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Motorcycle insurance bargains: BMW F800GS

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why MCN is highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there. This time it's the BMW F800GS.           

Insurance group: 11
New price: £6,855
Engine: 798cc 8v parallel twin, 6 gears
Power: 85bhp
Top speed: 130mph
Weight: 185kg     

Want an adventure bike but can't afford a full blown 1200GS? Then you're in luck, because not only is the 800cc version cheaper to buy, in some ways it's a better choice. Plus it's only group 11 insurance.    

The BMW F800GS offers the best of both worlds - it's light and agile enough to be credible as an off-roader but it's also roomy and grunty enough for serious on-road mile-munching. Compared to it's massive 1200GS big brother, it's very slim and manageable, making it the better option for smaller riders or those who plan on getting muddy a lot.

The motor is the same 798cc parallel twin lump found in the F800S and F800R. It packs 85bhp and 83fl.lb of torque. That might not sound like a lot, but it's enough for a 125mph top speed and the revvy, raspy sounding engine is a pleasure to thrash.

With the money you save from buying the 800GS instead of the 1200, you can really get stuck in to BMW's typically extensive accessories catalogue. There's everything an intrepid overlander could need: heated grips, sat nav, luggage and different seats, screens and bars. Next stop: Timbuktu.

MCN verdict

Handling

4/5

Engine

4/5

Reliability

4/5

Value

4/5

OVERALL

4/5

 

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