John Bentall Posted May 20, 2006 Share Posted May 20, 2006 I have a F800S with 350 miles on it as a loaner today. What a fun bike - 85 BHP in a 200kg (wet) machine. The engine is really smooth for a parallel twin as I did not find it vibey. 4,000 rpm corresponds to 70 mph and it will cruise like that all day. There is plenty of torque for the weight and it pulls strongly and evenly from 3,000 rpm. The bike is lovely and flickable, brakes are excellent and I did not find the dive of the conventional forks disconcerting after 5 years of Telelever. I think there is plenty there to make it a viable alternative to a Honda VFR Interceptor ,and I believe it will be a great success for BMW. Anybody thinking of a 1200ST should give this one a ride as well. What didn't I like about it compared to my 1200RT - well, I think you can guess. Flies on the visor (where's the screen) and the sporty riding position that put a painful amount of weight on my aging wrists. Link to comment
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