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2012 BMW F 800 GT - Web Exclusive

BMW evolves the sport-tuned grand touring motorcycle.

Ezekiel Wheeler
Nov 14, 2012
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Bumping up the horsepower from 85 to 90 the new F 800 GT (replacing the F800 ST) is setting a new benchmark when it comes to the sport-tuned grand tourer motorcycle. Equipped with ABS (standard now), Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Electronic Suspension Adjustment (EAS) the new F 800 GT brings the very best in comfort and performance.

The exterior has also received a boost, a newly designed fairing and windshield for improved wind and weather protection. The rims seem to have gone on an Atkins diet while receiving unique design treatment. Seating positions have been ergonomically redesigned for optimal comfort and effective packaging for a wide range of BMW accessories or if you decide to take along a passenger.

The high-torque, water-cooled 2-cylinder in-line engine with a capacity of 798 cc continues to provide dynamic propulsion in the new F 800 GT. It features electronic fuel injection, a closed-loop catalytic converter and a 6-speed gearbox for an excitingly spontaneous response, impressive pulling power and a low level of fuel consumption.

As part of the BMW Motorrad program of special accessories, the new F 800 GT can also be fitted with an Akrapovič sports silencer. This slip-on silencer (muffler) provides a particularly earthy 2-cylinder sound. Made of titanium and stainless steel it enables a weight reduction of approximately 3.7lbs as compared to the standard rear silencer.

The suspension has received a message in order to keep with the agile and comfortable GT BMW was aiming for. The rear swingarm is extended by 2 inches for enhanced ride stability. A slight reduction of spring travel by 0.6 inches to 4.9 inches reduces squat while also increasing ride stability and providing a more precise ride feel, as well as allowing a reduction in seat height from 33.1 inches to 31.5 inches.

The instrument cluster has been given a new dial face design as well as indicator lights for the newly added ESA and ASC systems. Gear display, stopwatch, exterior temperature display and several other display functions still form part of the optional on-board computer.

Drawing on the BMW Motorrad range of special accessories and ex works options, the new BMW F 800 GT can be fitted with a new, innovative luggage system, which is perfect for travel and lengthy tours. Newly developed hard side-cases are used here for the first time. The cases are splash-proof and in the right-hand case - which is slightly larger (the volume on the left is slightly reduced due to the silencer) - there is also room for a helmet if necessary.

Finally the F 800 GT is offered in three new colors that are sure to set off the new design work and performance enhancements. Radiant Valencia orange metallic, Dark graphite metallic and Light White offer bold new choices in a bike that is sure to get you where you are going in style, comfort and exhilarate the ride to best performance BMW can provide.

By Ezekiel Wheeler
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