2006 BMW F800 ST
Hot on the heels of the sportiest Boxer ever - the R1200 S - comes a new sports middleweight machine that's designed to offer serious fun to just about anyone, from commuters, to tourers and even those starting out in biking. Welcome to the new F800 series.
Having launched leading contenders in the superbike, enduro, touring and sports touring categories, BMW Motorrad has turned its attention to the sports bike middleweight class. Previously BMW had one major gap in its range. There was a huge hike between the single-cylinder F650 bikes and the 1200cc Boxers and four-cylinder motorcycles. Well now that gap has been filled with the new sports touring orientated F800 ST and the sporty half-faired F800 S models.
At the heart of these machine is an all-new 800cc twin-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 85 hp and a punchy 86 Nm of torque, which is a perfect combination because the rider is able to surf the torque curve rather than constantly needing to change up and down the gearbox.
The 800's engine is used as a load-bearing part of the chassis and incorporates Formula 1 technology. The main area of the engine to benefit from BMW's involvement in F1 is the valves, which have been designed to be very strong at high speed, meaning there is less wear, a smoother torque curve and better fuel economy. In fact the 800cc engine is so economical that both bikes have a potential range of 200 miles from only a 16-litre fuel tank, which is where it can steal another march (and save owners money) over its rivals.
The F800 ST is the half-faired sports touring derivative and breaks with BMW tradition in a big way due to a powerful, torque-rich 798cc parallel-twin engine (the first in BMW's history) and sophisticated new suspension system. At 187 kg dry, it's also one of the lightest BMWs ever.
To make the F800 ST ownership as easy as the rest of the BMW range (while keeping weight to a minimum) the designers have fitted a belt-drive system. This system is far more practical as it doesn't need the same constant lubrication and adjustment as the chain drives found on most modern bikes. It's also lighter than the shaft-drive BMW generally favours.
The F800 ST has been designed with lower fairing for better aerodynamics and more wind protection while the position of the handlebars are set higher enabling the rider to sit more upright, which provides a better posture for long-distance travel as well as benefiting from a higher screen for additional protection from the elements.
The new BMW F800 ST is available in two different colour options of Blue Metallic and Sunset Grapitan Metallic Matt and will be available to buy in dealer showrooms in the spring priced from £6,495 on the road.
ABS is optional on the F800 ST for only £500 and a competitive BMW Finance and Insurance package will also be available.
Factory fit options;
*Prices current as of 1 January 2006.
Heated Grips - £195.00
ABS - £500.00
On-Board Computer - £130.00
White Indicator Lenses - £25.00
Anti-Theft Alarm System - £130.00
Main centre stand - £75.00
Left and Right Pannier Fastenings - £50.00
Power Reduction (34 PS) - No Cost
Riders Low Seat (790mm) - No Cost