2012 BMW F 650 & F 800 GS
Concept, claim and characteristics
With two completely new enduro models,
the F 800 GS and F 650 GS, BMW Motorrad is not just
expanding its range of products but also presenting
a worthy successor to the successful single-cylinder
F 650 GS.
Even when parked, the amazing off-road-capable
parallel twin F 800 GS travel enduro, with its sturdy
appearance and long spring travel, implies what it
can do off-road. It hints at fun riding on all types
of road with added stamina and durability on journeys
where the desti¬nation can only be reached on
The F 800 GS’s smaller brother, the F 650 GS,
which also has a parallel twin-cylinder engine, is
aimed at people who do not need quite as much spring
travel and are looking for a little less adventure.
With its low seat height, it is an outstanding all-rounder;
easy to control, provides plenty of power combined
with economy, and is ideal for everyday use.
High levels of stability allied to
easy handling are features shared by the two new GS
models. Both offer high-quality workman¬ship,
a safe chassis and impressive modern engines for maximum
The parallel twins’ drive comes
from the well-established F 800 model series, but
beyond this, the new enduro models have been completely
rede¬signed. A new frame and new wheel suspension
with new spring-shock absorber elements are strong
features. They will surpass the expectations of even
the most demanding enduro riders. The previous model’s
belt drive and single-strut swing arm, which are ideal
for pure on-road use, have been replaced by a light
chain drive in combination with a very stable and
attractive aluminium profile, double-strut swing arm.
These are more advantageous when off-road riding.
The new GS models are not only in their element on
twisty roads – it will also perform exceptionally
The F 800 GS combines road and touring
capabilities with superior off-road characteristics.
It thus performs on both terrains in a way that has
never before been achieved in its class. BMW Motorrad
has positioned the versatile travel enduro at an attractive
price, thus adding a real asset to the market.
The new F 650 GS differs from its higher
capacity variant by featuring a lower seat height,
lower weight and slightly reduced engine power. It
is ideal for newcomers to the genre or as a sturdy
all-round motorcycle for all purposes. Compared with
its single-cylinder predecessor, the new F 650 GS
is an improvement in every area. Despite its designation,
which usually refers to the engine size, the F 650
GS has the same 800cc twin-cylinder engine as the
F 800 GS. With slightly reduced engine power (71 instead
of 85HP) the focus for the F 650 GS is on high torque
at lower engine speeds coupled with excellent economy.
Despite this it delivers over 20HP more power than
its predecessor. The 800cc (sic) F 650 GS guarantees
riding pleasure no matter where it goes.
Vehicle characteristics and
For BMW Motorrad, the GS designation
is not an empty promise.
This is brilliantly demonstrated by
the F 800 GS and continues a long tradition. The new
model not only offers the typical qualities of a travel
enduro – it also offers superb off-road riding
capabilities. While large-capacity enduros sometimes
reach their limits because of weight and its associated
design, the new F 800 GS is completely uncompromising.
The overall package combines balance, power and weight,
excellent ground clearance, long spring travel, precise
wheel guidance and sophisticated ergonomics. The result
is excellent off-road riding and superb long-distance
The chassis combines all the features
of a true enduro: a sturdy steel-tube frame that allows
a steering lock of 42 degrees; a rigid upside-down
forks with 230mm spring travel; a sturdy aluminium
double-strut swing arm with a path-dependent cushioned
spring strut and 215mm spring travel; and solid wire-spoke
wheels. A 21.1-inch front wheel in the classic enduro
dimen¬sions of 90/90-21 gives running stability
during slow off-road riding. The rear wheel, with
dimensions 150/70-17 ensures that the engine power
is always efficiently transferred to the surface.
The drive system is the F 800 S parallel
twin – now with its cylinders inclined only
8.3 degrees forward – modified for the new demands.
The strong, liquid-cooled four-valve twin-cylinder
engine is particularly suitable because of its instantaneous
response, impressive torque and low fuel consump¬tion.
Nominally, the engine provides 63kW / 85HP at 7,500
min–1 and, at 5 750 min–1 outputs a torque
value of 83 Newton metres to the sliding bearing-based
crankshaft. Thanks to the regulated three-way catalytic
converter and secondary air system, the twin releases
power that is environmentally friendly. The mass balance
is provided by a system that is unique in standard
motorcycle design: an additional swivel conrod balances
the first and second level mass forces and ensures
that the twin-cylinder engine produces minimum vibration.
The low dry weight of 178kg makes a
major contribution to the dynamic riding properties.
When filled with petrol the F 800 GS weighs only 207kg.
The F 650 GS is 8kg lighter and with
a much lower seat height is the ideal motorcycle for
newcomers. Technically, it is based on its larger
variant but the cast metal wheels and lower ground
clearance indicate that it prefers on-road use. Other
distinguishing features are the smooth-surfaced side
fairings, the low windscreen, other spring elements,
and slightly lower engine power. With 52kW / 71HP
at 7, 000 min–1 and a maximum torque of 75Nm
even at 4,500 min–1, there’s still plenty
of power. Because of the reduced power, there is no
need for a secondary air system because fewer un-combusted
gases enter the exhaust system. A 25kW / 34HP version
is also available for riders who have only just passed
The two F models offer an excellent
level of seat comfort for the driver and pillion passenger.
If an even higher standard of safety is required the
enduros can be fitted at the factory with a two-channel
ABS that can
be switched off. In addition, the extensive range
of BMW accessories meets the individual demands of
Overview of the main features
of the new GS models
- F 800 GS as a mid-class travel enduro with excellent
off-road properties and long-distance capabilities.
- F 650 GS as an all-round variant ideal for newcomers,
designed to be slightly stronger for on-road use
and easier to control.
- Liquid-cooled parallel twin with 798cc capacity,
four-valve technology and unique mass balance.
- Rev-proof DOHC valve drive via cam followers.
- Manifold injection with electronic engine management,
BMS-KP, lambda probe and regulated three-way catalytic
converter plus secondary air system (only for F
- Closely stepped six-gear transmission for excellent
- Dirt-resistant secondary drive via O-ring chain.
- Torsion-resistant tubular steel frame with unusual
gusset plate and rein¬forced steering head.
- Easy handling and extremely tight turning circle.
- Supple telescopic forks, USD fork with upright
tube diameter 45mm
(F 800 GS) or 43mm telescopic forks (F 650 GS).
- Double-strut swing arm in die-cast aluminium.
- Spring strut with adjustable spring pre-tension
and adjustable rebound damping; F 800 GS has WAD
function (path-dependent damping as in the R 1200
- Long spring travel for comfort and off-road suitability
on the F 800 GS.
- Excellent seat comfort for rider and pillion
- Tank underneath seat for best centre of gravity
– with easily accessible fill opening.
- Powerful braking system, with ABS (if required).
- Air filter and battery positioned behind steering
head for easy maintenance.
- Wide range of accessories for offroad and touring
Modified twin-cylinder engine
The parallel twin familiar from the F 800 S/ST models
forms the basis for the GS drive power. For the new
system, however, some aspects of the engine have been
modified. In order to allow long spring travel with
a wheel spacing that remains moderate, plus an ideal
distribution of weight, the cylinders are now only
angled forward by 8.3 degrees instead of 30 degrees
as on the F 800 S / ST. This solution has been made
possible by a new design for the lower engine housing
made from die-cast aluminium. It contains application
points for the engine protection plate and provides
the ideal working conditions for the semi-dry sump
lubrication. In addition, the cylinder head has been
reinforced in the area of the frame connection at
the front and on the right. The GS engine has a modified
clutch cover which creates more space in the footrest
area; more room for a new oil dipstick and a changed
clutch release shaft. Finally, the water pump housing
and cooling hose connections have been adapted to
the new position of the engine. The side effect of
these modifications is that the engine is a kilogram
lighter than the unit used in the S / ST models.
Like the famous F 800 engine, the transverse parallel
twin works with an even firing order (360° ignition
offset) without crank offset on the crankshaft. Be¬cause
there is one firing cycle for each crankshaft rotation,
the sound is deli¬berately like the boxer engines,
which work with an identical firing offset. Most importantly,
the even firing sequences create the best con¬ditions
for a balance load change with high torque yield.
Unique mass balance
The mass forces are offset by a balancing mechanism
unique in series engine design. Instead of having
conventional counterweight shafts, the oscillating
mass forces are balanced by a joint system on the
centre of the crankshaft with deliberately positioned
counterweight masses: an eccentric on the crankshaft
offset against the crank pins by 180° carries
what is known as a balancing correcting rod. This
connecting rod is hinged to an approximately horizontal
balancing rocker. The kinematics are designed in such
a way that the balancing connecting rod moves contrary
to the two engine connecting rods. Because of being
guided through the relatively long rocker, an almost
linear swivel movement of the connecting rod head
is achieved – to put it precisely, the small
connecting rod eye describes a slightly curving path.
The mass distribution at the connecting rod head and
rocker is chosen in such a way that the mass forces
(resulting from the swinging movement) combat, in
every crankshaft position, the oscillating mass forces
from the crank drive (piston and con-rod proportion).
This means that first and second order mass forces
are almost completely eliminated, resulting in low
engine vibration when running.
The oil circulation system also includes
a number of sophisticated details.
In order to prevent punch losses, a semi-dry sump
lubrication system which works without a separate
engine oil tank. Lubricant coming from the main bearings
collects in a tray which also holds the balancing
system and which is sealed off from the actual oil
tray. The engine oil in this area is constantly vacuumed
by an oil pump and transported to the transmission
housing (before running from there) under no pressure,
via openings in the crank housing into the oil tray.
The oil pressure pump sup¬plies the lubricating
oil system from this reservoir.
Camshafts matched to enduro requirements
The cylinders in the GS engines are fitted
with a high-tech cylinder head.
As in the new K model range engines, two upper camshafts
driven by a toothed chain rotate and control four
valves per cylinder, via cam followers. The F 800
GS, unlike the S/ST models, uses slightly modified
camshafts which help the engine develop its power
in a way that is ideal for enduros; with excellent
torque, even and easily controllable. The power reduction
of the F 650 GS is via camshafts with different cams
which reduce the lift and change valve timing. This
results in a shorter valve overlap. The valve drive
via cam followers is low-wear, only produces minimal
friction losses, and is particular rev-proof. The
valve play, therefore, only needs to be checked after
Other features typical of BMW include the mixture
preparation, which is via a manifold injection with
BMS-KP engine control and two, 46mm throttle valves.
The injection quantity is determined by the specially
tuned engine control, not only via the injection period
but also via the pressure that the petrol pump provides
depending on the power requirement. The fuel system
operates without return and only carries the quantity
the engine actually needs. Because of this economical,
patented regulation system the fuel pressure can be
modified over a wide range so that the mixture is
always ideal. To measure the fuel quantity supplied,
not only the well-known parameters such as load, engine
speed and temperature are used, but also the residual
oxygen content in the exhaust gas.
The corresponding information is provided by a lambda
probe positioned at the point where the manifolds
join. This is followed immediately by the three-way
catalytic converter (provided as standard) which rapidly
warms up after a cold start and quickly starts its
emission conversion function.
The air necessary to form the mixture reaches the
new suction silencers via snorkels positioned in the
cool air stream. The positioning well above the engine
– which is advantageous during on and off-road
riding – and the large volume, which supports
torque, were made possible by positioning the fuel
tank under the seat. While the suction snorkels of
the F 800 GS are visible as a design element, in the
F 650 GS they are concealed behind the front fairing.
The completely new, weight-optimised exhaust system
is made com¬pletely from high-grade steel and
weighs only 8.5kg. The single-wall manifold system
is connected to the silencer via a plug connection
with tension spring. The attachment of a slip-on silencer
is therefore easy and cheap because the catalytic
converter is integrated into the manifold. The end
silencer provided as standard is constructed as a
two-chamber silencer in a combined absorption/reflection
design. This offers a gas flow volume of 8 litres
and is mounted half-way up the vehicle on the left
side. The F 800 GS is fitted with a secondary air
system which, in combination with the regulated catalytic
converter, reduces the emission of pollutants (to
Euro 3 requirements). Because of the modified valve
timings and the associated lower raw emissions, there
is no need for a SA system for the F 650 GS.
High-revving with great torque
It is not only the modern injection system that
ensures excellent response from the F 800 GS twin;
its low centrifugal mass also contributes to its agile
power development. Even at the bottom of the rev range,
the four-valve per cylinder twin, which has a bore-stroke
ratio of 82 to 75.6mm, does not have a particularly
short-stroke, quickly speeds up and releases a good
90% of the maximum torque in the broad range between
4 000 and 7500 min–1. Between 5 000 and 8 000
min–1, the engine develops its power dynamically,
accompanied by a unique sound. The nominal performance
data of the 798 cc twin – 63 kW/85 HP at 7 500
min–1 and 83 Nm at 5 750 min–1 –
therefore gives an incomplete picture of the potential
that is available in practice.
In combination with the low total weight and closely
stepped six-gear trans¬mission, the engine accelerates
from 0–100 km/h in about 4 seconds, and the
top speed is over 200 km/h.
In this area, the F 650 GS comes close to the 800cc
model. It copes with acceleration from 0–100
km/h in less than 5 seconds, and also reaches an impressive
top speed of 185 km/h.
But it is not only the acceleration of the new GS
models that is impressive; traction is also remarkable.
The BMW development engineers have focussed quite
deliberately on the smooth, confident development
of power in the engine mid-speed range rather than
on absolute peak performance. Sporting drivers will
be surprised by the engine’s acceleration, while
touring riders will enjoy the twin’s excellent
traction with minimal gear shifting.
The parallel twin, which has been optimised for
enduro operation, is not simply balanced between powerful
torsion and dynamic acceleration. It also proves that
good performance does not neces¬sarily involve
high fuel consumption. Driven over country roads,
a consump¬tion of well below 5 litres of Super
unleaded petrol per 100km is perfectly possible. If
required, the F 800 GS can also be equipped for use
with normal petrol, which, however, reduces the peak
performance by 1.5 kW/2 HP and slightly increa¬ses
fuel consumption. This modification is carried out
by selecting a characteristic map in the control software,
and can be cancelled again at any time. The F 650
GS is designed for operation with lead-free normal
BMW Motorrad can also provide, factory fitted, at
no extra cost, a throttle version of the F 650 GS
with 25 kW/34 HP at 5 000 min–1 and 57 Nm at
3 000 min–1, aimed specially at new drivers
with graded driving licences. The power re¬duction
is via a modified throttle valve.
The sophisticated engine concept shows additional
technical finesse in its peripherals. The water pump,
for example, is on the right of the cylinder head
and is driven by a cog wheel unit on the camshaft.
The advantageous posi¬tioning of the pump –
directly behind the cooler with integrated thermostat
– means that only short hose connections are
needed. The engine therefore looks particularly compact
and tidy. An oil-water heat exchanger next to the
easily accessible oil filter ensures that the engine
warms up particularly quickly after a cold start.
In addition, the heat exchange also limits the engine
Rear wheel drive via robust O-ring chain
Because motorcycles suitable for off-road use are
often used on unmade roads, they need a secondary
drive that is not sensitive to dirt. Both GS models
therefore have an O-ring chain with a division of
5/8 x 5/16.
A chain guide rail protects the aluminium rocker from
damage. Four asym¬metrical drive dampers provide
shock absorption for the chain wheel bearer which
is taken exactly over the full-floating axle via a
grooved ball bearing.
While the six-gear transmission is taken from the
F 800 S/ST models and only the transmission output
shaft has had to be modified to the chain drive, the
end transmission ratio has been changed for both GS
variants and modified for each model. The F 800 GS
thus works with a transmission ratio of 1:2.625 (16/42
Z), and the F 650 GS with a ratio of 1:2.412 (17/41
A sturdy tubular steel frame
The tubular steel frame designed specially for the
new GS models, built as a tubular space frame, offers
a whole range of interesting details which improve
the extraordinary off-road qualities of the GS models.
slim steering head, for example, which is integrated
with total stability into the frame structure allows
a steering lock stop of 40 (F 650 GS) or 42 (F 800
GS) degrees. The steering head is fixed using a completely
new layout of gusset plates which have considerably
reduced the design width without affecting the stability
of the frame. The steering lock is also improved by
positioning in front of the handlebar.
Off-road, the small turning circle of the GS models
is advantageous when the bike has to drive through
trial sections at walking pace.
The manganese-alloy steel tubular space frame integrates
the engine as a bearing element. The frame tubes are
brought together in the area of the rocker bearings
in forged steel parts. The frame tail made from rectangular
steel pipe is integrated with the main frame via four
screw connections and carries the new fuel tank (capacity
16 litres) which is positioned under the seat. The
new design was not simply required because of the
modified engine: in the front part of the bench seat
the main frame and frame end are narrow – the
seat itself and the covering of the suction silencer
are very streamlined. This means that, in relation
to the seat height, an incredibly short arc has been
realised, which is the decisive dimension for the
rider being able to touch the ground. The result is
that the GS models provide perfect seating for tall
and short riders, especially as the F 650 GS seat
height can be reduced to 790mm (and with the lowering
kit to 765mm).
Made-to-measure telescopic forks for both
Because of the very long spring travel of 230mm,
an upside-down tele¬scopic fork is the best choice
for the F 800 GS. The overlapping of the fixed and
sliding tubes is particular large with this design,
particularly because the fixed tube diameter of 45mm
ensures excellent bending strength. Plastic deflec¬tors
combined with the front wheel covers provide protection
On the F 650 GS, a conventional telescopic fork
with 43mm fixed tubes is used to provide a spring
travel of 180mm.
Aluminium double-strut swing arm at rear
The rear wheel suspension of the GS models is similarly
robust. It is based on an aluminium double-strut swing,
die cast in a single piece. While the F 800 GS uses
a directly hinged central spring strut with path-dependent
damping and a spring travel of 215mm, the F 650 GS
is fitted with a conventional gas pressure spring
strut with a spring travel of 170mm. The spring pre-tensioning
can be adjusted on both spring strut elements using
a handwheel, making the rear wheel suspension easily
adjusted for one- and two-person use. The tension
stroke of the suspension can also easily be adjusted
to individual requirements in both models.
Wheels and tyres for a specific purpose
The wheels are another point of difference. The
F 800 GS travels on aluminium spoked wheels, size
21 x 2.15 at the front and 17 x 4.25 at the rear.
The front wheel size of 21’’, which is
normal in enduro sports, gives greater riding stability
because of the greater gyroscopic forces, which can
be an inestimable advantage on loose ground. In contrast,
the road-orientated F 650 GS, designed as an entry
level model, features cast aluminium wheels measuring
19 x 2.5 at the front and 17 x 3.5 at the rear. The
smaller front wheel is a particular advantageous especially
on asphalt because the cast wheels are slightly lighter
than the spoked wheels. Both wheels come with road-capable
enduro tyres as standard. For the F 800 GS, tyres
with a marked stud profile are also approved. Refitting
is easy if the motorcycle is to be used mainly off-road.
The tyre sizes are an indication proof that both
vehicles have been tailored to a preferred area of
use. The F 650 GS, for example, is fitted with tyres
measuring 110/80-19 at the front and 140/80-17 at
the rear. In contrast, the F 800 GS rides on tyres
measuring 90/90-21 at the front and 150/70-17 at the
rear. While the front wheel supports easy handling
and minimises braking torque, the two rear wheel tyres
take account of
engine power difference.
Braking systems matched to each model
The braking systems of each model are also matched
to the intended purpose. Because the F 800 GS reaches
higher speeds, the front wheel has two fully floating
brake discs 300mm in diameter with double-piston sliding
callipers. The F 650 GS’s single-disc brake
of the same size also fulfils its requirements because
it can also be set optimally. At the front, the steel-reinforced
brake lines are routed in such a way that they do
not push into the cockpit fairing when the telescopic
fork is compressed. At the rear wheel, both GS variants
are slowed by an identical 265mm disc brake with single-piston
On-board electrics with CAN bus and immobiliser
The electrical systems in the new GS models are
also top of the range, and work with an innovative
CAN bus system. As in the other models in the F 800
model series, the single-wire system (SWS) has many
advan¬tages: it reduces the amount of cable required,
allows all control devices to be networked and thus
simplifies the preparation of comprehensive diag¬noses.
In addition, there is no need for conventional fuse
cut-outs, since the system automatically switches
off the component in question in the event of a malfunction.
Since the introduction of CAN bus technology, an electronic
immobiliser has been part of the standard equipment
on BMW motorcycles. More than the right key is needed
to start the engine – in addition, the chip
integrated into the BMW key must report the right
code to the ring antenna of the combined steering
and ignition lock. Only then does the engine control
allow the vehicle to be started. This technology offers
the safest, most reliable protection against vehicle
theft available today.
The electrical plug connections are waterproof and
thus unsusceptible to faults. A 14 ampere-hour battery
and a 400W generator ensure a reliable power supply.
The cockpit with its analogue instruments arranged
above each other, and its information display including
on-board clock, provides the rider with information
at a glance. As an item of special equipment, BMW
offers an on-board computer with further functions
such as gear display and stopwatch.
The asymmetrical double headlight with glass-clear
plastic cover give the GS models the characteristic
face of the youngest BMW generation.
The reflectors, familiar from the BMW R 1200 GS
and loved by night-time riders because of their superb
use of light, are enclosed in a new plastic housing
and fitted with two H7 headlight bulbs. On switching
beam, the dipped beam remains active. The headlights
are fixed using a strong, lightweight plastic support
which also includes the cockpit and sturdy plastic
cladding made from high-strength polypropylene.
Optimum seat design for touring and off-road
Although the long spring travel in an enduro generally
result in higher seats, riders of the new GS models
will easily be able to touch the ground with their
feet, although the F 650 GS is even more suitable
for smaller people because of its lower seat height.
The strongly waisted seat is offered in two heights
for both models, with seat heights of 880 or 850mm
available for the F 800 GS. Heights of 820 or 790mm
are available for the F 650 GS (and 765mm with lowering
kit). The lowered F 650 GS corresponds to its single-cylinder
predecessor model with lowering kit.
The low arc length is due to the frame, which is very
streamlined in the critical areas. The seat is locked
at the front in a vibration-absorbing holder. This
layout means that there is an uninterrupted transition
between the fairing, the frame and the seat.
For relaxed riding the new GS models have a vibration-absorbent
handlebar – made from conically shaped aluminium
tubing In the case of the 800 model folding, wide
steel footrests with hollow-chamber rubber surfaces
are used. To be able to stand securely in the footrests
off-road, the rubber surfaces can also be removed.
The wide, upswept handlebars are equipped with easy-to-reach
fittings; the grip width of the levers can be adjusted.
The combined ignition/steering lock is also conveniently
positioned in front of the handlebars.
The GS also provide excellent comfort for the passenger.
The seat length and footrest position allow the passenger
to relax, while the long side-holder brackets at the
rear provide a secure grip. Last but not least, the
fairing discs offer moderate wind protec¬tion,
thus enabling the passenger to travel in comfort.
The higher wind¬screen on the F 800 GS can also
be mounted on the F 650 GS, if required. Both windscreens
with their M-shaped design have been opti¬mised
in a wind tunnel.
The 16-litre tank under the seat has proved a great
advantage on long trips. Not only because long distances
can be travelled, thanks to the motorcycle’s
low fuel consumption, but also because the tank bag
– which does not entirely deserve its name –
can be left in place while the tank is filled. This
is because the lockable filler nozzle is easily accessible
on the right-hand side of the vehicle level near the
The colour variants chosen underline the character
of the new off-road bikes. For the market launch,
the F 800 GS will be in plain Sunset Yellow/Black
or Dark Magnesium Metallic Matt. The F 650 GS can
be ordered in Azure Blue Metallic, plain Flame Red
or Iceberg Silver Metallic.
Range of equipment
Special equipment and special accessories
BMW meets the need for personalisation not only
through its special equip¬ment (fitted at the
factory in Berlin) but also by the special accessories
the local dealer or customer adds later. The special
equipment and very extensive range of special accessories
have been tailored to suit the new F 800 GS and F
650 GS enduro models. The customer can therefore buy
high-quality, perfectly matching products that are
in line with the character of the vehicle.
- BMW Motorrad ABS (can be switched off).
- Heated grips.*
- On-board computer.
- Main stand.*
- Low driver’s seat (850 mm for F 800 GS/790
mm seat for F 650 GS, no extra cost).*
- White indicator lights.*
- Theft alarm.*
- Power reduction to 25 kW/34 HP (only for F 650
GS, no extra cost).*
- Characteristic map modification for 91 RON for
F 800 GS (no extra cost).
- RDC (only for F 650 GS).*
- Lower positioning unit (only for F 650 GS).
Products marked with * are also available as special
accessories from BMW motorcycle dealerships.
On-board computer completes the range of
The on-board computer expands the range of information
that can be dis¬played on the clear display on
the combined instrument panel, adding the following
details: tank display, gear display, coolant temperature,
average fuel consumption, range, outside temperature
and stopwatch time. A button on the left handlebar
fitting allows the driver to switch through the displays
and to select the information required. It is also
used to operate the stopwatch.
Low seat and lowering kit
In order to offer small stature riders optimum ergonomics
and an ability to touch the ground with their feet,
BMW Motorrad is able to provide a lower seat. This
reduces the seat height on the F 800 GS to 850mm or
790mm for the F 650 GS. If it is ordered on purchase
of the machine, the customer is not charged extra.
The lowering kit for the F 650 GS consists of a lower
seat and a shortened spring strut.
Playing it safe with a theft alarm
Once it has been activated, the theft alarm reacts
to any change in position of the parked motorcycle
with very clear visual and audible signals. The extremely
effective system can be deactivated via a remote control
or by using the ignition key.
Practical main stand allows easy propping
The main stand means that the motorcycle can be
propped with very little effort. Thanks to a wide
standing surface, the GS models will stand safely
if, for example, the rear wheel has to be removed
or the chain lubricated.
- Luggage bridge, small.
- Luggage rest, large, for Vario topcase.
- Vario topcase, black.
- Case holder for Vario case.
- Vario case, black.
- Inside pockets for Vario case and Vario topcase.
- Back cushion for Vario topcase.
- Tank rucksack, waterproof.
- Softbag Sport, small.
- Softbag Sport, large.
- Heated grips.*
- Low seat.*
- White indicator lights.*
- Main stand.*
- BMW Motorrad Navigator II.
- Navigator holder, cable and attachment kit.
- Navigator function bag.
- Theft alarm.*
- Tyre pressure check RDC (only F 650 GS).*
- Hand protection bars.
- Protectors (small and large) for hand protection
- Add-on spoiler for protector, large.
- Under-body protection (standard for F 800 GS).
- Engine protection bars.
- Splash protection extension, rear.
- High windscreen (standard for F 800 GS).
- Low windscreen (standard for F 650 GS).
- Touring windscreen (only F 800 GS).
- High windscreen, tinted.
- Akrapovic sports silencer.
- Wind deflector kit.
- Service tool kit.
- Enduro tail bag.
- Power reduction to 25 kW/34 HP (only F 650 GS).*
Products marked with * are also available ex-factory.
Flexible storage space with Vario cases and Vario
top case The well-known, variable-volume cases (left
19–29 litre/ right: 28–38 litre) have
been modified for the new GS models. Thanks to the
carefully conceived carrier system the cases can be
attached and removed instantly. Those who want to
take even more luggage with them can also add the
25–35 litre top case, which has plenty of room
for a helmet. The comfort of the pillion rider can
be improved by attaching a back cushion to the topcase.
The inside pockets for the cases reliably protect
luggage from dirt and damage.
Tank rucksack for small items of luggage
The tank rucksack is a truly practical travelling
companion. Because the tank is positioned underneath
the seat, it does not need to be removed at filling
stations. The tank rucksack has a variable capacity
of 14 to 26 litres and features a waterproof inside
pocket so that no extra covering is required when
travelling in the rain. The equipment also includes
a waterproof map compartment and storage for small
tools, which can be accessed from the inside, via
the main compartment.
BMW Motorrad Navigator III
With this navigation system, the driver selects
an address, a city, a tourist destination or a way
point. The BMW Motorrad Navigator III guides the rider,
with detailed instructions, safely and effortlessy
to the destination – by the fastest or shortest
route, or directly (“as the crow flies”).
The display can be varied too: the rider can choose
a map display, a combination of map and instructions,
a roadbook or a compass function that displays the
distance and direction to the next way point. A zoom
function makes rapid orientation easier, for example
at intersections. Voice guidance in nine languages
using a helmet installation kit is possible.
Hand protector with spoiler
The three-part hand protector made from impact-resistant,
continuously dyed, plastic can take on a variety of
protective functions, since individual modification
is possible with the modular system. The hand protection
bar deflects damage to the handlebar and handlebar
fittings. The protector attachment is available in
two sizes and protects hands from stones. The spoiler
provides additional protection against the cold and
Under-body protection and engine protection
Under-body protection is part of the standard equipment
for the F 800 GS and can be retrofitted to the F 650
GS. A sturdy engine protection bar provides additional
protection against damage in everyday use or during
Akrapovic sports silencer
The sports silencer in titanium and carbon made
by Akrapovic, which is equipped as standard with a
regulated catalytic converter, fits without problems
onto the original manifold system. It is a slip-on
silencer fixed in place with springs. Using this silencer
can save around 2kg in weight compared with the standard
Enduro tail bag
This special tail bag attaches behind the seat and
resists even the toughest of loads. It contains several
compartments and the outer fabric is not sensitive
BMW F 800 GS Sunset Yellow/Black Black
BMW F 800 GS Dark Magnesium Metallic Matt Black
BMW F 650 GS Azure Blue Metallic Black
BMW F 650 GS Plain Flame Red Black
BMW F 650 GS Iceberg Silver Metallic Black