2014 BMW F800GSA

Meet Fate

Purchase Date:

September 17, 2014



Favorite Mods:

Heed Crashbars


09.17.14 - Day I Bought Her


For years, my buddy and I sit around the campfire discussing motorcycles, and like many others have asked, is there that “one” bike when it comes to adventure riding? Well, we’ve come to the conclusion there just isn’t, truly. Having a small light-weight adventure bike like my WR250R opens up routes you can simply enjoy and never look back. Like some of the rough stuff on the UTBDR or COBDR. Yes, you can ride a big bike on these routes, but it’s just not the same experience as on a smaller dual sport bike. So, that means there’s another bike to compliment the light-weight adv bike… and for me, it’s the F800GSA! Because I always have the need to buzz down the highway, commute to work, 2up with my beautiful wife, all of which may take me off-road.. so this bike fits the need and then some.


Being the first year for this bike, the 2014 F800GS Adventure has options that, in previous years, were only available on the big 1200GSA. BMW added a larger gas tank (6.3 gal) to the F800GSA which is a huge deal for any adventure bike. A larger windshield and radiator shrouds help with wind protection and overall balance of the bike. I’ve read they also made the stock seat much better, and I have to say it is very very good!  Other upgrades are crash bars and saddlebag mounts, wide footpegs, adjustable brake pedal and hand guards, and the rear rack is pretty sweet.


So after reading and researching, my wife and I went up to Gateway BMW one afternoon and I took a ride on their demo bike. What I immediately noticed was how well the bike is balanced.. it just glides on a rail no matter what or how you are riding. It’s very smooth transmission and engine just made me smile from ear to ear.. I fell hard for it!


The salesman who came out to chat with me was Mr. Tom Huff, and come to find out he’s been a long-time friend of my buddy BigDog.. so we hit it right off. He was very honest with me and filled my head with years of knowledge when it comes to riding and the F800GSA, he has the same one himself. That means a lot to talk with salesman who ride the way the bike is designed to. I was highly impressed with everyone down at Gateway and have made new friends. Can’t wait to meet up out on the trail…. thanks Tom!


Come on.. let’s go home….. Fate


As of Oct. 2016

New Tire(10/16)

  • Front: 90/90-21 (54T) Continental Twinduro TKC80

Heed Crashbars (3/16)

New Tires (3/8/15)

  • Rear: 150/70B-17 (69T) Tube/Tubeless Heidenau K60 Scout
  • Front: 90/90-21 (54R) Pirelli Scorpion Rally

AltRider Headlight Guard (1/15/15)

AltRider Skid Plate (1/15/15)

My DIY GPS Mount (11/27/14)

Wolfman Wolf Tail bag (9/24/14)

Wolfman Blackhawk Tank bag  (9/19/14)

BMW Small Sport Softbag Tail bag – for 2-up (9/19/14)


Type Water-cooled, 4-stroke parallel-Twin, four valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication
Bore x stroke 82mm x 75.6mm
Capacity 798cc
Rated output 85 hp at 7500 rpm
Max. torque 61 ft.-lb. at 5750 rpm
Compression ratio 12.0:1
Mixture control/engine management Electronic fuel injection, digital engine management (BMS-K+)
Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter/emission standard EU-3


Maximum speed 120 mph
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h 55 mpg, at a constant 55 mph
Fuel type Premium Unleaded


Alternator three-phase alternator 400 W (rated power)
Battery 12 V/14 Ah, maintenance-free


Clutch Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated
Gearbox Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox integrated into crankcase
Drive Endless O-ring chain with shock damping in rear wheel hub


Frame Tubular steel trellis frame, load-bearing engine
Front wheel location/suspension 43mm upside-down telescopic fork
Rear wheel location/suspension Cast aluminum dual swing arm, WAD strut (travel related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable, rebound damping adjustable
Suspension travel front/rear 9.1 in./8.5 in.
Wheelbase 62.1 in.
Castor 4.6 in.
Steering head angle 64°
Wheels Wire spoke wheels
Rim, front 2.15 x 21″
Rim, rear 4.25 x 17″
Tires, front 90/90R- 21 54V
Tires, rear 150/70R-17 69V
Brake, front 300mm dual floating discs, two-piston floating calipers, ABS
Brake, rear 265mm single disc, single-piston floating caliper, ABS
ABS standard


Length 90.7 in.
Width (incl. mirrors) 36.4 in.
Height (excl. mirrors) 57.1 in.
Seat height, unladen weight 35.0 in. standard; low seat 33.9 in. (available as accessories and/or factory options)
Inner leg curve, unladen weight 77.2 in. standard; optional inner leg curve (inseam) 75.6 in. (seats available as accessories and/or factory options)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 505 lb.
Permitted total weight 1001 lb.
Payload (with standard equipment) 496 lb.
Usable tank volume 6.3 gal.
Reserve Approx. 1 gal.
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