2015 BMW F800R First Look PreviewBMW has updated its F800R for 2015, the roadster arriving with revamped styling and additional horsepower.
The F800R – a brother of the F 800 GT tourer and F 800 GS adventure bike – has an updated liquid-cooled four-valve twin-cylinder 798cc engine. BMW has increased horsepower to 90 horsepower at 8000 rpm, up three from the previous model.BMW has also shortened the ratio from first and second gear, providing better low-speed pulling and springing power. As for torque, it remains the same as the previous model – 63 ft/lbs at 5800 rpm.The 2015 F800R is further enhanced by new suspension components and optimized ergonomics. The F800R arrives with a new upside-down fork and a lower 31.1” seat vs. the 31.4” seat offered on previous models. Ergonomics are further improved with a new handlebar and foot pegs.Stopping the F800R are double-disc brakes with radial calipers that offer “fade-resistant stopping power.”The design of the F800R – which is also pitched at novice riders – also provides a visual showcase for that extra rider engagement. With its newly designed fairings, radiator shields, front mudguard and wheels, plus a new range of colors, the sporty roadster cuts an extremely dynamic figure. The now symmetrical main headlight also gives it a distinctive “face,” BMW says.Also, BMW sticks with its “Safety 360°” principle – the new F800R is fitted with ABS as standard. It can also be ordered with optional systems such as ASC (Automatic Stability Control) and ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), ensuring it sets a new benchmark in the segment in terms of its safety performance and all-round qualities.BMW Motorrad has yet to release the pricing and availability of the 2015 BMW F800R.2015 BMW F800R Highlights:
Higher output than its predecessor – 90 horsepower at 8,000 rpm vs 87 horsepower at 8000 rpm on previous models
Modified ratios for first and second gear
New body features with an even more dynamic design
Symmetrical main headlight arrangement
Radial front brake calipers
Lighter wheels with dynamic design
Rider foot pegs
Seat height reduced to 31.1” (previously 31.4”)
New tapered aluminum handlebars
ASC (Automatic Stability Control) – optional / special accessory
ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) – optional
Output reduced to 35 kW (48 horsepower) – special accessory / optional
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