The F800GT and R have both received a smattering of changes to ensure Euro4 compatibility, while adding a few useful modifications too. Often overlooked in the mid-market, the F800s probably deserve a little more attention for their abilities, even if they veer towards the capable, rather than exciting, end of the spectrum.
- New rider modes
- Styling improvements
- New instrument dials
Their shared 90bhp parallel-twin engine now meets the more stringent emissions requirements imposed on 2017 models, while the addition of a ride-by-wire throttle means that the duo now also get a pair of riding modes as standard: Road for everyday riding, and Rain for when the tarmac is wet or slippery. These are not linked to any sort of traction control, but tailor the throttle response to the conditions. Spend a little extra, and you can get the plug-in Dynamic mode, which sharpens up the throttle response for a sportier power delivery.
The facts – F800R
- Seat height 790mm
The facts – F800GT
- Seat height 800mm
The rider’s eye view is near-identical, the two-clock dash using new faces, while both bikes get modified exhausts. The R can be fitted with an optional higher handlebar and lower seat option – making it more accessible to the shorter of leg – and optional ‘Design’ wheels feature a Motorsport paintjob with red rim pinstripes. Both 800s have the option of switching the newly updated end can for the official BMW Akrapovic HP item, which adds an extra dose of braap to the soundtrack.
Despite most of the components and features being shared, there are a few features that sets the pair apart. Most obvious is the difference in clothing, the R being a naked roadster, while the GT gets a decent three-quarter fairing and screen to give it more distance comfort. The other key point of difference is the final drive, with the R using chain drive, while the more touring-focused GT gets a maintenance-free belt drive.
No prices have been released yet, but we expect very little change over the existing £7595 (R) and £8350 (GT).
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