2013 BMW F800GT Debuts at EICMA 2012

November 13, 2012
Bryan Harley
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BMW Motorrad introduced its latest mid-sized sport-touring machine at EICMA today, the F800GT set to replace the current F800ST model as the new BMW F800GT (Gran Turismo) is said to be more touring-biased than its predecessor.

Revisions to the sport tourer begin with the 798cc parallel Twin which now boasts a claimed 90 hp at 8000 rpm, up five horsepower over the F800ST. Specific revisions to the liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder, in-line engine were not listed, but BMW did say that the parallel Twin will be paired to a new exhaust system which could contribute to its power gains.

The BMW F 800 GT set to replace the current F 800 ST model as the new BMW F 800 GT  Gran Turismo  is said to be more touring-biased than its predecessor.
BMW announced its F800GT will replace the current F800ST model as its middleweight sport touring option. The 2013 F 800 GT gets a new windscreen, higher handlebars, and repositioned foot pegs. It’s Parallel Twin received a slight boost in horsepower as well. BMW demonstrates the sport side of the sport touring equation in the form of its F 800 GT.

Changes that make it more touring-friendly include a fresh design on the windscreen to better shield riders from the elements. BMW also moved the handlebars up and repositioned the footpegs. They tightened up the suspension settings as well which contributes to its increased load capacity of 207 kg (456 lbs), an increase of 11 kg. The seat has been revised in an attempt to make both rider and passenger more comfortable as the BMW F 800 GT saddle comes with three height settings. Lastly, BMW redid the luggage system to make it more ‘practical’ and re-designed the front fairing to better shelter riders.

The latest BMW middleweight sport tourer now comes with ABS as standard equipment, while the company’s ASC (Automatic Stability Control) and ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) are available as optional upgrades. The ESA allows riders to dial in the rebound on the rear with the push of a button, a handy feature for a bike whose weight will fluctuate frequently when it’s packed down for a road trip.

On the cosmetic side, the cockpit of the BMW F800GT sees the addition of new dial faces for the speedometer and engine display, while the handlebar switch panels and front brake fluid expansion tank sport a new wrinkle as well. The double-butted aluminum handlebars are new as well and have been designed to reduce vibrations. Color choices include Valencia Orange metallic, Dark Graphite metallic and Light White.

Overview of new technical features of the 2013 F800GT: (courtesy of BMW)
• Increased output of the F 800 GT as compared to predecessor model.
• 66 kW (90 bhp) at 8,000 rpm. (F 800 ST: 62.5 kW (85 bhp) at 8,000 rpm).
• Newly designed trim in more dynamic look with further improved wind and weather protection. New paint finishes.
• The latest generation of BMW Motorrad ABS, now as standard.
• Automatic Stability Control ASC.
• Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA.
• Convenient adjustment of rear spring mount using handwheel.
• Suspension optimized in terms of ride stability and comfort.
• New, lighter wheels in dynamic design.
• Adapted ergonomics for increased touring comfort with higher handlebars and repositioned footrests.
• Enhanced seating comfort for rider and passenger.
• New handlebar switch panels and front brake fluid expansion tank.
• New vibration-free and double-butted aluminum handlebars.
• Cockpit with new dial faces for speedometer and engine speed display as well as an extended range of information.
• Load capacity increased by 11 kg to 207 kg.
• New exhaust system with optimized heel protection.
• Turn indicators in smoke grey.
• Newly developed luggage system.
• New connection of BMW Motorrad Navigator IV to handlebar clamp (special accessory).
• Power reduction to 35 kW (48 bhp) (ex works option / special accessory).

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