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Lusting Over the 2009 BMW F 800 GS

January 24, 2009 | Chris Maxcer | Comments 3

By Chris Maxcer

Only a handful of gadget lovers can afford sports cars, but that doesn’t mean wicked cool transport is out of reach — the bike I’m lusting after is the 2009 BMW F 800 GS. It’s a dual-sport/enduro/adventure bike designed mostly for the road but capable of off-road use with a competent rider.

f800gs-sideSure, it’s a BMW with great specs — and we’ll get to some of them — but here’s the deal: it’s got one of the sickest looks around. The rakish front fender screams that it’s ready to take on the world. In comparison, the fine 2008 Kawasaki KLR 650 has a front fender that looks like the designer bent the mold with his knee.

No, the F 800 GS exudes attitude. For starters, it has a bigger engine than its popular series of predecessors, the F650 Dakar, et al, and now it cranks out 85 horses and 62 ft-lb of torque for butt-clenching acceleration. The dry weight is just 392 pounds, and the gas tank is placed underneath the seat to give it a lower center of gravity.

Yes, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman took the bigger R 1200 GS Adventure around the world in “The Long Way Round,” but the F 800 GS should be a much better bet for everyday versatile love.

f800gs-topThe standard package brings the bike in at about $12,000, and it comes in Dark Magnesium Metallic (all right) or Sunset Yellow (forget the metallic exists).

Is That Fast?

The F 800 GS boasts a 4.1-second 0-60 mph time and a top speed of 125 mph — and this is a bike that ships with tires capable of scrambling around on rock. Is that fast? Let’s compare how a few sports cars accelerate:

The $198,000 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo comes off the assembly line not much faster than the F 800 GS: the Gallardo’s zero-to-62 is 3.7 seconds. And the $80,000 Ford Shelby GT500KR? 0-to-60 in 4.1 seconds. Heck, the latest Nissan 307Z — at a sweetly reasonable $30,000 — launches from 0-to-60 in 5.1 seconds.f800gs-gauges

Besides, as long as your bike isn’t a scooter, you get the cred you need to actually wear a cool jacket.

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About the Author: Chris Maxcer is editor and publisher of WickedCoolTech.com. He's been writing about the tech industry for years. While he enjoys wicked cool gear and design, there's something to be said for turning it all off — or most of it — to go outside. To contact him, take a firstname.lastname guess at wickedcooltech.com.

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  1. Erik says:

    This is a smoking bike. The GPS is crazy.

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