BMW F800ST Review

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BMW F800ST

Honestly, I think this is a massively underrated bike. It’s a joy to ride, feels fantastic at all speeds, stops on a sixpence and corners like a racing bike!

- Rating: 8 / 10
Handling, brakes, comfort, value, luggage
×Gearbox, suspension
Deals, specs and pics

What Is It?

The BMW F800ST is a mid-range sports tourer which is closely related to the naked F800R. Power makes its way to the rear wheel via belt drive.

Engine: 798 cc Parallel Twin, 87 bhp

Economy: 55 mpg / 5.1 L/100km

Range: 190 miles / 306 km

Seat Height: 820 mm / 32.3 inches

Wet Weight: 209 kg / 461 pounds

Power to Weight: 0.416 bhp/kg / 0.310 kW/kg

What Is It Like?

BMW F800ST

I was lucky to get a very low mileage 2011 and it was pretty much unused when it was delivered.

What's Good?

It’s very well balanced and fairly light.

If you commit to corners, it feels great and the brakes are superb.

For me it’s more than fast enough. I have red lined it a few times but it’s capable of 130 mph + so how fast do you want to go?

It’s not really a tourer and I haven’t toured on it. Having said that it comes with panniers which can expand, which is awesome, also locked using the main key.

BMW F800ST

What Could Be Improved?

I found the gearbox a little clunky in 1st around town but I also realised it’s very happy, with plenty of low end grunt to do most low speed stuff in 2nd.

Mods

I’m 6’1 so I changed the seat for the ‘high’ one.

To Sum Up

It’s a comfortable bike with mirrors in the right place, just enough screen to take off the worst wind at speed and not too much ‘sport bike’ positioning but if you need to get on the tank it feels right.

Honestly, I think this is a massively under rated bike, it’s a joy to ride, feels fantastic at high / low speeds, stops on a sixpence and corners like a racing bike!

- John EB, 2020

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Price Guide

Year
Dealer
Private
Part Ex
Mileage
2012
£4,350
£3,500
£3,050
13,300
2011
£4,100
£3,300
£2,900
14,800

Gear

Parts & Accessories

Related Bikes

BMW F800S - Sports equivalent

BMW F800R - Naked equivalent

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