This year at EICMA 2012, BMW showcased the 30th Anniversary edition K1300S which features a number of interesting features. Besides the same, another model that shared the limelight is the 2013 BMW F800GT (Gran Turismo) which is basically a replacement for the outgoing BMW F800ST.
The F800GT is said to be a better touring motorcycle than the F800ST and comes with plenty of revisions that are worth an appreciation. First and foremost, BMW has up-tuned the 798 CC parallel twin cylinder motor which produces a claimed 90 BHP at 8000 RPM, which is 5 BHP more than what the current F800ST produces. Although BMW did not disclose much about the revisions made to this liquid cooled, twin cylinder engine, it did say that the engine will be coupled to a new exhausts system for performance improvements.
Making the motorcycle more touring friendly are a number of changes that have been made to the design. They are as follows:
- A redesigned front fairing
- A newly designed windscreen for better shielding
- Moved up handlebars
- Repositioned footpegs
- Reworked suspension which features an increased load capacity of 207 kg, an increase of 11 kg
- A revised seat which is more comfortable for the rider and passenger
- Saddle now comes with 3 height settings
- A reworked luggage system with more practicality
Safety aids include BMW’s ABS as standard while other features like ASC (Automatic Stability Control) and ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) are available as optional features.
Coming to the cosmetic changes now, the bike gets a new instrument cluster with new dials for the speedometer and engine display. The bike also gets new handlebar switch panels, new aluminium handlebars etc.
Colour options include the following:
- Valencia Orange metallic
- Dark Graphite metallic
- Light White
2013 BMW F800GT Key Features
- Increased output of the F 800 GT as compared to predecessor model.
- 66 kW (90 bhp) at 8,000 rpm. (F 800 ST: 62.5 kW (85 bhp) at 8,000 rpm).
- Newly designed trim in more dynamic look with further improved wind and weather protection. New paint finishes.
- The latest generation of BMW Motorrad ABS, now as standard.
- Automatic Stability Control ASC.
- Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA.
- Convenient adjustment of rear spring mount using handwheel.
- Suspension optimized in terms of ride stability and comfort.
- New, lighter wheels in dynamic design.
- Adapted ergonomics for increased touring comfort with higher handlebars and repositioned footrests.
- Enhanced seating comfort for rider and passenger.
- New handlebar switch panels and front brake fluid expansion tank.
- New vibration-free and double-butted aluminum handlebars.
- Cockpit with new dial faces for speedometer and engine speed display as well as an extended range of information.
- Load capacity increased by 11 kg to 207 kg.
- New exhaust system with optimized heel protection.
- Turn indicators in smoke grey.
- Newly developed luggage system.
- New connection of BMW Motorrad Navigator IV to handlebar clamp (special accessory).
- Power reduction to 35 kW (48 bhp) (ex works option / special accessory).
Check out more launches at 2012 EICMA Show.