BMW F800R (2009 - present)

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£5925
Available from
2009
BMW's F800R manages to be sensible, frugal and fun.
S and ST models have long distance capabilities.

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I bought one to do a lot of miles on... 8 months later it's done 18000 without letting me down once. It does what it says on the tin & it does it very well... I'd have another.

Strengths

economy (50mpg+) brakes handling engine plenty of factory extras available (ABS, computer, luggage etc.) BMW support

Weaknesses

not many aftermarket accessories yet could do with a higher screen option some folks see the chain as a disadvantage

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Put a softer compound (e.g. Conti Sport Attacks) for a track days and you're in for a lot of fun! Within a year of starting to ride, she did the first track day and scraped her boots: I think that speaks for itself.

Strengths

Engine character : lots of torque and a nice pull from 6.5 krpm Bicycle: it flicks very easily and fun to play with Comfort : touring is very easy weight & height : light enough for a girl beginner Looks Range Steering damper

Weaknesses

Original can doesn't sound right -> remus hexacone is a lot better

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Submitted by bounty320i on Wed, 17/08/2011 - 11:54

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A great bike for everyday commuting and track.

Strengths

Quality Fun Factor Handling Equipment BMW

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Submitted by Marcus Raele on Wed, 24/04/2013 - 19:23

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I am enjoying very much... sometimes I feel more addicted that I would like to... very strong personality design,,, some can not go w/ it

Strengths

Is a BMW... so is trustworthy built ABS present... makes me fell mores secure for unexpected things Motor is a Rotax... this is the only kind of motor allowed in small planes in many countries for safeness Is

Weaknesses

4 cilinders sounds better My girlfriend did not like much the back seat.. she prefer to ride with my 115cc scooter (LOL)

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Submitted by Jon Ginder on Sat, 30/11/2013 - 06:29

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I was late to biking (50+) but did DAS; passed my test on Tuesday 12th, bought bike Wednesday 13th. Have done 550 miles in almost daily rides since. Easy bike to ride and puts a grin on my face. Yes, pegs do vibrate above 70 and shape of tank (I know it houses airbox/battery not fuel) channels cold air into crutch but but otherwise fantastic to ride. I'm off to The Algarve at Christmas so I'll update this after that trip.

Strengths

pretty easy to ride, economy, torque, light weight

Weaknesses

none so far

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Submitted by Jon Ginder on Sun, 23/03/2014 - 07:03

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Now done 4,500 miles in 4 winter months and the bike is fantastic in all conditions. I still get excited every time I swing a leg over it. Recently replaced the Metzler tyres with Bridgestone's and it rides/grips much better;smoother too.

Strengths

Ease of everything, fast, reliable, frugal, fun

Weaknesses

Exhaust sound, all a bit buted

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Submitted by Angus Robertson on Wed, 01/10/2014 - 20:11

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It is a hard choice with so many outstanding naked bikes on the market. I bought mine second hand in case I did not like it, I am looking to get a new bike next year and it will be the F800R again. For commuting to work it is probably the best bike in its class due to economy!

Strengths

Economical, handling, comfortable, heated grips are an excellent + Turns a few heads! Reliable

Weaknesses

Does not have the same roar as my previous bike (Ducati 900 Monster)

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I did two years on a Suzuki GZ125 before going for my DAS. Initially I wanted a Honda CBR 650F, but the cheapest insurance I could find was £2000+ I rode several different bikes, including an ER6f & n, GSX-600F and a STriple before someone recommended the BMW. Up to that point, none of those had really ticked all the boxes for me. What a bike! All year round commuter with enough oomph for weekend blitzes, cheap to run, dirt cheap to insure even for a new, young rider like me. Never would have imagined a week after passing my test I'd be on an 800, but it's just such an easy & hassle-free bike to ride. Everything works as it should, I can see why it's popular abroad. She handles great, is comfy on long rides, feels very light and flickable, isn't thirsty at all. A minor gripe is that the fuel tank is a little on the small side, but it depends on what you want it for. It does my daily 12 mile commute plus occasional ancillary evening and weekend rides for a fortnight before I have to fill up, and that's fine by me. I will say that I haven't taken a pillion - the seat doesn't look comfy at all for long trips. Plenty of aftermarket support out there to rectify that though. I got the LED indicators, 12V accessory socket, heated grips, flyscreen and on-board computer when I bought mine, but even without them I'd still buy it again over any of the other bikes mentioned. Do yourself a favour if you're in the market for a new bike and test ride an F800R.

Strengths

* Sleek profile - angular ABS fairing pieces appeal to some (me included) * Well-behaved throttle and tall first gear makes the city commute an easy job * Underseat fuel tank for a low centre of gravity, balance is spot on * Triple figure MPG on top gear motorway cruises, never less than 60 MPG round town * ABS as standard * More popular elsewhere in Europe & the US equals cheap insurance for younger riders here in the UK

Weaknesses

* Looks - not everyone shares my love of the styling of this bike, especially the angular ABS side panels * Small-ish fuel tank - bike is very fuel efficient, but you've still got a 150 - 200 mile range between fill ups * Stock exhaust fairly tame under 2500 RPM * Not really viable for regular pillion passengers without aftermarket extras - the rear seat isn't very accommodating

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