2013 bmw f800gs adventure first look

BMW Motorrad is the most successful manufacturer of large-capacity touring enduros and, with the F700GS and F800GS, leads the way in the midsize category, too. The new F800GS Adventure builds on this position. Based on the dynamic, off-road-oriented F800GS, the Adventure model offers an optimal combination of agility, touring practicality and off-road capability. Following the tradition of the popular boxer-engined GS Adventure models, it provides off-road-oriented touring aficionados, world travellers and enduro fans with an authentic GS Adventure experience in the midsize segment.

The F800GS Adventure is powered by the characterful, liquid-cooled 798cc four-valve twin-cylinder engine as featured on the F800GS, with electronic fuel injection, closed-loop catalytic converter and six-speed transmission. Developing unchanged maximum power of 63 kW (85 hp) at 7,500 rpm, and with maximum torque of 83 Nm at 5,750 rpm, this power plant impresses with quick and lively response, powerful torque and low fuel consumption.

Like the F800GS, the Adventure model too features a robust, torsionally resistant tubular steel spaceframe, although the rear subframe is reinforced to cater for the larger, 24-litre tank (8 litres more than on the F800GS model), which increases the bike’s range. Like the F800GS, the Adventure model is equipped with ABS as standard, while further safety- and performance-enhancing systems — Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) — are available as factory-fitted optional extras, or as special accessories. These features position the BMW F800GS Adventure, along with the F800GS, as the safest mid-size touring enduro on the market.

As another optional extra, the new F800GS Adventure is available with Enduro mode as part of a package featuring ASC.  At the press of a button, the rider can increase the slip threshold of the ABS and ASC systems when heading off-road, for an even more dynamic riding experience and with improved acceleration and braking on loose terrain.

The F800GS Adventure boasts a new, masculine bodywork styling that underlines its globetrotting abilities, while a new, very comfortable bench seat, a larger windscreen for improved protection against the elements and hand protectors also support this image. Other new standard specification on the F800GS Adventure includes wide enduro footrests, an adjustable, reinforced foot brake lever, an engine protection bar and a pannier rack which also functions as a tank protection bar.

The new F800GS Adventure will first hit the market in a 1,000-unit “Launch Edition”. The highlight of the F800GS Adventure “Launch Edition” is its Sand Rover matt paintwork in combination with three equipment packages. The Comfort package comprises an onboard computer, heated grips and a centre stand. The Enduro package comes with ASC plus Enduro mode, and the Special accessories package features a lockable aluminium case set, a top case holder and BMW Motorrad Navigator Adventure including holder and cable. For a more detailed look at the 2013 BMW F800GS check out the extensive image gallery here.

Highlights of the new BMW F800GS Adventure compared to the F 800 GS:

  • Based on the same versatile overall concept as the F800GS, with powerful twin-cylinder engine and agile suspension, but with enhanced off-road and globetrotting abilities.
  • Robust and masculine GS Adventure bodywork styling.
  • Balanced proportions, despite large rear tank.
  • Larger, 24-litre fuel tank (+ 8 litres).
  • Extended range (by approx. 120 km / 75 miles).
  • ABS as standard, ASC as a factory-fitted optional extra or as a special accessory.
  • Enduro mode as a new optional extra, in combination with ASC.
  • Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) as a factory-fitted optional extra.
  • Reinforced rear subframe.
  • Even more comfortable bench seat.
  • Large windscreen.
  • Wide enduro footrests.
  • Adjustable, reinforced foot brake lever.
  • Engine protection bar.
  • Pannier rack also serves as a tank protection bar.
  • Wide range of special accessories and ex-works optional extras.

Key technical differences at a glance:

BMW F800GS Adventure BMW F800GS
Tank volume 24 litres 16 litres
Standard seat height 890 mm 880 mm
low seat height 860 mm 850 mm
Lower option no yes, 820 mm
DIN unladen weight 229 kg 214 kg
Max load 225 kg 230 kg
Dimensions L / W / H 2,305 / 925 / 1,450 mm 2,300 / 920 / 1,345 mm
Fuel consumption
90 / 120 km/h 4.3 / 5.7 l 3.8 / 5.2 l
55 / 75 mph 65.7 / 49.5 mpg imp 74.3 / 54.3 mpg imp