The new A version of the 800 has the same motor as the original.
It’s easy to understand why BMW is trying to get the
most out of the GS name. Today, well over half the company’s sales are GS models. In a weird way, that makes
BMW the largest dirt bike company in the world, and
the 800 accounts for a big piece of the pie. So now the
F800GS Adventure represents the first real attention that
bike has received since its introduction. There are a number of features and options that set the Adventure apart
from the standard edition, starting with the size of the tank.
The fuel cell, which is under the seat, now holds 6.2 gallons, which is almost 2 gallons more and good for another
100 miles or so. BMW also considered comfort, which contributes to the increased range as well. The windscreen is
taller, the seat is cushier, and there are a number of guards
and off-road niceties, like the flip-down rear-brake pedal.
To keep the seat height within reason, BMW did not give
the bike more suspension travel, as is the case with the
R1200GS Adventure, but the bike is available with “Ride
Modes,” which is a system that alters rear-shock damping,
antilock braking and traction control on the fly. The overall
look of the machine was also reworked.
IN THE DIRT
The dirt report hasn’t changed. This is still a great
motorcycle for long, fast hauls on dirt roads. It has several
things that set it apart. First, it feels relatively compact.
When you spend long stretches of time on the 800, you
adopt a new set of standards and actually forget you’re
on a 500-pound road bomber. After a while, you start riding it like a regular dirt bike. When you stand, the ergos
How fast is the 800? In the dirt, you really don’t need anything