First introduced in 2006, with the widely-praised F 800 S, BMW's 798cc parallel- twin motor has gone on to power everything from roadsters to tourers and adventure bikes.
But sometimes it gets glossed over in favour of its bigger and more-famous brother: the Boxer engine. Here are a few things it's worth knowing about the unstoppable F-series bikes.
THEY MAKE INCREDIBLE CUSTOM BIKES.
Classic models and the R nineT may be the most popular customised BMWs at the moment, but there's a huge variety of custom BMW F 800 models out there - and some of them have been absolutely transformed by their creators.
The F 800 motor can be found in the F 800 R, F 800 GT & F 800 GS / GS Adventure. It makes 85-90bph and it's torquey, fun and very easy to ride.
It even finds a home in the F 700 GS, where a lightly detuned version of the motor makes the perfect introductory motorbike- one that's used at our BMW Rider Training school to help hundreds of riders get their licence.
THEY'RE ACTION HEROES.
THEY'RE THE PERFECT NEW RIDER BIKE.
Exclusively for new riders, BMW Motorrad UK is offering a package including your motorcycle training and test, head-to-toe motorbike kit worth £2,680 for just £500 if you purchase a new BMW F 800 R - or any other model - through BMW Select.
THEY WERE THE STAR OF THE GS TROPHY.
The F 800 GS was the star of the 2008, 2010 & 2012 BMW GS Trophy International finals. Teams from all over the world travelled to far-flung destinations and put the F 800 GS to the ultimate test.
And, often, the competitors fell in love with their F 800 and took it home afterwards!
THEY CAN TOUR THE WORLD.
The BMW F 800 GT is the perfect middleweight sports-tourer, offering comfort, performance, fuel economy and more. BMW Motorrad UK is now offering an exclusive F 800 GT SE version, featuring the following as standard for £10,250 OTR:
- Electronic Suspension Adjustment
- Automatic Stability Control
- BMW Motorrad ABS
- BMW Navigator V & mounting kit
- Heated Grips
- Tyre Pressure Control
- On-board Computer
- Main Centre Stand
- Touring Panniers & fitments