It’s been one of the most anticipated multi-purpose bikes to arrive on our shores in 2009. The new BMW F800GS has arrived and we found it more than agreeable during our ride in southern Utah.
- 2009 BMW F800GS
- The motor acts as a semi-stressed member of the frame. Overall the chassis is comfortable for pavement touring or off-road exploration.
- Jumping the Beemer taxes the suspension easily, but were were brave enough to try a few things.
- It practically oozes temptation, but, at least for our dirt-biased tester, this GS model actually delivers matching performance.
- The 2009 BMW F800GS is designed to get you to more remote places with greater ease, and it succeeds in every aspect.
- With more confidence in the machine beneath us, we were able to appreciate the surrounding scenery of southern Utah even more.
- Try doing this with the R1200GS. BMW's new F800GS was designed with the dirt enthusiast in mind.
- We hit an indicated 120 mph before running out of nerve, but the motor still had a little room.
- rake components are both a stong and weak point for the F800GS. The dual setup on the front is excellent, but the rear has issues with a hard-to-reach pedal.
- With its agreeable nature, movable weight and manageable cost, the F800GS can, and will, punch the ticket on Average Joe's passport.
- Ergonomics are very comfortable on the new 800 and we stood at virtually every opportunity with ease - not that sitting is unwelcome either.
- As with any new bike, make sure to check the torque on bolts after the first ride to avoid losing parts. We saw a brake caliper fall off.
- The mirrors work great, and the views you'll find in them can be impressive.
- Thankfully, BMW opted to use a spring shock rather than the air-damping contraption found on its previous 'dirt-oriented' machines, the HP2 and XChallenge.
- A plastic skidplate mounts to the underbelly of the un-cradled motor.
- Our test bike was equipped with the Standard Package upgrades ($1505) which included optional ABS.
- This Sunset Yellow is our favorite, but the Dark Magnesium Metallic isn't too shabby either.