2014 BMW F800GS Adventure - First Look

New version of the F800GS is worthy of the “Adventure” name.

BMW F800GS Adventure photo off-road action

BMW F800GS Adventure - off-road action #1

Until now, BMW Motorrad has applied the "Adventure" moniker only to its large GS models with Boxer engines. In mid-June, however, that changes with the debut of the all-new 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure, a bike designed to be better in the dirt than a standard F800GS while also being a much-improved touring rig.

So, what makes this new version of the BMW F800GS an Adventure? It starts with the tubular steel trellis frame, which is basically stock F800GS hardware but is fitted with a strengthened rear subframe designed to handle the increased loads of off-road riding and the heavier new fuel tank, which, at 6.3 gallons, is 2.1 gallons larger than a standard F800GS’s. What’s more, the F800GS Adventure has new bodywork designed to keep proportions right, even with the large tank, while a larger windscreen, a more comfortable bench seat (now two-tone) and hand protectors make the bike much more pleasant on long days in the saddle. Other F800GS Adventure-specific parts include wide enduro footpegs (with removable rubber covers), a strengthened (and adjustable) foot brake lever, a pannier rack that also protects the large fuel tank, and a tubular protection bar for the engine.

Regarding the engine, it’s unchanged from the F800GS. It’s the familiar, liquid-cooled, 798cc parallel-Twin that smoothly puts out a claimed 85 horsepower at 7500 rpm and 61 ft.-lb. of peak torque at 5750 rpm. The transmission is also the same, a six-speed that helps BMW’s catalyst-equipped dry-sump powerplant stay in the thick of its powerband.

BMW F800GS Adventure (Racing red) with accessories - studio right-side view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Racing red) with accessories - studio right-side view

As with all BMWs, ABS is standard, and it can be switched off. Moreover, BMW’s Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) is available as an option. Via a button near the left handgrip, the rider can select “Comfort,” “Normal,” or “Sport” modes, each offering an increasingly stiff damping rate. Spring preload is adjusted manually via a hand wheel.

An optional Enduro package includes Automatic Stability Control (ASC). Most significant to dirt-road explorers, the Enduro package has an “Off-Road” mode similar to that found on the new liquid-cooled R1200GS, which softens throttle response and optimizes ABS and traction control for loose surfaces. By minimizing, but not eliminating, ABS and TC intervention, some slip is allowed on loose surfaces, aiding both acceleration and braking. Of note, the “Off-Road” mode is available only with the Enduro package, whereas ASC is also available on its own.

BMW says the new 2014 F800GS Adventure, with its larger tank, has a range 100 miles greater than the standard F800GS’s. Moreover, BMW claims the new Adventure gets 55 mpg at a constant 55 mph, which is good but 7 mpg less than the standard F800GS. The new Adventure also has a slightly higher seat (35.0 in. vs. 34.6), and BMW says the bike’s fully fueled weight of 505 lb. is 33 lb. heavier than the standard F800GS’s. Also worth noting: The standard F800GS is available with a low suspension option, whereas the new F800GS Adventure is not.

BMW F800GS Adventure on-road action

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Available in two colors (Sandrover Matte or Racing Red), BMW’s new 2014 F800GS Adventure starts at a base price of $13,550. Most bikes at BMW dealers, however, will be available as models with packages that combine options. The Premium model, which starts at $14,350, is fitted with both the Enduro package (“Off-Road” mode and ASC) and the Comfort package (heated grips, on-board computer, center stand). Topping it all off is what BMW calls the “Fully Loaded” model, an F800GS Adventure with the works. This bike has all that the Premium Package offers, plus an Active Package that includes LED foglights, and, most significant to us, ESA. All for $14,350.

Seems like a reasonable price for a well-equipped, new middleweight ADV bike that’s worthy of the Adventure name and can be ordered with a host of accessories including an aluminum top case and saddlebags. As such, the new F800GS Adventure—fitted with triple-disc brakes and a 21-in. front wheel and a 17-in. rear—looks like a great bike for exploring, a legitimate option for those who may be waiting for the new R1200GS Adventure to arrive next year, or for those who might simply think the big-bore GS Adventure is a bit too much bike for them.

That stated, wouldn’t it have been great if BMW had chosen instead to make an R800GS and an R800GS Adventure, bikes powered by a venerable, character-rich, boxer motor? Hey, nobody said we couldn’t dream...

SPECIFICATIONS
ENGINE
Type|Water-cooled, 4-stroke parallel-Twin, four valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication
Bore x stroke|82mm x 75.6mm
Capacity|798cc
Rated output|85 hp at 7500 rpm
Max. torque|61 ft.-lb. at 5750 rpm
Compression ratio|12.0:1
Mixture control/engine management|Electronic fuel injection, digital engine management (BMS-K+)
Emission control|Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter/emission standard EU-3
PERFORMANCE/FUEL COMSUMPTION
Maximum speed|120 mph
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h|55 mpg, at a constant 55 mph
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h|
Fuel type|Premium Unleaded
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Alternator|three-phase alternator 400 W (rated power)
Battery|12 V/14 Ah, maintenance-free
POWER TRANSMISSION
Clutch|Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated
Gearbox|Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox integrated into crankcase
Drive|Endless O-ring chain with shock damping in rear wheel hub
CHASSIS/BRAKES
Frame|Tubular steel trellis frame, load-bearing engine
Front wheel location/suspension|43mm upside-down telescopic fork
Rear wheel location/suspension|Cast aluminum dual swing arm, WAD strut (travel related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable, rebound damping adjustable
Suspension travel front/rear|9.1 in./8.5 in.
Wheelbase|62.1 in.
Castor|4.6 in.
Steering head angle|64°
Wheels|Wire spoke wheels
Rim, front|2.15 x 21"
Rim, rear|4.25 x 17"
Tires, front|90/90R- 21 54V
Tires, rear|150/70R-17 69V
Brake, front|300mm dual floating discs, two-piston floating calipers, ABS
Brake, rear|265mm single disc, single-piston floating caliper, ABS
ABS|standard
DIMENSIONS/WEIGHTS
Length|90.7 in.
Width (incl. mirrors)|36.4 in.
Height (excl. mirrors)|57.1 in.
Seat height, unladen weight|35.0 in. standard; low seat 33.9 in. (available as accessories and/or factory options)
Inner leg curve, unladen weight|77.2 in. standard; optional inner leg curve (inseam) 75.6 in. (seats available as accessories and/or factory options)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled|505 lb.
Dry weight|
Permitted total weight|1001 lb.
Payload (with standard equipment)|496 lb.
Usable tank volume|6.3 gal.
Reserve|Approx. 1 gal.
BMW F800GS Adventure - off-road action #1

BMW F800GS Adventure - off-road action #1

BMW F800GS Adventure - off-road action #2

BMW F800GS Adventure - off-road action #2

BMW F800GS Adventure - off-road action #3

BMW F800GS Adventure - off-road action #3

BMW F800GS Adventure - off-road action #4

BMW F800GS Adventure - off-road action #4

BMW F800GS Adventure - on-road action #1

BMW F800GS Adventure - on-road action #1

BMW F800GS Adventure - on-road action #2

BMW F800GS Adventure - on-road action #2

BMW F800GS Adventure - on-road action #3

BMW F800GS Adventure - on-road action #3

BMW F800GS Adventure (Racing red) - studio left-side view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Racing red) - studio left-side view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Racing red) with accessories - studio right-side view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Racing red) with accessories - studio right-side view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - studio left-side view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - studio left-side view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - studio right-side view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - studio right-side view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - studio 3/4 view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - studio 3/4 view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) with accessories - studio left-side view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) with accessories - studio left-side view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - studio front section view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - studio front section view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - studio rear section view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - studio rear section view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - studio cockpit view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - studio cockpit view

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - headlights/windshield

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - headlights/windshield

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - mirror/grip

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - mirror/grip

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - Enduro aluminium engine guard

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - Enduro aluminium engine guard

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - seat

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - seat

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - aluminium luggage system

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - aluminium luggage system

BMW F800GS Adventure (Racing red) - outdoor still

BMW F800GS Adventure (Racing red) - outdoor still

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - outdoor still

BMW F800GS Adventure (Sandrover matte) - outdoor still

BMW F800GS Adventure - group shot

BMW F800GS Adventure - group shot