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BMW F800GS 2010

Submitted by on March 30, 2012 – 12:15 amNo Comment

The 800GS is equipped with tires that are barely more aggressive than street tires, although with a 21-inch front and a 17-inch rear hoop, real knobbies wouldn’t be hard to track down. Anyway, in stock form we took it easy in the dirt at first. The non-adjustable inverted fork is good for 9 inches of travel, while the adjustable, non-linkage single-shock rear suspension has 8.5 inches of travel. That’s not much by dirt bike standards, but compared to a street bike it sure is!

The trade-off with long wheel travel and a big, tall engine is a tall seat height of 34.6 inches. The bike has adequate ground clearance, and if it were any taller we’d probably fall over in the parking lot. The height is a little awkward on the street, but gives you great visibility and street cred, and it makes the 800GS surprisingly capable on rough terrain.

The handlebar looks like an oversized motocross unit, with a width and bend similar to those used on KTM dirt bikes. The motocross-style footpegs have removable rubber inserts stuck into the top to reduce vibration on the street and to keep you from tearing up your fancy dress shoes. Those inserts are removable easily for off-road use.

Aggressive ‘Attack position” standing ergonomics on the trail are surprisingly much like any other dirt bike. We’ve heard other opinions, but on our test bike the clutch was light and easy to modulate, and the transmission shifted great, with tight gear ratios that were surprisingly appropriate for easy trail conditions. In fact, if we were on the highway all the time we’d want to gear it up to reduce revs by installing a bigger front sprocket.

Things that bothered us the most about the F800GS were the wide rear end, the non-adjustable brake pedal height and the tricky-to-use turnsignal controls. At highway speeds of 75 mph, wind buffeting gets gnarly, especially if you’re wearing motocross gear. Ridden on the street, the firm saddle, motocross footpegs and motocross handlebars might even be too dirt-bikey to be truly comfortable for long trips.

But if we had to choose a bike to ride from coast to coast, using only dirt roads, an F800GS with a few simple mods and some non-essential items trimmed off to reduce weight would be totally up to the task!

Our feelings for the F800GS are obvious. Despite our initial misunderstandings, we came to really like this bike! This motorcycle has fun doing stuff no other streetbike would dream of doing, yet will run down the highway with a level of comfort, speed and fuel range a dirt-based 600cc single cylinder dual-sport bike can’t possibly approach.

The F800GS may not suit hardcore adventure riders, and it retails at a fairly lofty $11,395. But if you’re looking for a very capable street bike that rides and feels like a dirt bike, you’ll love the F800GS.

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