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BMW F800S (2006-2010) Review

Published: 22 November 2006

"A bike you could learn to ride on yet keep and enjoy"

BMW F800S motorcycle review - Riding

"A bike you could learn to ride on yet keep and enjoy"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

A revolutionary addition to the BMW stable, the BMW F800S has filled the yawning chasm between the marque’s 650 motorcycles and 1200 motorcycles with power, style and charisma. The BMW F800S has an excellent engine, superb handling and everyday usability to make it a bike you could learn to ride on yet keep, and enjoy, a very long time after you’ve got your motorcycle licence.

 

Watch the BMW F800 take on Aprilia's 850 Shiver, Suzuki's SV650 and Triumph's Street Triple

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The BMW F800S' sporty riding position encourages silliness but it’s not too extreme: you can do sane too, if you like, and it won’t complain. The motorcycle is heavy but holds the road well, handling’s brilliant and the BMW F800S takes off like there’s no tomorrow. The gearing’s a bit stroppy but the brakes are great. The BMW F800S is a more agile motorcycle than you’d imagine.

Engine 4 out of 5

The BMW F800S is a wonderful motorcycle out on the open road, less inspiring in town. At a pace, there’s huge torque and acceleration but stick the BMW F800S in traffic and it labours as you struggle to minimise the jumpy throttle response. It’s a real powerhouse motorcycle though: fast riding is a dream on this motorcycle while overtakes will make your hair curl. Roughly equated to a decent, 600cc sports motorcycle's performance.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Unquestionably good. BMW’s build quality is excellent and the BMW F800S doesn’t let it down one bit. Reliability is equally revered, and with good reason. The BMW F800S is a well put together motorcycle and accommodating loads of well thought out little extras, the motorcycle is built (not just marketed) to really last.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

… Which is why it costs so much. Compared to rival motorcycle, the Suzuki SV650, the BMW F800S is a wallet-crusher, but you get that reliability, peace of mind and extra-special aftersales service which makes the whole motorcycle ownership shebang one hell of a lot more satisfying. Still, the really rather nice Kawasaki Z750 is quite a bit cheaper than the BMW F800S too. Find a BMW F800S for sale.

Insurance group: 11 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Ooooh, lovely! Fuel gauge, gear indicator, adjustable levers, and a bar-mounted control button to run through the endless digital readouts on your comprehensive dash: superb! Fuel goes in at the rear of the motorcycle and pillion provision is good, too. The BMW F800S' belt drive is great for the non-mechanics among us.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2010
Original price £7,450
Used price £2,600 to £2,800
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £200
Performance
Max power 84.5 bhp
Max torque 59.5 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.1 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Specification
Engine size 798cc
Engine type 8v, parallel twin, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium beam
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 182kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload and rebound
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 265mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2006: BMW F800S Model launched, along with the BMW F800ST (sport touring) version. ABS available for both motorcycles as an extra.

Other versions

BMW F800ST: Fully-faired, sport touring motorcycle. The same bike but with a few little changes: taller screen, higher bars, luggage rack and a more upright riding position.
ABS VERSIONS: Both the BMW F800S and BMW F800ST come with the option of ABS. It’s a good system, although can prove a bit “on and off” where you actually want more smooth progression. Standard brakes on both motorcycles work well, however.

Owners' Reviews

25 owners have reviewed their BMW F800S (2006-2010) 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 F800S (2006-2010)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.4 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.1 out of 5
Equipment 4.4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Good, solid, competent

01 January 2017 by Tampock

A very good back-to-biking/1st big bike. On the other hand, competence does not equal brilliance and there are are few irritations. Therefore, it gets a better than average grade, but I would give it 3.5 out of 5 if I could.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Gears are very clunky, and around town its a top-heavy pain. But on a winding road up the mountains with the revs at 4.5k +, its good fun and zips past the traffic without fuss or bother. For the daily commute (35 km) it works very well for winding through slow moving motorway traffic, 3rd - 4th gear rolling past semi-stationary cars, with abs when someone lurches across lanes without indicators. On the odd day when the motorway is not overcrowded, it rolls along easily and comfortably at the limit (120 km/h) and in Germany on the autobahn it can do much more.
Engine
3 out of 5
It is a modestly powered vertical twin. Smoother than some but nothing remarkable. And it is NOT a BMW engine. Built by Austrian company Rotax. Good solid, etc, but nothing amazing.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Stock battery had a short life - despite following all the rules. Apart from that, the indicator stalks are very fragile and snap off easily, especially in the cold when the plastic becomes very brittle and you need to check the bolts holding the fairing together as they can become loose. These are small (but irritating) details and the engine, drive belt, etc, all behaved perfectly.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
I live in Switzerland so my running costs are not much use to anyone. But for the record, the local garage services the bike each year for CHF400 standard service, petrol consumption is 3.8-4.2 l per 100 km, and I do 15k km per year.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Discounts for Switzerland mean BMWs are not as daftly prices as elsewhere. Also the dealers are faster to offer additional discounts. So led indicators, heated grips, bag holders, etc are all available for not too expensive and it holds its value very well compared to most other bikes.
Buying experience

Bought from dealer Chuard Motos in Geneva. Very competent, friendly, helpful, etc.I get it serviced in a local non-BMW garage because its closer and easier to get to.

3 out of 5

F800ST, built down to a price :-(

21 February 2016 by Beren

This bike is quite economical on fuel, I get about 65 mpg. The mirrors are poor and need extenders. I would not recommend this bike to my worst enemy, let alone a friend. BMW's are not as well made as they used to be.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
The standard seat is OK for about 200 miles. Which is about what you get from a tank of fuel. The pillion footrests are too high. Why do most bike designers think that all pillions are contortionists?
Engine
3 out of 5
The engine is quite punchy and you don't have to rev it too hard. But the gearbox is quite notchy, I had trouble selecting 6th gear. The BMW dealer replaced some of the outer selector mechanism under warranty. It made a slight improvement, but only for a few hundred miles. I now don't use the clutch when changing from 5th to 6th. This has resolved the problem completely.
Build Quality & Reliability
2 out of 5
Most of the paintwork on this bike is powder coated. I used ACF50 all over this bike. But after 1 year, had replaced under warranty, the swing arm, both footrest plates, both mirrors, and the horn, plus half the engine screws because of corrosion! The sump and centre stand now both need to be done, plus more screws are going rusty! :-(
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
I would like to service this bike myself. But you need a GS-911 gadget to reset or adjust the service reminder etc. This costs £250! One for a car costs about £35. It seems that if you own a BMW, people think you're loaded.
Equipment
4 out of 5
This bike is a good all rounder and good on fuel. But a hugger and fender extender are a must. Although you will have to strengthen the underside of the front mudguard because its too flimsy. When you go over bumps, the fender extender hits the tyre and it sounds like the headrace bearings are shot. The OE Bridgestone Battleaxe tyres were rubbish! Poor grip in the wet and a short life too, I replaced them with Avon 3D-XM, which the front lasted 10,000 miles, the rear has still got a few thousand miles left.
Buying experience

I bought a black Touring model new in 2012 from my local BMW main dealer and got a small discount. I wanted a lupin blue one, but this was a £300 option! Now different colours are a no cost option.

3 out of 5

poor reliability and service

27 May 2014 by leighvaughton

Don't but this bike if you actually need it on a daily basis. Multiple recalls and unbelievably long lead times for servicing/recall work mean you're likely to be off the road for months, like me. Poor engineering and quality control have led to issues with the fuel pump sensor (let me down in the middle of Bristol) and rear bearing (replacement needed at 24k miles with two months wait to book it in). Don't believe the hype with BMW 'quality'- they just don't match up to their Japanese competitors. Shame - otherwise a good and economical bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

F800ST beamerbrian

25 March 2014 by beamerbrian

Best bike i have owned. Where are MCN testers coming from 182kg is heavy? mpg 38 I get 68 and flying. Smooth comfortable, handles really well, very torquey, very little vibs. Brilliant bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Very good overall...

05 October 2011 by Andy949494

This is my fifth bike and I have bought a lot of new Japanese middleweights before. I use it for commuting where the belt drive is really useful - why bother with chains and their short life, frequent adjusts and continual requirement for lube? (Even when I had a scotoiler I didn't find it as good as this). Running costs are very low. Servicing is every 6000 miles and many services are fairly basic checks whilst the economy of this is better than my old 250R. Quality is way better than Japanese and it just doesn't rust even when left a few days with winter water and salt on it. I also appreciate the advanced electronics ABS, Tyre pressure monitoring, calculation of mpg and miles left etc. It goes very well but I would prefer a Hornet. I know because I have ridden one and back to back the Hornet handles slightly better and I prefer the exhaust note and the real kick at the top end. That said the engine in the F800 is very good and provides much better low end drive with a real rasp and push at the top end. But the hornet would cost more to run (economy is lower and servicing is more frequent and expensive) and would be colder and wetter in the winter. Range isn't bad and since the fuel tank is below the seat it is easy to fill to the top even on the side stand. It is a bit uncomfortable when riding below 50 because of the bars but this adds to the character. I like its physical size. Its good for commuting (not too big for filtering) and is easy to touch the ground but isn't CBR125 small. Overall very pleased. Its a keeper...

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 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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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Light and Perky

04 August 2010 by nss5pjs

I have a 2007 F800S. I go out to my garage every morning and out of five bikes I usually pick this one to commute on. Light, responsive, good in-town manors a plus. At the other end of the scale, it's got too much back lash in the gearbox and the water pump weeps a bit every now and then. Lots of weird mechanical noises from engine but didn't break yet. Uneven clutch release makes me feel like I'm beter off to just drop it and leave slipping to a minimum. Crap tyres.. i lost both ends in the rain. Good riding position, good brakes, perky engine and nice exhaust sound. It's a keeper!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
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4 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Hmmm

13 March 2010 by Anonymous

I bought this 2006 bike unseen ( silly me), though I had sat on one at the bike show at the NEC and felt it was a comfy riding position. How memories can fool you or perhaps its the fact I have 2 years riding under my belt. The thing that reviews dont point out is that if you are a taller person say over 5'11 then the handlebars are too close and the pegs too high. Whether its this but the balance of the bike doesnt feel right. This combined with a very soft front fork and engine like a thrappy diesel means I cant whizz smoothly round tight roundabouts like I could in my cbf 600. Low speed commuting is also a chore because the engine is gutless at low revs, Ist gear feels like 2nd ( easy to stall), the mirrors are poor and theres the awful bmw indicators. Accessories are painfully expensive. I havent had any reliability issues but the corrosion on the engine is shocking for a premium brand. On a plus note paint quality is otherwise good and the bike has impressive style. Fuel economy and tank range are very good ( see Fuelly). I'm overall dissapointed with it though, the ergonomics, handling, corrosion are worse than the middle of the road Honda I had and I long for a nice smooth reliable Japanese bike. If you are commuting a lot you just dont want the distractions that this bike has given me. If you are a leisure sort of biker or like touring then I expect the bike will suit you better.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Nice bike, shame about the build

18 November 2009 by foulis

I have a 2006 model, I say this because I would hope that the problems have been ironed out for the newer version. This is a lovely bike to ride, the engine is punchy with great midrange, though snatchy at low revs which takes a little getting used to and gentle throttle control. The ride is great for a bit of everything, but don't be fooled by the s in it's title it's no thoroughbred sports bike. I want to love it because it is so capable but I can't. The downside is the build quality, this bike has had problems, check the forums. Engine cutting out for no reason (now resolved, fault unknown), piston slap (only resolution is a rebuild), rear wheel bearings going at around 15000 (modified bearings fitted, had to pay labour only), and a few smaller niggles, corrosion is a problem. These are not uncommon faults and you should check the mods have been done before buying. Incidentally BMW will not directly admit to these faults (except the rear wheel bearings), but will try to resolve. I can only assume they are reluctant to except responsibilty due to a lack of backup from Germany. Overall a good bike, but be warned make sure any problems have been fixed on your bike, check the forums for details of common faults.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

BMW's best kept secret

21 October 2009 by Graphitan

BMW is missing a trick with the F800ST - it is a superb all-rounder but relatively few people seem to know about it. Having tested the usual all-rounders (VFR800, CBF1000, etc), I found the ST completely by accident through BMW's low seat range. Vines of Guildford were excellent (as were most of the competitor brands I spoke to), offering an extended test ride despite having passed my test just one week earlier and doing a very competitive deal on their ex-demonstrator. A recent ride to Switzerland was a revelation - 550 miles in one hit and felt completely fresh when I arrived. The alpine roads were well worth the trip, although the high altitude revealed that the coolant had been over-filled at the factory, forcing the excess to leak out. Occasional false neutrals between 5th and 6th seem to be a common problem on the forums but a heavier boot up the gears seems to have fixed that. I regularly ride the bike two-up with full panniers and it is never short of performance or comfort while delivering over 55 mpg in all conditions. The optional expandable panniers are ample for touring and will each hold a full face helmet to save carrying them around on day trips. Insurance and servicing costs(6K intervals) are very reasonable, while the belt drive minimises maintenance. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the ST - it has certainly raised eyebrows amongst my more experienced biking mates.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

ST version

06 August 2009 by andy938

Just returned to biking after 25 year absence. Last bike a Z1B, middling brakes and very suspect handling. What a refreshing change the ST is, it goes and stops brilliantly. Comfort good with plenty of space at the back for the larger lasses. Cannot believe what a brilliant package Bee Em have come up with.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

my f800st

05 May 2009 by justpassedmetest

im not the tallest guy in the world with only 29" inside leg but the bike is a nice height for me (standard height seat) i bought mine from a bmw dealer in grimsby and found them most helpful. The ride and handling are a delight and the engine is a treat, especially when sha gets busy at over 5000 revs. the quality and finish are top notch as you would expect for a beemer but the worst thing is the gearbox talk about kerrunch!! im sure ill master it its comfy nice riding position and VERY economical (66mpg). Its my first bike for 25 years and im pleased i bought it sure it was more than the equivalent jap bike but its worth it love it to bits

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Ticks all the boxes

02 February 2009 by beegrich

Being a tall rider [all leg] and coming back to two wheels after a gap of 18 years this bike ticked all the boxes for me. It looks big, but feels just right on the bike, its got lots of low down grunt and nippy through town. The local dealer lent me one for the day and after 3-4 hours [avg 55 mpg] in the seat I was still up for some more riding. Compared to the VFR 800, which was high on the list this bike excels in every area and is right up my street and shows that its in a different league altogether. I've order in 2008 colours for 09 plate delivery, just 26 days to go and I can't wait. The only down side for me was the location of the indicator cancel button, in winter with thick gloves this proved to be a little tricky, especially around town but will come with practice. Ive also ordered a slightly higher aftermarket screen, as per the demo bike as this made the high speed journeys slightly more bearable with the wind going round instead of into the helmet face area.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 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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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

bmw f800s/st

13 December 2008 by spenhouse

On my second f800 now, First did 21,500 miles went down to south of Morocco on an "S" model kitted out, 67 mpg in all weather and climate. Unfortunately had a head on crash 2,100 miles from home, bike saved me, no injuries but after riding it all way home it was written off,(100 pc to Carole Nash). Now on second bike, f800st, same attributes, very safe and comfy and very economical. Have you noticed what high mileages owners of this model cover?

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Working Bike

26 November 2008 by k1000gt

We have got a 800ST for our mobile service engineer and we have had it for 2 months,so far we have been averaging 60+MPG and on a metzler Z6 rear we got just over 7000 miles!great bike,great handling,very cost effective

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

This is a GREAT all around bike

06 June 2008 by luvmybmw

It had been 25 years since owning my last motorcycle. I had always wanted a BMW so I started to do some homework. I read all the reviews of the different BMW bikes. I wanted a motorcycle that was fun to rideand easy to handle, it had to have many safety features I was looking for (ABS, self-canceling turn signals). I wanted it to be smooth, reliable and great on gas. Well, I found the perfect bike, a 2007 BMW F800S. It is all of those things and more. It is also sporty. I even added the side bags and top case for touring. This bike is a dream. It is VERY comfortable as well. It gets great gas mileage. The specs say 38 mpg, but I get 60 mpg doing 70 mph. If I get on it I still get high 40's to low 50's. It handles like a cat on carpet. Love the torque curve on this bike, not too touchy, very smooth and fast. If you are looking for one GREAT motorcycle the F800 is is a very terrifc motorcycle. I can't stay off it :-).

Ride Quality & Brakes
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5 out of 5

Great Bike

28 May 2008 by silks59

I have owned the bike now for over a year and have done over 9000 miles across europe, a few 9 hr days and its done everything I have asked of it, great tourer, I wont be selling it !!

Ride Quality & Brakes
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5 out of 5

My baby

03 January 2008 by HugoB

What a rush. When you hit 5-8k revs from 2nd to 3rd to 4th and are doing a fair whack in the blink of an eye, you know you made the right choice. I bought a one year old S version, and bought full luggage kit to boot. Tob box is small which is annoying (had old givi E52 on my old SV). Engine cuts out when you whang the throttle open at traffic lights, or popping the revs to hold your balance at low speeds - can be VERY annoying and embarrasing. Customer service is fantastic.

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4 out of 5

What a fantastic bike!!!

22 December 2007 by okmate

I've had my F800s nearly a year now and i love it more and more every time i go out for a ride. Stick it in fourth gear on a nice sweeping country lane and you can just play with the throttle as the response from the sublime parallel twin engine gives you so much feed back. Just fitted a skidmarx double bubble screen and an akrapovic exhaust. The screen is a massive improvement over the stock version and the exhaust gives the bike a little more punch with a great sounding note. I have also found the the new exhaust has cured the low speed stuttering that i used to get. I use this bike all year round and find it can handle anything i ask of it. Great value too.

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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

It's a great bike but...

24 October 2007 by sweetcorn309

It's not perfect. I agree with all the positive comments so far, but must say 1) the gearbox is sh*te, 2) the ST screen directs wind (and flies) straight onto your visor and the noise even at modest speeds can be deafening - and yes I wear plugs, 3) 2nd gear roll-on/off is snatchy as hell. However, I commute 60 miles per day with plenty of overtakes and still average 66 mpg!

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4 out of 5

First bike from direct access

18 September 2007 by rogernshelton

Tried the ST preferred the S. Can ride it like a tourer or sports bike. First bike from direct access - 4500 miles in 4 months, 63 mpg, £250 insurance - no oil added. Goes and corners better than I can - don't think I'll reach its limits any time soon. Definitely recommended for first medium/big bike.

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ST version

22 June 2007 by mabow

Top bike. Quality build, fantastic ride. Just going in for a 6k service after 6 months. I find it an easy commuter bike, superbly balanced and easy to flip around. Gearbox and drive pulley mods are essential [warranty]. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5

A great bike with ABS, on-board computer, heated grips & excellent belt drive.

02 November 2006 by coinneachshanks

I bought this bike new two months ago and currently I would not exchange it for anything else. It is a joy to ride. Twisty roads are a delight. And it's rather eye-catching if you like that sort of thing. Still running it in and it's getting better!
Strengths: It has splendid balance. I swear it could stand up on its own without a side stand. Light and manoeuvrable. Much torque. Weaknesses: Very minor weaknesses like uncertain first to neutral, false neutrals - the usual!

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5 out of 5

A cracking bike!

17 October 2006 by bandk7

This is a fantastic bike and you're getting a lot of quality and value at a pretty decent bike (especially for BMW). If you've never been interested in the usual BMW motorbikes than I would recomend taking a look at this one before your next buy - it's not what you would expect. It's great fun to ride, solid and very stable on the road. Strengths: The best part is it's low down torque that just pulls and pulls when you open the throttle - a wonderful feeling! Weaknesses: If only it had full fairing for less cleaning...

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Returned after 35 years, considered Honda CBF1000 and F800ST, but this looks better.

14 July 2006 by Scampo

Comfortable, powerful with bags of torque and useful computer readouts.Characterful sound. I just love this bike. It's forgiving way of handling has helped me after such a long time away. Had ABS, centre stand, computer trips and panier mounts added. Strengths: Engaging looks, torque, quality and comfort. Weaknesses: Fairing and screen could give better protection. Expensive add ons.

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Punchy perfromance and great handling but expensive with all the necessary extras.

30 June 2006 by harrypaul



Strengths: Great handling, superb engine, easy to handle. Weaknesses: Wind protection from screen is poor at motorway speeds. Mirrors are almost useless.

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