2014 BMW F 800 GS Adventure

May 04, 2013 View Comments by

2014 BMW F 800 GS AdventureBMW’s top of the range adventure machine, the R 1200 GS Adventure, finally has a little brother. Though the F 800 GS has been around for quite awhile, the 2014 model will be the first to gain the “Adventure” treatment. Mechanically the new middleweight adventure is identical to the standard F 800 GS with its 798cc parallel twin producing 85 horsepower and 61 pound-feet of torque mated to a six-speed gearbox. The two bikes also share the same tubular steel frame, though the Adventure’s rear subframe had to be strengthened to support the weight of the substantially larger fuel tank. At a whopping 6.3 gallons, the Adventure carries over two gallons more fuel than the standard model, increasing range by about 100 miles. Which brings us to the other differences between the two. Seat height, unsurprisingly, climbs .4 inches on the Adventure model to 35, and you can’t get the low suspension option that’s available on the standard model. The Adventure also comes with a new seat, larger windscreen, “enduro” footrests, adjustable and reinforced rear brake lever, engine protection bar, and a pannier rack (which doubles as a tank protection bar). All these extras add 33 pounds bringing wet weight to 505 pounds.

Both bikes come standard with ABS, but other technological goodies like Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) and Automatic Stability Control (ASC) are boxes on the option menu. On the Adventure model, the ASC option is available with a special Enduro mode designed for rough terrain. The Adventure also sets itself apart with what BMW calls “robust and masculine GS Adventure bodywork styling.” There’s no word on pricing yet, but expect it to be somewhere north of the F 800 GS’s $12,090 MSRP.


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