The new model for 2009 from BMW Motorrad is quite different from the 650cc off-road-ready adventure bike available in the line since 2000. The bike’s highlight is the new parallel-twin engine that displaces almost 800cc.
While the BMW F 650 produces 71-horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 55 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm, the BMW F 800 GS offers up to 85 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 62 lb-ft at 5,750 rpm.
The F-Series GS has a more rational chain for its off-road durability and interchangeability, in contrast with most motorcycles from BMW that use a shaft drive. Thanks to the steel trellis frame mates with a double-sided swingarm, there is a stiff chassis. Moreover, in order to have a low center of gravity, the fuel is mounted below the seat.
Price begins at $8,255, but if you also want the Standard Package, the price goes up to $9,760. But who wouldn’t want the package, when it comes with heated hand grips, anti-lock brakes and an on-board computer?