Post Sale Update – this BMW F800S has sold at an unknown price.
The BMW F800S was a very brief member of the BMW Motorrad lineup in the United States. Only sold from 2006-2007, it was notable for being the first BMWs to go with a belt drive. An upright parallel-twin developed by Rotax provided around 85 horsepower and earlier than expected torque, but the 360-degree firing order of the cylinders made this bike sound more like the R-series airheads.
The F800S comes with ABS and heated grips, though unfortunately you get conventional front forks instead of BMWs fantastic Telelever system. To lower the center of gravity, the fuel tank is under the seat – note the filler nozzle behind the tank on the right side of the bike. The riding position is sportier than the ST, and there’s only a chin fairing, leaving the engine and double headers exposed. In many ways, this was a departure from the usual high-displacement, capable long distance sport-tourers that BMW specializes in, and that’s a good thing. This truly was a great city bike, but consumers didn’t seem to want that from BMW. Add that to the fact that this bike was probably a little over-priced, and you might see why it was cancelled so quickly. With that said, the F800ST soldiered on quite well, until it was recently replaced by the F800GT, a even more touring-oriented motorcycle.
This specific BMW F800S comes equipped with the lovely Lahar Grey paint. It might not seem like a rare color, as many ST’s were ordered with it, but it’s very hard to find a 800S in this color. In addition, the bike comes with a few extras to make it a more practical daily runabout, though it’s a shame you’re getting a Givi adapter plate without any luggage. The seller has a gallery with more pictures here
Find this BMW F800S here on ADVRider for $5900 in Brooklyn, New York.