The F800GS, one of the renowned mid-capacity off-roaders from the BMW stable has been knighted upon with the ‘Adventure’ Tag. Though under the skin it’s still the same old BMW F800GS with a 4 valve 798cc parallel twin pumping out 85 bhp of power and 83 nm of torque, BMW has given it several adventure accessories making it a cheaper alternative to those looking for an adventure touring machine and in case one’s dream of owning the behemoth BMW R1200GS shoots over budget.
To start off with, the fuel tank capacity has been raised to accommodate an extra 8 litres to a total of 24 litres as compared to the 16 litres on the F800GS. BMW claims that the bigger fuel tank would increase the range of the BMW F800GS Adventure by 160 kms (100 miles).
Other adventure specific accessories include a revised body design, engine protection guards- though the engine doesn’t protrude out like the boxers on the R1200GS, pannier racks to carry your house if needed and also serving as a tank protection guards, wider enduro footpegs for enhanced seating comfort, hand protectors, a larger touring screen to keep the wind of your chest and head and a taller seating position at 890mm, 10mm more than the regular F800GS.
Optional equipment includes Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA), Low seat, Centre stand (whaaaat, optional on an adventure bike? Damn!), heated grips, center stand, Enduro package that includes ASC and Enduro mode, LED Fog Lights and an anti-theft alarm system.
We wish similar choices existed for the Indian enthusiasts too..but alas!
Anyways, the detailed specifications are as below:
|Engine Type||Water-cooled 4-stroke in-line two-cylinder engine|
|Bore x stroke||82 mm x 75.6 mm|
|Rated output||85 hp @ 7,500 rpm|
|Max. torque||83 nm @ 5,750 rpm|
|Mixture control / engine management||Electronic fuel injection, digital engine management (BMS-K+)|
|Emission control||Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter / emission standard EU-3|
|Maximum speed||193 kph|
|Clutch||Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated|
|Gearbox||Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox integrated into crankcase|
|Drive||Endless O-ring chain with shock damping in rear wheel hub|
|Frame||Tubular steel trellis frame, load-bearing engine|
|Front wheel location / suspension||Upside-down telescopic fork, Ø 43 mm|
|Rear wheel location / suspension||Cast aluminium dual swing arm, WAD strut , spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable, rebound damping adjustable|
|Suspension travel front / rear||9.1 inches / 8.5 inches (230 mm / 215 mm)|
|Wheelbase||62.1 inches (1,578 mm)|
|Castor||4.6 inches (117 mm)|
|Wheels||Wire spoke wheels|
|Tyres, front||90/90 – 21 54V|
|Tyres, rear||150/70 – 17 69V|
|Brake, front||Dual floating discs, Ø 300 mm, two-piston floating calipers, ABS|
|Brake, rear||Single disc, diameter 265 mm, single-piston floating caliper, ABS|
|Length||90.7 inches (2,305 mm)|
|Width (incl. mirrors)||36.4 inches (925 mm)|
|Height (excl. mirrors)||57.1 inches (1,450 mm)|
|Seat height||35.0 inches|
|Unladen weight, fully fuelled||229 kgs|
|Usable tank capacity||24 liters|