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I bought my 800 GT new in 2013. As a new new rider and after telling the salesman at the dealership what I wanted the bike for—that I did not want a crotch rocket or tank kisser (as I call it)—he showed me the F 800 GT. I decided to go with it.

Two years and more then a few thousand dollars later I have discovered a few things about myself and the F 800 GT. Overall this is a better then good but not quite great bike. I would have to say the biggest pitfall of this bike is the lack of power. BMW dropped the ball when they only gave it a 5 horsepower boost. Would it have really hurt to have made the GT at least 100 hp or offer upgrade package with a bigger motor as an option.

The F 800 GT isn't going to be around long at least not in the states because even though it has a awesome look, the lack of power will turn younger riders away. And despite what BMW thinks, I have seen it myself: older riders want a bigger bike even if they are downsizing, so the F 800 GT isn't what they want either.

And number three, with nothing else in the sport touring line between the F 800 GT and the $16,000 to 20,000 K 1300S, why would you not have a bike that could fill the gap. If I could go back in time even with what little knowledge I have now and stand beside myself I would tell me to get that Honda VFR1200 and don't act a fool on it. The F 800 GT is a good bike that can be top of the food chain if BMW is willing to put the finishing touches on it.


Pete Archie
Roanoke , VA
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Editor Response
Thanks for the feedback on the bike, Pete! Your insight will surely help other riders considering this motorcycle.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
I recently moved from a BMW R 1150 R to the 2014 F 800 GT. I love it! I am 5 feet 5 inches and really like the lower riding position. Can get my feet on the ground so I feel so much more in control. The bike has great handling and lots of power. I added the bags and am so happy with them.

This is a great review and although I bought my bike before I read this review - I was happy to see similar comments and it reaffirms that I made the right decision. Love my F 800 GT!

Rozann
Tucson, AZ
Saturday, August 9, 2014
I have had three RTs, one R 1200 R and a F 800 ST, but the best of all is the one I have now, the F 800 GT. This is one fantastic bike. Well done. BMW.

J. Hinchcliffe
Derby, DE, United Kingdom
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Finally a review of this bike that doesn't sound like it was written by BMW. Have been debating between this bike and the Honda VFR 800. Starting to lean towards the Beemer.

Thanks for the review! I'll bookmark your site!

Lauren Boyle
Fort Myers Beach, FL
Sunday, May 18, 2014
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