Representing the first model of a new series of mid-range sport bikes, BMW's F 800 S is scheduled to begin rolling off the company's Berlin assembly line in the first half of 2006. But first, the Munich-based manufacturer plans to show it at the EICMA Motor Show in Milan on November 15.
Weighing 441 lbs. road-ready, the F 800 S is powered by an 800cc twin-cylinder four-valve inline motor developed in cooperation with Bombardier-Rotax GmbH. Featuring 12:1 compression and a combustion chamber designed similarly to the one used in the new K-engine, the powerplant is manufactured in the Austrian Rotax plant and is delivered to the Berlin production line ready-for-assembly.
The nearly 80bhp produced by the lump is further transferred via a six-speed gearbox and a final drive supplied by a low-maintenance belt-drive introduced on the F 650 CS - something BMW says “represents the optimum combination of weight, space requirements, efficiency and service life in this performance class.”
BMW says a price for the F 800 S has not yet been set. Read the October 17 issue of Powersports Business magazine for more news from BMW.
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