Posted: 13 Dec 2013
BMW wanted a sportier middleweight machine in its range and came up with the F800R. Despite the lack of all-encompassing plastic and a screaming four-cylinder engine as would befit a Japanese supersport 600cc machine, the F800R is not a bad performer and a viable, less intimidating bike on which to get your sports riding kicks. The parallel-twin four-stroke engine is a gusty performer. Ok, it only makes 86-odd horsepower but comes with a good 64ftlb of torque that gives the bike sufficient drive all through the rev range. It loves to be revved and gives the feeling of speed even if isn’t cracking the 150mph barrier – expect 130mph while down on the tank and riding downhill. Expect the fuel figure to drop from an average ride’s 56.8mpg to low 30s when setting a record time home from work. The one criticism of the 798cc engine is it gives out buzzy vibrations when worked hard. Based on the F800ST Touring chassis, the aluminium beam frame and dual-sided swingarm are ample for the engine capacity and performance. Coupled with suspension that is perfectly adept for fast riding, the F800R is delight to push through twist and turns. Agile without being flighty; responsive and balanced; the F800R can cut it at track days as easy as it is to be ridden for mile after mile. The seating position isn’t typical sports bike but a half way house between comfort and attack stance. As with most BMW bikes, the more factory fit optional extras on the bike the higher the resale value – unfortunately a lot of people forget this and assume the asking price is way too high, so always check to see what is included in the price.
THE AD SAYS:
2009 (59reg), 798cc, 11,000 miles, orange
BMW F800R 2009.Less than 11k miles.Full extras with trip computer.12v lighter socket, ABS, comfort package, hand protectors, engine mushroom crash bungs, tank bag, top luggage rack, high wind shield, LED indicators.Excellent condition.For sale due to relocation.Contact: 07776371815. Price: £4500
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