EICMA 2016 : BMW Motorrad F 800 R and F 800 GT revealed

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BMW Motorrad enhanced its product range in the popular mid-range category by revising the F 800 R roadster and the sports touring bike F 800 GT. The water-cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine with a capacity of 798 cc continues to ensure propulsion in both models. It has an output of 66 kW / 90 hp at 8 000 rpm. While the roadster F 800 R has a chain as secondary drive, as is typical of the segment, the F 800 GT offers power delivery with its maintenance-free toothed belt, geared towards lengthier motorcycle trips.

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The motorbikes have been adapted to the new EURO4 regulations for model year 2017. The visual hallmark here is the newly designed end piece of the stainless steel tailpipe. As part of the process, the HP sports silencer by Akrapovič was also redesigned and is available as an Original BMW Motorrad Accessory.

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A ride-by-wire system now passes on the rider’s commands directly from a sensor on the twist grip to the engine control system and therefore to the throttle valve. This also allows implementation of the new standard riding modes “Rain” and “Road” for riding on damp and dry road surfaces respectively as well as the riding mode “Dynamic” to support a more sporty riding style, the latter being available as an ex works option.

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The new F 800 R and F 800 GT have an instrument panel consisting of two analog displays for the speedometer and engine speed as before and also a multifunction display. In the new model year 2017, a so-called MIL (Malfunction Indicator Light) is provided in the cockpit in line with EURO4 requirements. There are also newly designed dials which ensure improved readability, and the display has been extended to include riding mode information. Three new colour variants give the new F 800 R and F 800 GT a more distinctive and characteristic appearance.

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New, higher handlebars are available for the new F 800 R ex works which meets the rider’s need for a more relaxed seating posture. In conjunction with a low seat, these new handlebars also provides an ergonomic alternative for riders of shorter stature.

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The new F 800 R with the “Design Option” wheels (ex works option) will appeal to those who prefer a motorcycle with a strikingly sporty look. Here there is a decorative red line around the edge of the wheel rim that emphasises the sporty, dynamic aspirations of the new roadster, very much in the style of the superbike BMW S 1000 RR.

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The motorcycles can also be customised with the original BMW Motorrad Accessories. For example, a newly designed HP sports silencer is available for the F 800 R and the F 800 GT which is aimed to provide a throaty sound along with a very sporty design.

An overview of the highlights:

  • Adaptation to EURO4 requirements.
  • Newly designed end piece of the standard exhaust tailpipe.
  • Ride-by-wire system for improved response and controllability.
  • Riding modes “Rain” and “Road” as standard.
  • “Dynamic” riding mode for a sportier riding style as an ex works option.
  • Instrument panel with new dials, MIL indicator lamp and riding mode display.
  • Windshield with matted model inscription (F 800 GT).
  • New model inscription in galvanised look (F 800 GT).

New attractive colour schemes:

F 800 R: Racing Red non-metallic, Blackstorm metallic, BMW Motorsport (Lightwhite non-metallic/Lupine Blue metallic/Racing Red non-metallic).

F 800 GT: Gravity Blue metallic matt, Lightwhite non-metallic, Blackstorm metallic.

  • New ex works options such as higher handlebars (F 800 R) and “Design

Option wheels (F 800 R).

New Original BMW Motorrad Accessories, e.g. HP sports silencer.

  • EU4 adaptation and ride-by-wire system for an even better response and additional riding modes.

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