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BMW F800S Twin Cylinder
BMW Motorcycles Announces New Mid-Range BMW F 800 S Twin-Cylinder
UPDATE: BMW has
just announced the
F 800 ST (photo) sport-touring version of the F 800 S
| Large sized photos of the F 800 S below
BMW has finally announced what has long been rumored: a completely
new mid-range sports bike. Note the "S" designation
on these motorcycles, which intimates that the motorcycle will
have strong performance and good handling.
The styling also seems to have emerged from the Chris Bangle
era, which is a very good thing, in our opinion. It's reminiscent
of BMW motorcycle styling of old, and although it doesn't probe
any new limits, it at least demonstrates a tie to the K-bike
era. This is the first BMW motorcycle in a long time which we
all agree looks good - at least in the photos.
The F 800 S will be the fourth new model series to come off
the Berlin assembly lines in the first half of 2006. Here's
what BMW's press release had to say about the new bike:
The F800S is an 800-cc twin which offers lots of character,
an excellent suspension and typical BMW properties. The athletic
F 800 S sports bike has a dry weight of under 419 lbs. (approx.
441 lbs. ready-to-ride) and is the first model of the new and
separate model series.
The precise suspension is designed for high directional and
cornering stability as well as optimum handling. The classic
BMW qualities such as safety, compliance with the highest environmental
standards, ergonomic seating position and comfort also for the
passenger define the new standard in the mid-range bike. A closed-loop
three-way catalytic converter, state-of-the-art digital engine
electronics and optional ABS are also a matter of course for
With regard to the driveline, BMW Motorrad
is continuing with the innovation introduced on the F 650 CS
and makes use of the low-maintenance and quiet-running belt-drive.
It is lighter than shaft drive and represents the optimum combination
of weight, space requirements, efficiency and service life in
this performance class.
The engine is also a completely new design.
It was developed in cooperation with Bombardier-Rotax GmbH.
It is manufactured in the Austrian Rotax plant and is delivered
to the Berlin production line ready-for-assembly.
The first two-cylinder inline engine in the history of BMW
Motorcycles features a four-valve design. High 12:1 compression
and a combustion chamber designed similarly to the one used
in the new K-engine ensure effective and low-emission combustion,
as well as efficient fuel consumption which will be considerably
lower than that of the competition.
Mass compensation for the crankshaft balances unwanted vibrations
without foregoing the vigorous characteristics associated with
two-cylinder engines. The compact engine unit with integrated
6-speed gearbox has been designed for balanced power delivery
and uncomplicated riding pleasure. A peak output exceeding 80
bhp with respective torque will also satisfy a sports-rider's
The new BMW F 800 S will be presented to the international
press and then the public for the first time at the EICMA Motor
Show in Milan on 15 November 2005. The price has not yet been
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!
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