2017 BMW F 800 R & F 800 GT | First Look Review

The 2017 BMW F 800 R (left) in BMW Motorsport colors and F 800 GT (right) in Gravity Blue metallic matt. (Photos: BMW)
The 2017 BMW F 800 R (left) in BMW Motorsport colors and F 800 GT (right) in Gravity Blue metallic matt. (Photos: BMW)

BMW’s F 800 R and F 800 GT have proven popular with smaller riders, and for 2017 both models are receiving updates and new color options.

2017 BMW F 800 R.
2017 BMW F 800 R.

Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of ride-by-wire, which enables riding modes. Rain and Road riding modes will come as standard on both models, while Dynamic ride mode will be equipped as an option. A revised instrument cluster will now include the chosen riding mode, as well as new dials that are easier to read.

Check out the 2015 F 800 R and see what’s new this year.

2017 BMW F 800 GT.
2017 BMW F 800 GT.

Both bikes will have a newly Euro 4-compliant, liquid-cooled, 798cc parallel twin engine that is good for a claimed 90 horsepower. The F 800 GT will also have minor cosmetic changes, including a windshield with “F 800 GT” inscribed on it and a new-look model designation on the bodywork.

Read our Road Test Review of the 2013 BMW F 800 GT.

2017 BMW F 800 R in Racing Red non-metallic.
2017 BMW F 800 R in Racing Red non-metallic.

The 2017 F 800 R will be available in Racing Red non-metallic, Blackstorm metallic and BMW Motorsport colors (Lightwhite non-metallic/Lupine Blue metallic/Racing Red non-metallic). The 2017 F 800 GT will be available in Gravity Blue metallic matt, Lightwhite non-metallic and Blackstorm metallic. The F 800 R will also have “Design Option” wheels available, which adds a decorative red line around the edge of the wheel rim.

2017 BMW F 800 GT in Lightwhite non-metallic.
2017 BMW F 800 GT in Lightwhite non-metallic.

BMW Motorrad accessories will be available for both models, including taller handlebars for the F 800 R, a new HP exhaust for both and various seat height options.

US pricing and availability are TBD.


  1. having owned a f800gt for a little over 3 years I’d like to leave a few comments on it. first off Ill say that it is a good motorcycle for a new rider, that is if they have 14,000 dollars to spend for a GT or 11 or 12 grand for a R. In 2013 I bought the GT new and I was a new rider at the time and unfortunately last year I was involved in a accident that totaled the bike. But make no mistake I wish to the heavens that I still had it. My f800gt was comfortable, handled great, did really good on mileage (until I changed the exhaust) but even then it wasn’t bad at all. I took the bike on the highway and wanted to see what I could get out of it, one of my friends said he clocked me at over 130 so that isn’t really to bad for a two cylinder bike. I didn’t then and I don’t plan on it now of making it a habit of going that fast but I was surprised that it did that good.
    Now here is where I think that BMW is giving this bike a major screw job, even with what I just said about how well the performance was, for the size and price of the GT its underpowered and over priced. The R model isn’t all that bad but its still maybe about 1000 dollars to high as well. I don’t think BMW realizes what a cash cow the GT could be for a long time to come. Ive seen so many walk away from the GT once they were told that its only a 90 hp bike. and the salesman at the BMW dealership here told me that he has a hard time selling them because of that. So it needs a performance upgrade to at least 100-105 hp and in the upper 60’s to 70 in torque at the least. Second thing is it needs a face lift, it isn’t 2006 anymore and the GT needs a fresh look that will distinguish away it from the old BMW f800st. For example In 1997 I bought my first Honda accord best car I ever owned, in 2004 I bought a second accord but by then Honda had change the body style and gave it a little more power made it a better car. I think its funny that BMW will take a bike like the s1000rr (a sport bike built to come close to breaking the sound barrier) and put a cruise control on it, or take the motor from the s1000rr and put it on a adventure bike frame and trick it out as well, and how many models of bikes does BMW have with the ugliest motor in the world (the boxer) yet the best the F800gt can get it a new paint job and some minor upgrades that wont help it sale any better then it has. As for the R model as a entry level bike its fine, but do you really need 2 entry level bikes that are both over 11,000 dollars. I’m disappointed in BMW because the f800gt has so much more potential to be the top dog in its class (middle weight sport touring) for a long long time to come but for some reason BMW chooses to dance around it to push bigger, heavier, and in some cases less attractive, much more expensive (even for BMW) bikes. The last thing i’ll say is after my accident it was almost 3 months before I got a new bike, I upgraded to a k1300s. But before I got it I really struggled between switching brands, I thought about a zx14 but decided that was a little more bike then I wanted and I knew that the k1300 was a better bike for touring, getting another f800gt but couldn’t justify over 14,000 when a new zx14 was only about 800-900 dollars more, the 0NLY reason I decided to go ahead and get the k1300s was I got great finance rate 0.9 if not for that I probably would not have a bike at all right now. if BMW were to put the GT back on the operating table and give it a fresh more modern look (meaning get away from that big cyclops front) at the least, and a performance upgrade I wouldn’t have a problem trading my k1300 for it but unless that happens, if something happens to my K3 it may not my last bike but BMW would have really impress me if I were to get another BMW.

    • I am on my second F800ST. I put over 27k on the first one (2009) and bought a GS used, which I didn’t like as much, so I sold and then got a great deal on a used 2012 ST. No, they’re not rocketships, but set up properly, you can ride them all day long, and have great fun on them. I disagree that they are “beginner” bikes. I’m older, with many years of on and off road miles under my belt. For us older guys especially, they are lightweight, nimble, and tons of fun. I’ve had it less than a year, and already put over 6k on it. They’re just plain fun to ride. I can’t vouch for the new GT, as I haven’t ridden it, but the ST is one of the best handling bikes I’ve ever ridden. Just my opinion of course 🙂

      • The reason I say they are Beginner bikes is that is what I was told when I was looking for my first bike, and let be honest here until the 310R the f800gt/R were Bmw’s smallest displacement bikes even with it being almost 500 pounds. 90 hp is a joke for a bike for its size. I understand what you mean about being a older rider as well I’m 54 soon to be 55, I don’t want a big bike like a k1600 or the 1200 gt’s either Which Is why I split the difference and got the k1300s. I won’t say I wasn’t content with the f800gt I was and would probably still if I still had it. But why call yourself upgrading a product if you upgrade it to appeal to a wider market base.

        • No, the GT is not an upgrade. I much prefer the ST . 90HP is a joke? Well compared to a vMax sure, but I’ve had it up over 120mph with more headroom left. And it got there quick too. And you can pick one up used with low miles for under $7k. I know because I did – twice! With the bar risers, and a vStream windscreen, for a smaller person like myself, it is a ride it all day bike (which I do regularly). Would I buy a GT when this one wears out? Probably not. If money was no object, I’d get a MOTUS MST. Now that is a wicked bike (and around $30K). Some of the new Indians are kind of cool too. Who knows what’s next?

  2. The F800GT has nothing of a “beginner bike”. Being 56 meanwhile, I ride bikes for 40 years all year long, some 50,000 miles a year. I rode everything there was on the market, since I used to be a motorbike journalist for 20 years and owned lots of bikes myself. We’re talking 800 cc, not 500. We’re talking 90hp, not 35. We’re talking topspeed of well over 125 mph, not 85 and finally 3.9 sec from 0-60. All this has nothing to do with a “beginner bike”. Although I could buy ever bike I like, I chose the F800GT, because it is lightweight, well behaved, and a wonderful allrounder with great value for money. I can pack half a house and the garden for a tour or just have an aggressive dash around some curvy country lanes. There is almost no car that can annoy me on the motorway, however I’m surely not the kind of guy who fancies illegal races with a Ninja. I just want a sporty bike for every day and every tour that doesn’t feel like a motorhome or beats my backbone to pieces. That’s why the F800GT is the bike of my choice. Beginners should stay well clear of 90hp for the first few years.

    • Wolfgang, our stories sound similar I have been riding for over 40 years and currently ride a 2011 Street Glide and have concerns about the 800s power any advice . I am looking for a lighter bike but still want to pass 18 wheelers .

      • Hello Ken, look no further. 😉 For the last two years I’m riding the F800GT on German motorways and there’s barely a reason for me to leave the left lane even with luggage and my wife on the back seat. Usually she takes her own bike, a R1100R, but not for long motorway stints. She just wouldn’t be able to follow my “under powered” F800 ;-). She’s a bit jealous, though.
        Seriously now, the F800 engine does need rpm to live up to its potential. If this isn’t for you, then probably the parallel twin isn’t either. It does perfectly well in the basement too – and the long first gear is a delightment after you got used to it – but to pass the addressed 18 wheelers on a curvy road you probably want to shift two gears down. So it’s all about shifting I’m afraid. Buying such a light weight touring bike comes at a price: it’s two instead of four cylinders. That’s what makes the big (weight) difference. You do have the power for the 18 wheeler, you do have the power to annoy every Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, M5 or whatever a German motorway throws at you, but you constantly need all of the six gears. The F800GT is really great fun, it’s the best touring sport bike I personally ever had the pleasure to own or to ride. It’s pure fun and great functionality.
        But if you want torque stick to the Street Glide. There is a bike for every taste. And we are all fellow bikers, aren’t we?

        • I agree that the f800gt is a fun and versatile bike for touring and everyday riding. But for whatever is said about how good this bike is, the pit fall for the f800gt is going to be that is priced out of its class. Two very simple things would help the f800gt immensely. Number one more power not a lot more but enough to justify the price tag, and number 2, a more modern style. It isn’t 2006 anymore it isn’t even 2010. Bring the f800gt up speed and I’ll be the first one in line to buy another one.

          • I find your comments interesting. First, the bike needs more power…yet it will do 140 mph, per the Michigan Police tests.

            Second, while the styling may be dated for you, I’ve received more compliments from complete strangers of my GT than all my previous bikes combined. But then style is a personal taste.

            I like the bike just the way it is. There are rumors of an update to the bike in a couple years. I doubt I’ll jump at the chance. I took two trips on mine last summer, putting on over 7000 miles in four weeks. Never once did I wish I had a different bike.

  3. I have had a f800gt for 3 years and done 20,000 miles. I love the economy , comfort and versatility of the bike. You can tour and commute no problem and it is very reliable. The best thing is the belt drive. If you hate maintenance (chains) and want an easy to ride bike without going for a shaft drive which means 1200cc and big bucks this is for you. I am however disappointed that BMW have not give a new model rather than a new paint job. I also think 105bhp is needed just to give it that extra punch that is needed. I had a triumph tiger 800cc before and it had more punch. it is a better all round package than the tiger. So come on BMW get your finger out and make a good bike fantastic !


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