A name change and more for the BMW F 800 ST

BMW Motorrad announced that their F 800 ST will be replaced by the new F 800 GT. But don’t get too excited as this is more of a name change than anything else.

The water-cooled 2-cylinder in-line engine with a capacity of 798 cc (used for the ST and still used for the F 800 GS) continues to provide propulsion in the new F 800 GT. An increase in power has been achieved though. BMW says it was done “by means of revised set-up”. It now has an output of 66 kW (F 800 ST: 62.5 kW) at 8,000 r/min. The F 800 GT’s final drive will be a maintenance-free toothed belt.

The biggest change as compared to the predecessor model, F 800 ST, is the bike’s full fairing.  “Not only does it give the new F 800 GT a more dynamic, adult look, it makes it more of a fully fledged touring bike,” said the guys at Motorrad. There will be a new windshield with optimised aerodynamics and increased wind and weather protection. There are also new, longer mirror stems for a better view of traffic to the rear.

In terms of its suspension a few things have been changed for increased comfort and touring suitability. The rear swingarm was extended by 50 mm for enhanced ride stability. A slight reduction of spring travel by 15 mm to 125 mm reduces squat while also increasing ride stability and providing a more precise ride feel, as well as allowing a reduction in seat height from 840 mm to 800 mm. Load capacity has been increased by 11 kg to 207 kg. In relation to this increased load capacity, the rear frame was revised and the stems of the passenger footrests optimised.

While ABS comes standard on the 800 GT you have the choice of ESA, electronic suspension and ASC traction control as extras.The bike will be available in three different colours: Radiant Valencia Orange Metallic, Dark Graphite Metallic and Light White.

The new BMW F 800 GT will go on sale in South Africa in the first quarter of 2013. Pricing will be confirmed in due course.

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