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2012-01-13 13:06

EASY RIDER: BMW's F800 R has a number of seat heights so should be rideable by event the petite among us - male and female..

JD van ZYL

BMW's mid-weight naked F800 R for 2012 is slightly less odd-looking but mechanicallly unchanged

It's never been a model that you’d describe as attractive. Certainly not in the traditional sense of the word.

For 2012 BMW has made a number of changes to the mid-weight naked model to address that. Although it is still unlikely to win any beauty pageants, it is at least slightly less odd-looking than before.


Most notable is the bike’s new radiator cowls and mudguards, now in body colour, as well as a striking red shock spring which highlights its “sporty” character.

“Technically, the new F800 R will retain its proven concept,” says BMW. “The engine is still the liquid-cooled, parallel twin with quad-valve technology and a capacity of 798cc.”

According to the company the highly distinctive engine provides impressive pulling power, a spontaneous response and a low level of fuel consumption. The engine output is 64kW at 8000rpm and maximum torque 86Nm at 6000rpm.

The 2012 version of the R weighs in at 177kg dry and is available in white with black gloss, red with white metallic matte and silver metallic.

COOL COLOUR COMBOS: Who says a dual-purpose bike has to be plain? The 2012 F800 R has a kiind of confused brightness about it.

Type: Water-cooled, four-stroke, in-line, two-cylinder, two overhead camshafts, quad valves, dry sump lubrication
Bore 82mm, stroke 75.6mm
Capacity: 798cc
Rated output: 64kW at 8000rpm
Max. torque: 86 Nm at 6000rpm
Compression ratio: 12:1
Mixture control / engine management: Electronic intake pipe injection / digital engine management
Emissions control: Closed-loop, three-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3 Maximum speed: More than 200km/h Power transmission
Clutch: Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated
Gearbox: Constant mesh six-speed gearbox in crankcase
Drive :Endless O-ring chain with shock damping in rear wheel hub

Chassis / brakes Frame: Bridge-type frame, cast aluminium, load-bearing engine
Front wheel location / suspension: Telescopic fork, Ø 43mm
Rear wheel location / suspension: Cast aluminium dual swing arm, central spring strut, spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at hand wheel, rebound damping adjustable
Suspension travel front / rear: 125/125mm
Wheelbase: 1520mm Castor: 90.7mm
Steering head angle: 65°
Wheels: Cast aluminum wheels Rim, front: 3.50 x 17" Rim, rear: 5.50 x 17"
Tyres, front:120/70 ZR 17 Tyres, rear: 180/55 ZR 17
Brakes, front: Dual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 320mm, four-piston fixed callipers
Brake, rear: Single disc, diameter 265mm, single-piston floating caliper
ABS optional extra

Dimensions / weights
Length: 2145mm
Width (incl. mirrors: 905mm
Height (excl. mirrors): 1160mm
Seat height, unladen weight: 800mm, low seat 775mm, high seat 925mm
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled: 199 kg
Dry weight: 177kg
Usable tank volume: 16 litres

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