2013 BMW F800GT - First Look

Middleweight twin-cylinder sport-tourer unveiled in Italy.

2013 BMW F800GT

2013 BMW F800GT

Milan—The dramatic evolution of the immortal boxer-Twin wasn’t the only novelty BMW had up its sleeve this year. At EICMA, BMW unveiled a full-dress version of the F series parallel-Twin that will replace the F800ST.

A sporty yet protective fairing is the major styling addition to the F800GT, which retains the ST’s other body components, including the 4.0-gallon gas tank and stepped seat. To my eyes, the new combination is more attractive than the ST, especially in elegant Metallic Dark Graphite.

The dohc 798cc engine now generates a claimed 90 horsepower at 8000 rpm, 5 hp more than the F800ST, with a respectable 63.4 foot-pounds of peak torque at 5800 rpm. The bike is equipped with twin 320mm front-brake rotors and four-piston Brembo calipers. ABS is standard equipment.

BMW says the belt-driven bike tips the scales at 470 pounds, yet it reportedly accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds and is capable of speeds greater than 120 mph.

Ergonomics have been improved over the ST by adopting a taller handlebar to take advantage of the wind and weather protection granted by the new fairing.

Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) are factory-installed options. BMW also offers saddlebags, a top case, heated grips and an Akrapovic titanium slip-on silencer that saves about 4 pounds and should make the engine note sound throatier.

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EICMA 2012 Preview: 2013 BMW F800GT

EICMA 2012 Preview: 2013 BMW F800GT

EICMA 2012 Preview: 2013 BMW F800GT

EICMA 2012 Preview: 2013 BMW F800GT

EICMA 2012 Preview: 2013 BMW F800GT

EICMA 2012 Preview: 2013 BMW F800GT

2013 BMW F800GT - left-side view

2013 BMW F800GT - left-side view

2013 BMW F800GT - instrument panel

2013 BMW F800GT - instrument panel

2013 BMW F800GT - front wheel

2013 BMW F800GT - front wheel

2013 BMW F800GT - headlight

2013 BMW F800GT - headlight

2013 BMW F800GT - rear wheel

2013 BMW F800GT - rear wheel

2013 BMW F800GT - rear wheel section

2013 BMW F800GT - rear wheel section

2013 BMW F800GT - rear saddlebags

2013 BMW F800GT - rear saddlebags

2013 BMW F800GT - right front 3/4 view

2013 BMW F800GT - right front 3/4 view

2013 BMW F800GT - name plate

2013 BMW F800GT - name plate

2013 BMW F800GT - rear view

2013 BMW F800GT - rear view