2015 BMW F 800 R: Roadster Updates

Dec 09, 2014 View Comments by

2015 BMW F 800 R: Roadster UpdatesBMW’s mid displacement roadster is another of the German company’s models to get a refresh for 2015. To begin with, the bike’s 798cc parallel twin engine gets a modest bump in power from 87 to 90 horsepower; torque remains the same at 63 pound-feet. To further improve acceleration the transmission’s first two gears get shorter ratios. More noticeable changes were made to the F 800 R’s suspension as the bike receives new inverted front forks. The bike, which according to BMW is aimed at entry-level riders, also gets a reduced seat height compared with its predecessor (now 31.1 inches).

A new handlebar and radially mounted brake calipers, lighter wheels, and optional ASC (Automatic Stability Control) and ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) round out the mechanical and electronic updates. As on all BMWs, ABS is standard. Interestingly BMW has also done away with the previous model’s asymmetrical headlights, which have always been controversial to say the least. Could this aesthetic divergence hint at BMW admitting that those headlights weren’t the best idea? Only time will tell. BMW also added what they call a more “dynamic design” to the body along with new colors. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.


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