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    How about an F800RT?

    I test rode an '08 F800ST a couple of weeks ago. I thought the engine performance was very nice, but the seating position is just too sporty for these old bones.

    After thinking about it for a few days I wondered why BMW doesn't make an F800RT. I talked it over with the salesman I deal with at the local store and he thought it was a good idea. In Europe they don't care for the liter class and bigger touring bike, but something along the lines of the old R800RT, with modern horsepower, brakes and suspension sounds like a real winner to me. I might even trade my '01 R1100RT...
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    There are a couple of previous threads on this topic that have covered it in great detail.
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    we had a good thread discussing this (incl. photoshop of one!) on the f800riders forum.
    check -> http://f800riders.org/forum/showthre...F800RT-Why-not

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    since there is no BMW F800RT and like you, my old bones ain't liking the riding position of the 800ST i bought a 2011 F650GS. i added the complete Aeroflow package, touring windshield, aerogards, duct deflectors & leg guards, the last two painted to match the bike. the Aeroflow package, although not cheap, gives me good all weather protection and gets me as close to a "mini RT" as i am going to get. the upright seating position the little GS has is just about perfect for me, but in all honesty if BMW came out with a F800RT tomorrow i'd buy one.

    here is a pic of the bike with the leg guards on but the duct deflectors were still at the paint shop when this pic was taken.





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    F800rt

    Depending on location:

    2005/2006 F800S Released

    2007/2008 F800ST

    2008/2009 F800GS

    2009/2010 F800R

    2012/2013 F800RT

    Progression and release history seems about right.

    Would be a Great option for those looking for a BMW RT "Lite" !

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1LIFE2LIVE View Post
    Depending on location:

    2005/2006 F800S Released

    2007/2008 F800ST

    2008/2009 F800GS

    2009/2010 F800R

    2012/2013 F800RT

    Progression and release history seems about right.

    Would be a Great option for those looking for a BMW RT "Lite" !
    When the F800S/ST was introduced, the president of BMW Motorrad went on record announcing the GS and R versions yet to come. There has been no indication there will ever be an F800RT.

    The subject has been covered in two other threads:
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...ghlight=f800RT
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...ghlight=f800RT
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    I'd be happy if they introduced traction control on the f800st.

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    The 800RT will be available

    .... the day the Honda NT700 starts taking business away from BMW. But that will probably not happen until gasoline hits upwards of $8/gallon.

    I've sent BMW emails pleading for an 800RT but we vote with our wallets. I will sign any petition if someone has the time to put one together.

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    Rodney: I used to have an R1150RT but am now riding an F800ST. With some bar backs, wider bars, Buell footpegs, and a Corbin seat, it's pretty comfortable. While it very definitely lacks the awesome front suspension of the big RT, it makes up for it in versatility. I've used mine for touring, track days, and some long treks down mud roads.

    from this:



    to this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by samuelh View Post
    I'd be happy if they introduced traction control on the f800st.

    ...and the new 900cc version of the engine Husky is using.

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    The fairing and bars on the BMW e-scooter prototype look like a good design for a F800RT.

    http://www.gizmag.com/bmw-electric-m...scooter/19185/

    Last edited by 35303; 07-24-2011 at 02:18 AM.

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    I've got one!

    I've ridden this bike for hours on end, super highways, back roads, through cities. It gets 58-62 miles per gallon of gas, it's light weight and easy to handle, and it's beautiful and practical. I give you the BMW F800 RT.


    Her name is "Mithril" although she's more like Shadowfax!



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    Quote Originally Posted by RODNEY.ANDERSON@COX.NET View Post
    I test rode an '08 F800ST a couple of weeks ago. I thought the engine performance was very nice, but the seating position is just too sporty for these old bones.

    After thinking about it for a few days I wondered why BMW doesn't make an F800RT. I talked it over with the salesman I deal with at the local store and he thought it was a good idea. In Europe they don't care for the liter class and bigger touring bike, but something along the lines of the old R800RT, with modern horsepower, brakes and suspension sounds like a real winner to me. I might even trade my '01 R1100RT...
    I like your thinking! Needs to be less tall though, for a short legged person!
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    To add fuel to this already fine thread why not a F800RT triple based on one half of the current K1600 model.

    Could prove interesting....
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    Rumors of an F800RT

    OK, it might happen. I was talking to a BMW dealer who was telling me it's top secret stuff, but BMW IS actually thinking of making an F800RT. They've gotten a lot of feedback about the weight of the R1200RT, and how people like it, but they would like a lighter bike...the F series is the right weight, but not ideal for longer touring....so they might maybe have heard our cries. I'm in the same boat. I do not like the seating position of the F800ST, the GS is way too tall, the 650GS lacks performance, so the money stays in my pocket cuz there's nothing BMW makes that I want right now. I'll just stick with the too heavy RT right now!

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