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    The F800R handles noticeably better than the 'S' version under acceleration or during braking.
    German magazine Motorrad already dyno-tested the motorcycle and found that it was producing 7.5 hp more than BMW's claimed 87bhp, peaking at 93bhp.
    We've seen 100mpg already at 65mph (really!)
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    If they would just lose the chain...
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    100MPG?!?!?! They must be saying what the computer reads when they are going down hill with a tailwind. There is no way the bike could actually get 100mpg on a full tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avboden View Post
    100MPG?!?!?! They must be saying what the computer reads when they are going down hill with a tailwind. There is no way the bike could actually get 100mpg on a full tank.
    I am stunned by their mpg statement as well. Not just 100mpg at 65mph, but they also said that 50mpg was easy without really trying hard ....

    Either BMW pulled something out of their sleeve, or MCN UK "misunderstood" something like they've done many times in the past ...

    I ride CBR125R in city and clearly if the above is true F800R is almost equally as good, except my bike makes 7 x times less power ......

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    Liked the article -- because according to MCN it seems I made a good choice I ordered mine in February after sitting two times on it in a bike show, without opportunity for a test ride. Still need to wait at least for a month to get it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxs View Post
    I am stunned by their mpg statement as well. Not just 100mpg at 65mph, but they also said that 50mpg was easy without really trying hard ....

    Either BMW pulled something out of their sleeve, or MCN UK "misunderstood" something like they've done many times in the past ...

    I ride CBR125R in city and clearly if the above is true F800R is almost equally as good, except my bike makes 7 x times less power ......
    AH you haven't had the pleasure of an F800 yet.

    I regularly get 55mpg per tank. If it's just highway i've gotten as high as 64.

    The gas millage is truly insane, just not at 100 mpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by avboden View Post
    AH you haven't had the pleasure of an F800 yet.

    I regularly get 55mpg per tank. If it's just highway i've gotten as high as 64.

    The gas millage is truly insane, just not at 100 mpg

    I have, although very briefly.

    I don't doubt it can do 64, but that is steady 65mph hwy riding. I got the impression from the article that even on a spirited ride they reached 55, meaning they didn't ride at constant hwy speed, but rather goosed it from time to time ....

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    Maybe it's British mpg which might be different? Aren't imperial gallons higher in volume than U.S. gallons? Dunny? anybody?

    That's a nice bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mxs View Post
    I have, although very briefly.

    I don't doubt it can do 64, but that is steady 65mph hwy riding. I got the impression from the article that even on a spirited ride they reached 55, meaning they didn't ride at constant hwy speed, but rather goosed it from time to time ....
    I'm talking all in US MPG.

    On very very spirited rides under 100MPH lowest i've gotten was 53mpg. Very spirited from 100-130mph lowest i've recorded was 48mpg.
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    You know...the changes in suspension, power, and overall refinement are some things I'd trade up for.

    The chain, however, is another matter entirely. That will take some convincing.

    However, as much as I love the S...take an F800R, install the S fairing and my current handlebars/topclamp, traditional BMW turn signal switches, and I think I could make myself live with the chain.

    Just my $0.02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avboden View Post
    I'm talking all in US MPG.

    On very very spirited rides under 100MPH lowest i've gotten was 53mpg. Very spirited from 100-130mph lowest i've recorded was 48mpg.
    Well then I guess, judging by what you wrote there's not much of news to write about. Your older bike seems to perform the same as well as "R". Althoug spirited could mean many things. Spirited, but steady (albeit high speed), doesn't necessarily mean most fuel demanding. Stop and go to high speed frequently is .

    Anyways, until someone more credible than MCN will post some numbers, it's probably not worth of much debate.

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    I too wouldn't want it with the Chain!

    Buell has proven that street fighters with high HP can run on the belt!
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    I too wouldn't want it with the Chain!

    Buell has proven that street fighters with high HP can run on the belt!
    Never never never never ever compare a Buell to our bikes again. That is just wrong...
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    I can't help but think that BMW sent a ringer. Happens in the car mag biz all the time. What other way can you make a big buzz on press launch?

    If all they say is confirmed by other journo's, then I'm truly impressed with the refinements/improvements.

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    Thought I should add here as I keep a close eye on economy. Using universal 'm's & UK 'g's, my 2008 F800ST typically does 52mpg on short journeys in heavy traffic from a cold engine (making MCN's comment of '50mpg without trying' quite reasonable). Cold engine/short journey/heavy traffic is about as 'worst case' as I think it can get. 'Progressive' riding I get around 65mpg, tedious long journeys (typically sitting at 75-80mph) it goes up to around 80mpg. A very careful 50mph in 6th does appear to give around 95mpg, but it happens rarely enough (and not for very far) for me to be able to substantiate it as I get there by removing the other miles at a better known mpg from the total fuel quantity & giving that number. Which isn't a very reliable method. But - interestingly - does seem to match the computer's guesswork fairly well, as do the other numbers...
    Conversions: 1 UK gallon appears to be 1.2 US gallons, so in US units that would mean I get 43mpg in town, 54mpg when being a nut, 67mpg on long journeys & 79mpg when trying really hard to be economical. Which seems to match up with avboden pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avboden View Post
    Never never never never ever compare a Buell to our bikes again. That is just wrong...


    I would dare to say that Buell has proven that their Rotax Powered, high HP bikes can run on a belt with no belt issues....

    Sport bike....Rotax Engine ...Belt...High HP to weight... great handling.....Low Center of Gravity design...Compare ...I guess not!

    PS. Rotax is owned by a Canadain Corporation, Bombardier, as they are the major shareholder. . In Canada the F800's, Aprillia, and Buell 1125's have some Canadian content, no other motorcycle manufacturer does.

    I purchesed the F800S over a Buell S12SCG. I didn't want my right leg cooked medium rare! If the F800 did not have a belt I would be riding the Buell.
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    My GS gets 199 miles per gallon on the computer - but that is going downhill with the throttle closed. When I open the throttle, the mileage drops substantially. My guess is that MCN had the computer toggled to the wrong setting on the computer display. Maybe they didn't read the owner's manual.
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    It's a great looker. Too bad it doesn't have a belt and is not coming stateside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katego View Post
    It's a great looker. Too bad it doesn't have a belt and is not coming stateside.

    -k

    Is that confirmed or just Internet gossip? How about Canada? Anyone knows?

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    I can confirm that, at least for 2009 -- 2010 might be a different story.

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    I asked my dealer when it was coming & he replied that it would not be coming here, nor would the K1300R, as the price point would be too high to compete in this market.

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    Canada is getting K1300R (http://www.bmw-motorrad.ca/En/newmodels.php), so maybe the fact that they don't list F800R proves that it is not coming here either ....

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    Canada is getting K1300R ....

    Getting the K13R??? We've had it for months, along with the 1300S.

    2010 should be interesting for Canada. Near the end of 09 Honda has confirmed it is releasing a NEW 600cc 4cyl model (not confirmed if its the Hornet) as an intermediate bike, for those looking to step up from the companys cbr125.

    BMW would be crazy NOT to offer the R as it will likely be in a similar market.

    We're supposed to be getting the R in '10. Not fully confirmed yet.
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    I would think we will get it.
    But who would want it, untill all the S's are sold. Then I would take an ST over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunnY View Post
    2010 should be interesting for Canada. Near the end of 09 Honda has confirmed it is releasing a NEW 600cc 4cyl model (not confirmed if its the Hornet) as an intermediate bike, for those looking to step up from the companys cbr125.
    I can tell you right now (and I know a lot of people who ride CBR125 incl. myself) that we don't find it exciting at all. Honestly, who can genuinely care about another 600cc I-4 bike, there's a whole sea of them. What people want is light 250-400cc bike, not another 400lbs I-4 machine .... Honda is sadly not getting it as many others don't, that is if we are talking about step up bike from 125cc ......

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    If anyone's interested, another review of the F800R has just popped up here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avboden View Post
    AH you haven't had the pleasure of an F800 yet.

    I regularly get 55mpg per tank. If it's just highway i've gotten as high as 64.

    The gas millage is truly insane, just not at 100 mpg

    On my first ride out of the showroom floor to home 400kms I averaged 72 mpg "imperal" and was rolling along at 70 mph for 2/3 of the way.
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