BMW Motorcycles Announces New Mid-Range BMW F 800 S
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
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 this
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
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 needs.
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 set.