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2009 BMW F800GS: “BMW has been thinking way out of the box lately, and there is perhaps no better evidence than its unstoppable new F800GS adventure tourer. It’s taller and longer than the R1200GS 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 brethren, yet the F800GS has enough on-road legs that you can haul down the highway from fill-up to fill-up in satisfactory comfort without stopping. Excellent fuel economy can stretch that out to more than 200 miles, too, and starting at $10,520 the F800GS 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 buzziness 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.” (Rider, July 2009; photo courtesy BMW)

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