The 2010 BMW F800GS travels across Idaho with the KTM 690 Enduro R to establish the pros and cons of adventure motorcycles. Read the full report in our 2010 BMW F800GS Comparison.
- Along with the factory-offered bag system, our test bike included heated grips, ABS and a dazzling array of electronic displays that included a fuel gauge with an estimated remaining tank mileage calculation.
- The BMW offers much better protection for the rider. However, it's best suited to blocking wind and rain rather than bombing through creeks.
- If we had to get off and scout ahead, the KTM was always first to test what's passable and what isn't.
- This was the only time we were worried about the BMW, but some helping hands were all that were needed.
- Both bikes get roughly the same fuel economy, though the Beemer should get some credit for packing extra luggage weight.
- Standing on the BMW isn't as comfortable as the 690.
- . The inverted 45mm Marzocchi fork looks like it is ready for some serious action, but that is mostly window dressing. Sadly it is completely non-adjustable. The soft spring rates let you know very quickly that obstacles are not to be tackled with aggression.
- Our F800GS had to travel nearly 1000 miles just to get to the testing location, so it was strapped with full luggage and acted as the mule for all of our camera gear.
- Shifting the 800 is just like we expect from a Beemer, a bit clunky, but effective.
- The BMW F800GS and KTM 690 Enduro R both rank at the top of our list of favorite adventure bikes. But, which one is the best?
- What we have are two bikes of similar displacement and cost, both billed as adventure bikes.
- The theme of luxury carries over to almost every aspect of the 800’s ride quality.
- This is exactly the type of off-roading the 800 loves to do. Scenic and relatively mild.
- The Beemer's size and weight are limiting factors when searching for new trails.