For 2013, BMW Motorrad has replaced its mid-range sport-tourer, the F800ST, with a newer model – the F800GT.The “Gran Turismo” receives a host of upgrades over the F800ST, including five additional horsepower, the 798cc parallel twin producing 90 horsepower, and standard ABS.The fully-faired F800GT also is available with optional Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA), an Akrapovic exhaust and newly-developed side luggage.Following is an overview of the BMW F 800 GT’s technical features:
Increased power 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 fairing and windshield with improved wind and weather protection and new paint finishes.
The latest generation of BMW Motorrad ABS, now as standard.
Automatic Stability Control ASC (optional / accessory).
Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA (optional / accessory).
Convenient adjustment of rear spring pretension via a handwheel.
Suspension optimized in terms of ride stability and comfort.
New, lighter wheels in dynamic design.
Improved 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 reservoir.
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 24 lbs to 456 lbs.
New exhaust system with optimized heel protection.
Turn indicators in smoke grey.
Newly developed luggage system (accessory).
New connection of BMW Motorrad Navigator IV to handlebar clamp (accessory).
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
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