MILAN – Although BMW unveiled three new K 1300s and the S1000RR sportbike at Germany’s INTERMOT show last month, the Munich-based OEM saved two new products for an unveiling today at EICMA. Joining the three previously released bikes are the never-before-seen F 800 R and Lo Rider concept.
BMW F 800 R
Sure to be a model appreciated by a wide range of riders, the F 800 R is the latest addition to the F 800 series launched in 2006. In addition to the F 800 S, the first model variation to be presented, and the F 800 ST with its touring capabilities, the series was supplemented in 2007 with the F 800 GS. Now, with the new F 800 R – a bike closely based on the big BMW roadster K 1300 R in its design – BMW takes the logical step of expanding the F 800 model series further by presenting a sporty model the company says was designed for “maximum riding fun.”
Offering a claimed output of 87hp at approx. 8,000 rpm, the engine of the F 800 R is the 798cc liquid-cooled parallel twin similar to that found in the F 800 S, but with further optimization of engine and throttle response thanks to a new throttle valve kinematic system.
Suspension is handled by a 43mm telescopic fork in the front and a cast aluminum double-sided swingarm mated to an pre-load and rebound adjustable rear strut. Braking is supplied by twin 320mm discs and Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers for the front wheel and a single-piston floating caliper on a 265mm disc in the rear. These help stop the 3.5 x 17 with a 120/70 ZR 17 front wheel and tire combination and the 5.5 x 17 with a 180/55 ZR 17 rear tire combination.
Special equipment features include optional standard BMW Motorrad ABS, heated grips, a lower or higher seat option, anti-theft warning system, tire pressure control, on-board computer, LED turn signals, a color-matching sport windshield, power socket and main stand. Available accessories include a luggage bridge, mounting kit for pannier holder, sports pannier with variable volume, a small topcase, a tank bag, pillion passenger seat cover, engine spoiler, radiator trim panel, a sports silencer by Akrapović and engine protection bracket. (Continued)