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BMW unveils all-new F 800 GS

2007-11-07 08:13
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer BMW
Model F 800 GS
Engine 789cc Parallel-twin
Power 63kW

JD van Zyl

Just more than a year ago Wheels24 caused a local furor when it uncovered BMW's plans to develop an F 800 GS middleweight motorcycle.

After much anticipation the German manufacturer unveiled this new model for the first time on Tuesday at the EICMA show in Milan along with a handful of other models.

Although there is little doubt that the F 800 GS is ultimately the show-stopper, BMW also showcased its new F 650 GS, G 450 X and updated versions of the R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure for the first time.

With the middleweight F 800 GS BMW closes a gap in its model line-up which has until now existed between the single cylinder F 650 GS and the much larger R 1200 GS twin-machines.

At the heart of this new model pumps a 798cc Parallel-twin with 63kW output, set in a new frame. The F 800 GS also boasts new suspension, which according to BMW, will satisfy even demanding riders. Like its smaller GS-sibling, the F 800 GS is chain-driven, and does not rely on the same belt drive as the F 800 S/ST.

According to BMW the F 800 GS combines, in true GS fashion, street cred and touring ability with serious off-road capabilities to bring riders the best of both worlds.

The new F 650 GS is propelled by the same twin-cylinder engine as the F 800 GS, as opposed to its former single cylinder, but with a limited power of 53kW.

BMW explains that the focus with the F 650 GS is on plenty of bottom-end torque, but with 15kW more than its predecessor the 650 should be everything but a sluggish starter.

Although the 1200cc GS-models didn't sacrifice any of their good looks, both models have been further developed and optimized on a technical level.

A stronger Boxer engine with 5% increased output and improved suspension are two of the most noteworthy improvements on the R 1200 GS, while its bodywork remains largely unchanged. For the first time the R 1200 GS will also benefit from BMW's ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment).

The R 1200 GS Adventure will similarly benefit from the same modifications as the R 1200 GS, without losing any of its off-road and around-the-world characteristics.

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