer which is hard to read. No linked brakes. Changing the headlight bulb is a disaster area; very easy to break a small plastic clip which will have you spending the next 2 hours taking the front of the bike apart. The top box is stupid small. Even though my bike came with one, I ditched it and bought a larger aftermarket box. Alternator seems to put out enough amps. I run a heated jacket in winter, aux LED lights, heated grips (these are standard) and a GPS. It has ESA but I struggle to feel the difference. It also has Rain/Road/Dynamic throttle maps. I use Dynamic all the time, except on that week when it was snowing and I put it on Road. Haven't tried Rain but it must be silly if you can use Road when it is snowing...

Buying experience: Really easy to buy, but what isn't when you are chucking cash at someone! Bought from dealer paid near asking price but got a few parts thrown in plus cross-country delivery.

5 out of 5 F800GT. Versatile, but just another plastic clone.
06 February 2021 by Baldyone Kenobi

Year: 2014

This is a very competent and slick bike and deserves top marks but I do have several cosmetic comments. As an old school rider, I don't like the engine reduced to the invisible role of "power unit" hidden behind acres of tupperware. The engine could be a design statement like the beating heart of a Black Shadow timing cover; the Swiss watch detail and precision of a 900ss or the beautiful sensual sweep of the headers on a CB400 four. The bike is labelled a GT but is a relatively small bike with a firm to hard seat. Even with hard luggage it is more sport tourer than grand tourer. Style wise the design trend and profile is very generic. The silhouette could be from any manufacturer. Ass in the air, rear end you could fly a jumbo jet between the rear tyre and the tail section, yet there is no MX style rear shock travel to warrant all this fresh air. Oh how bikers and journos laughed in 1971 when MZ brought out the ambitiously named ETS 250 Trophy Sport (19bhp) which had a rediculously shaped camel hump tank. Fast forward 40 years and rediculously camel humped false tank of F800gt is an industry standard profile, uncomfortable and ugly.I love the belt drive. I was looking for a mid range shaftie but there aren't any, apart from Guzzi V7/V9. The Guzzis are nearly 50% down on BHP compared with the F800 and a bit lardy. I'm surprised that the 21st century has not produced much alternative to a chain final drive. The chain drive is not so far removed from riveting bits of leather together like they did 100 years ago. At least BMW give you the belt on these models or a shaft drive on their real touring metal.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

ABS. Optional traction control not fitted. Optional bar switched, 3 setting electronic rear shock not fitted but who needs it? Brakes are strong but progressive, with lots of feedback. Oozes confidence. Ride is smooth. Some reviewers talk of vibey engine but you must expect some buzz, particularly on a parallel twin, and I don't notice any problems. Some reviewers drone on about exhaust note but you just can't hear it with any amount of speed or wind whizzing past. I'm thinking the only people who could comment on zorst howl would be the teen at the bus stop doing the Wimbledon swivel as they watch you sweep by.

Engine 5 out of 5

Frugal, as I said. Competent, fast but revvy for a twin. Lower gears short and some early changes sometimes miss a cog, and good luck finding neutral at the lights (that might be just down to the microscopic gear pedal). Would like it to be a bit more tractable than having to run the up and down the box so much. It is willing for a 900. Will just go and go. More than enough for UK speed limits and snappy acceleration on tap at the lights or an overtake . .

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Very well put together, if a bit computer designed and clinical. Lacks soul and character and no individuality.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

No high maintenance and messy chain drive here. Clean and easy belt final drive. For a revvy 900 twin it is very frugal on petrol. I imagine the cost of replacement belt drive is pricey pit stop but at more than 20k interval, not that onerous. Mine came after that mileage and with new belt fitted, so I am saved that. I imagine the bike is routine for any shop servicing but their is something to be said for branded dealer servicing to protect resale value. A patchy service book could lose you a grand.

Equipment 5 out of 5

It is a great bike and very rewarding whether your blasting the twisties with the hard luggage left in the shed, or cases on and loaded for bear. Accessories. BMW standard gear pedal is spindly little casting that is sometimes hard to find through a bike boot. Like trying to hold a pen with a boxing glove. Hence aftermarket pedal sleeve enlarger. Will somebody tell manufacturers that a functional rear mudguard and a centre stand are essential parts of a bike, not optional accessories? Are handlebars optional extras? A hugger essential to protect monoshock and belt. Belt drive is exceptional but you don't want to be flicking gravel at it. Fender extenders essential to protect radiator at front and to avoid that vertical jetski, water spout at the back on rainy trips. My bike came with a lot of aftermarket stuff, scorpion can, Givi smoked tall screen, Koako throttle assist, bar ends, Givi rack and Kappa top case. Most of it a waste of money in my opinion apart from the extra luggage if you want it. Certainly replacement can and throttle assist are just deadweight and wallet thinners. Standard equipment on this model, heated grips, hard panniers, multi function display etc. all useful. For OEM standard equipment, the panniers do not locate well, they jiggle like Beyonce. Why design a "tourer" with an upswept silencer that reduces pannier depth and capacity? RH pannier will hold a full face helmet, which is useful.

5 out of 5 The least loved BMW is their owner's best kept secret.
31 January 2021 by Paul Baker

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £259

A great all rounder, happy cruising the motorways and carving up the twisties.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Front Brembo's are very good, good stopping power and feedback. The bike's easy to ride on all road types but is at it's best on curvy A-roads. A two hour ride without stopping is no problem. I tend to stop for the comfort of riding buddies.

Engine 4 out of 5

Power delivery feels like its almost linear. Good torque low down and I've noticed a slight peak at around 5750 rpm. It has an unfair reputation for being slow and boring but it has plenty of speed and acceleration just don't expect it to pull away from other bikes with similar power/torque output. The ECU claims I doing +65mpg but I take that with a pinch of salt but having said that fuel economy is very good. The big-bang 360 degree firing sequence of the parallel twin is proper old-school in nature. Manufactured by Rotax you just know it'll be resilient and last for ages.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Build quality is good, a solid machine which will outlast me! An issue with warped front brake disks was sorted under warranty.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Not the cheapest but you don't buy a BMW if reducing expenditure is your top priority.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The equipment is BM's usual high standard, heated grips, sat nav, electronic suspension adjustment and 3 riding modes. The bike came with a full set of BMW panniers and top box. I'm just glad the previous owner shelled out for it though! The belt drive is a godsend, 15,000km of maintenance free riding, get in!

Buying experience: I paid approximately £7,700 second-hand from a private seller with just 600 miles on the clock. I couldn't get any money off the asking price but I was more than happy. The cost when new must have been over £11K

4 out of 5 BMW F800GT.
30 January 2021 by EDB7

Year: 2013

Everything good except seat comfort & no cruise control.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Good for pillion mostly break after 2 hours.

Engine 5 out of 5

VG, sometimes neutral avoids finding but being gentle and changing down before stopping helps. Dealer can resolve if still in warranty with changing clutch basket & maybe springs. Throttle cable needs fine tuning as low speed & moving off can allow stalling.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

BMW dealer costs high independents better after warranty.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Panniers good, fitting larger top box works well. Avon 3D STORM tyres or newer versions better than OEM Continental road 1’s.

Buying experience: Private.

5 out of 5 Brilliant BMW
20 January 2021 by Stephen Ravenhill

Version: SE

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £249

Capable, solid, light, comfortable and a joy to throw around.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Handling is good this bike goes well and stops as well

Engine 4 out of 5

Great balance between adequate power and economy

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

All looks good except the common problem of corrosion around the Disc brakes

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Lind have been excellent

Equipment 5 out of 5

Get the eggshell shaped expandable panniers, they are great

Buying experience: Lind at Welwyn Garden City have been really great

5 out of 5 Does the biz
02 November 2020 by Jimmy Campbell

Year: 2019

Smooth, fast enough, lightweight, economical, comfortable. Studiously avoid biker "friends" 'cos they talk so much b****cks.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Don't buy the overpriced panniers nor topbox. if you want to filter through M6 and M25 traffic, get a decent roll bag for 2000 mile regular round trips.

Buying experience: Aberdeen dealer brilliant.

5 out of 5 F800GT Heaven GF63ZVM
30 August 2020 by Chris Tree

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £200

Lightweight Great handling Fun to drive Adaptive suspension & damping Good as a sports or touring machine Low maintenance

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5

Power delivery sufficient even with belt drive.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Only corrosion has been on the discs and pads, not on the bodywork. Very reliable and always starts first time. Bulletproof engine and gearbox. A great all round bike.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Cost from a reputable non BMW dealer

Equipment 5 out of 5

Electronic suspension adjustment best feature. No maintenance belt drive is a close second. Recommend BMW panniers and top box if touring. Standard metzeler tyres are very capable.

Buying experience: Bought from Tunbridge Wells Motorrad when a year old for £7000.

5 out of 5 My favourite bike.
11 April 2020 by Clive Roberts

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £250

As I said earlier this is my third GT after Two ST's. Because I'm 76 and coming up 77 I need a bike that is easy to handle and this fits the bill perfectly.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The handling is brilliant.

Engine 5 out of 5

The engine is quite torquey and pulls well.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

This is my third one so I think that demonstrates that I like the bike. Only criticism that I would put forward is that the front forks are a bit budget.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

About average I would say. Prefer to do my own but on board computer has to be re-set by dealership.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Definitely needs a front fender extender and rear mud flap.

Buying experience: Bought from a dealer but can't give price because it is an SE model and I did not want all the extras that the bike came with. We negotiated price to suit.

4 out of 5 Mr
11 April 2020 by Wayne Dilworth

Version: SE

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £150

Great bike needs a little more torque

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Can see where BMW have cut corners

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Very simple service, only real expense is belt every 4 years

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Best buying experience with BMW, if only other marques were as good

5 out of 5 bmw f800gt se
04 April 2020 by KEVIN SMITH

Version: SE

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £250

perfect bike for commuting and touring.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

perfect for my needs.

Engine 4 out of 5

could be doing with a few more horse power.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

too new to make accurate judgement

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

not sure of service costs as run in service was included in purchase cost.

Equipment 5 out of 5

SE version, so came with full luggage, heated grips, comfort seat, led lights, dynamic package, and sat nav as standard. All the extras you need. only thing I fitted retro was a taller screen for more wind protection.

Buying experience: bought from local bmw dealer in Aberdeen. paid £10500. salesman and experience were best I've come across.

5 out of 5 Excellent commuter
18 September 2019 by David Gibbs

Version: F800GT

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £350

I gave this bike 5/5 for meeting my requirement and that for which it was designed (as far as I know). I bought it for commuting to central London about 50 miles each way and it has greatly exceeded my expectations. The bike is relatively light and narrow with mirrors at an excellent height for filtering in very congested London traffic. The brakes are very good and the bike is nimble in low speed maneuvering for a fully faired bike with a relatively long wheelbase. The power delivery is great for in town with plenty of torque pulling away nicely from a stop. The bike gets great mileage despite high revving in town and being ridden at speed on A road / motorway. Belt drive is efficient and low maintenance. It is comfortable for daily use. I have put about 7000 miles on it in just more than 6 months so wanted to put in a good word for the bike. It really does do what I bought it for better than I expected.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The ride is very poised and I think the bike handles precisely and is confidence inspiring. The stability control seems to help where nasty road undulations and similar are encountered, for example in a turn. ABS works well and the brakes are great. I would fit a touring seat if I was doing very long distances. When I ride lanes in the country side the bike is at home.

Engine 4 out of 5

Nice torque and acceleration. I like the way the engine spins up and I can get very nice shifting with some power on. For daily road riding the power is sufficient. I was more used to a four cylinder K100 though so I find that at motorway speeds the motor seems a little more ... urgent ... than I expect. I think though that they have found a sweet spot for power vs economy. There are some very smooth RPM bands for a twin, I prefer the side to side vibes from the R series bikes but for me this bike works better in town. The engine can throw off some heat on those scorching summer days.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

One niggle on finding neutral sometimes. BMW say they'll sort it out if I can leave the bike with them for a few days, they will need to wait until the weather gets much worse, this bike is in constant use.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I think the bike was fair value for money when compared to some alternatives both from BMW and other manufacturers. I really like the belt drive and service costs are predicted to be lower than many other bikes.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The bike was "SE" spec so heated grips, I got a sat nav, ABS. ECS, Traction control. It all works well. The shelter from the fairing is very good so comfortable at low temperatures (down to near freezing in spring). I experience a fair amount of wind noise and buffeting at higher speeds as I prefer to look over the top of the windscreen. I have not found a solution for this yet. My bike has the taller screen. I hope the next generation/replacement has more adjustment. The bike did not come with a hugger, it does need one.

Buying experience: Very good service from BMW Mottorad dealer in Manchester. Very good service from Bahnstormer as well.

5 out of 5 Love my F800GT
20 February 2019 by Paul Thompson

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £900

I use this bike as a daily commuter with a lot of lane splitting and filtering. It is economical, comfortable, reliable, and enjoyable because it's so easy. I've also done 1-up and 2-up touring on it. It loves a run through back country touring roads or just steady straight road runs. I've got nothing to complain about at all. My wife likes riding on this bike and reckons she picked it (not true but OK if it works for her). I test rode it based on online reviews that indicated it was what I wanted and it's pretty much as advertised.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

This bike is great all round. With a pillion, I braked in the shortest distance against various bikes in a braking distance test. It loves cornering and gives confidence, rolling in and out easily and sitting steady mid-corner.

Engine 4 out of 5

I'd like about 20 more horsepower but wouldn't you always. I've got another bike for that (Ducati Supersport S), which my wife won't ride on.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Watch out for the indicators, they can snap off quite easily.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

The factory luggage is expensive.

Equipment 4 out of 5

There are more modern dashes now but I am happy with the computer and other functionality. I haven't really wanted to put anything else on it other than a factory toolbox (expensive). I like the EOM tyres - they last well and ride nicely in all conditions. It has ABS, traction control and ESA - I like all three (not sure if I've invoked traction control or not but ABS occasionally triggers when slowing quickly at slow speeds).

Buying experience: I bought from a dealer and got a slight discount and a competitive finance rate.

5 out of 5 BMW F800 GT Is A Must Ride!!
25 September 2018 by Willie F

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £250

One of the best features is the heated grips (helps you ride a little bit ionger into the colder seasons). Also has the look of a sports bike with many touring features (6 inches more height on handlebars for more upright seating, and longer windscreen which keeps the wind off your chest and shoulders).

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Rides smooth and delivers power when needed in 5th and 6th gears!

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

$250 for service maintenance every 6,000 miles (service every 6,000 miles reommended).

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Bought my BMW F800 GT from a BMW dealer used at $700 below asking price.

5 out of 5 I used to hate BMWs!
10 June 2018 by Barry

Version: 2016 with all BMW options fitted already

Year: 2016

Annual servicing cost: £200

Best: Comfort, economy, smoothness, love the belt drive. Worst: If speed is your thing, it's not a rocket.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brembo brakes and electronic adjustable suspension lifts this above the other bikes I've owned.

Engine 4 out of 5

Smooth as silk, quiet and utterly bomb-proof powertrain.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Describe? I would say it's the nearest thing to a magic carpet for long distance. Lovely handling if you are carving up A roads. For touring comfort and practicality its one of the best. I managed 64 mpg on my NC 500 trip.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Last service was bang on £200 (Lind Norwich). For a dealer service, test ride and wash I thought it was good value.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Not a rocket but gets up to road legal maximums easily and will cruise all day at them. I did 540 miles non-stop going, and 600 miles non-stop returning from Scotland. I struggle to think of another machine i would like to do those kind of distances on.

Buying experience: Lind, the most helpful, courteous dealer I have ever dealt with. This is coming from someone who has sued two dealers for bad service/machinery.

4 out of 5 Great bike for real world conditions - not without problems.
14 November 2017 by Guzzie

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £200

Needs option of adjustable screen and seat hight.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
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.

Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 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

Year: 2014

What were they thinking?

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5

Irritating vibration and woefully underpowered. My VFR eats it for breakfast.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 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

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £350

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 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.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Nothing has failed or broken - through the exhaust pipes take some cleaning...

Value vs rivals 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

Year: 2014

Annual servicing cost: £130

next generation apply 110 CV. Sure

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

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

Version: Fully loaded GT

Year: 2015

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 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

Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 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

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £75

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

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.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Well built and equipped

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

First service was very reasonable.

Equipment 5 out of 5

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

Year: 2014

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 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.

Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 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

Version: F800GT just heated grips, centre stand & OEM computer.

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £160

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

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Fantastic brakes, comfortable for long rides, good handling.

Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Built to a budget, no problems for me, easy to maintain and keep clean. Belt drive is excellent.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Buying experience: Bought bike from dealer, no issues.

5 out of 5 Great all rounder
03 June 2015 by generously

Year: 2014

Annual servicing cost: £186

The bike is easy to ride

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.

Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 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

Year: 2014

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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 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
Engine 3 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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