BMW Announces 2014 F800GS Adventure

May 7, 2013
Bart Madson
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Bashing away at the MotoUSA keyboard for nine years now, Madson lends his scribbling and editorial input on everything from bike reviews to industry analysis and motorcycle racing reports.

The F800 GS Adventure gains 32 pounds from the standard model thanks to its expanded fuel capacity.
The F800 GS Adventure gains a claimed 32 pounds over the standard model thanks to its expanded fuel capacity.

BMW will offer an up-spec Adventure version of its popular F800GS for the 2014 model year. The F800GS Adventure will feature off-road and touring upgrades, standard ABS and a whopping 6.3-gallon fuel load.

The new 800GS follows the same formula as the larger R1200GS Adventure. The most prominent change is the extra 2.1 gallons of fuel, up from 4.2 gallons on the standard model. Based off MotoUSA’s observed F800GS fuel economy of 48.1 mpg, the extra fuel should extend range from 200 miles to just over 300 miles. A reinforced subframe accommodates the extra fuel, with the new Adventure gaining 32 pounds from the standard model at a claimed 505 pounds.

No changes are in store for the familiar 798cc Parallel Twin. BMW claims 85 horsepower and 61 lb-ft torque. Last tested in our 2011 Middleweight Adventure Touring Comparison, the F800GS maxed out at 74.4 hp and 51.95 lb-ft torque on the MotoUSA dynamometer.

Bosch ABS comes standard on the new Adventure, with BMW’s proprietary Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) and Automatic Stability Control (ASC) systems available as factory options. The latter ASC also offers Enduro mode, which calibrates the ABS/ASC for off-road use.

The 2014 BMW F800 GS Adventure comes with a broader windscreen than the standard model.
Aluminum panniers and top case are available for the 2014 BMW F800 GS Adventure.
The 2014 BMW F800 GS Adventure comes with a broader windscreen than the standard model. Aluminum panniers and top case are just some of the host of accessory upgrades.

The Adventure’s durability is enhanced by engine crash bars and pannier rack, the latter helping protect the larger fuel tank. The brake pedal is also reinforced, with off-road punishment in mind. The pedal is adjustable for easier use when the rider is standing up in the saddle. This position is made easier by the 800GS Adventure’s wider footpegs.

A broader windscreen claims better protection from the elements, with handguards a standard feature. BMW hails a more comfortable seat for the Adventure, which at 35 inches is 0.4 inches higher than the standard GS. A low seat (33.9 inches) option is available.

As expected, a host of optional accessory upgrades are offered for the new GS. The aforementioned ASC and ESA headline the list, but several options are bundled together. Comfort Package ($400) delivers an onboard computer, heated grips and center stand. The Enduro Package ($400) provides ASC with Enduro mode, while the Active Package ($645) includes ESA and LED Fog Lights. Aluminum panniers and a top case are available as well.

The new Beemer expands BMW’s signature GS lineup to seven (the R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure, F800GS, F800GS Adventure, F700GS, G650GS and G650GS Sertao). It will look to build off the success of standard F800GS, and follow the blueprint of its larger displacement namesake. The R1200GS Adventure is second only to the standard R1200GS in BMW sales.

The F800GS Adventure will be available in the US as a 2014 model, offered in two colorways: Racing red and Sandrover matt. It sports a $13,550 MSRP, with an additional $495 destination charge.

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