Rider Magazine has named BMW Motorrad’s F 800 GS adventure tourer its 2009 Motorcycle of the Year. The award announcement appears in the July 2009 issue of Rider Magazine, currently on newsstands.
"We are delighted to receive this prestigious award from Rider," commented Pieter de Waal, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA. "This recognition is a true credit to all those who played a role in the development of this bike and confirms why it has become so popular among riders today."
Here is an excerpt of what the editors of Rider had to say about the BMW F 800 GS:
"BMW has been thinking way out of the box… and there is perhaps no better evidence than its unstoppable new F 800 GS adventure tourer. It’s taller and longer than the R 1200 GS Boxer twin, and not much lighter, but is far narrower with its upright parallel twin, and like the 1200 offers a tremendous amount of satisfying performance.
Chain final drive, 9 inches of suspension travel, a 21- and 19-inch front/rear spoked wheel combination and plenty of twin-cylinder torque give it much better off-road ability than its Boxer breatheren, yet the F 800 GS has enough on-road legs that you can haul down the highway from fill-up to fill-up in satisfactory comfort without stopping…. and starting at $10,520 the F 800 GS is priced $4,000 less than the 1200.
With a complete range of available adventure accessories (including great expandable locking hard bags, GPS and a low-seat option), as long as it suits your inseam and you don’t mind a little business now and then, it’s hard to find a more capable machine for a ’round-the-world adventure or just a run to the next town, on- or off-road."