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2009 BMW F800GS Adventure

Submitted by on March 29, 2012 – 11:40 pmNo Comment

2009 BMW F800GS Adventure – The venerable R1200GS is an icon of adventure riding. It set the standard from which all other bikes chasing this market segment would be judged. The growth of this on-off road market spawned a number of new-comers, some better off-road, some much lighter and more agile than the rather hefty GSs, and some just hoping to ride the GS’ coattail if only to catch the eye of would-be buyers who think themselves adventurous.

BMW saw a hole in the rapidly expanding adventure motorcycle market (a market essentially created by the company) and knew they had just the bike to fill the gap, or at least had the basic platform of a bike already in place.

By BMW’s count there are upwards of over 12 models of bikes worldwide – including BMWs – that make up the adventure or near adventure segment. Spanning a range from what you might call smaller “all-arounders,” to hardcore dirt bikes in loose-fitting street clothes, some of these include Kawasaki’s 650cc Versys (finally a CA model in ’09!), Suzuki’s DL650 and DL1000 VStroms, Honda’s Transalp (formerly a U.S. model), BMW’s G650 XCountry, R1200GS, HP2 Enduro, and KTM’s formidable 990 Adventure.

On the far end of the extreme spectrum, selections are more limited with KTM’s 690 Enduro and 450 EXC trading punches with BMW’s new G450X and G650 XChallenge (though that model is dropped from the line, as is the XMoto, for 2009). In the middle ground there are even fewer players, as BMW sees it, with KTM’s 690 Adventure, and a non-U.S. model from Yamaha called the XT660Z Tenere. And this is exactly where BMW capitalized by creating the F800GS and F650GS (though still an 800cc).

otomaps.com source article: www.netcarshow.com www.motorcycle.com www.roushperformance.com

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