BMW F800GS £10,055

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

FUEL 16 litres @ 48.65mpg = 169 miles WEIGHT 214kg SEAT 880mm POWER 84bhp TORQUE 61ftlb THE RIDER James Archibald. Longdis­tance com­muter with four years of rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. HEIGHT 5ft 11in WEIGHT 84kg james.archibald@mo­tor­cy­cle­

The GS has gone in for its 12,000-mile ser­vice – it’s a pretty big one with the valve clear­ances need­ing to be checked along with an air fil­ter re­place­ment, oil and fil­ter change with fur­ther gen­eral wear and tear checks. It’s just shy of the 12k mark at the mo­ment how­ever a trip to the Pure & Crafted festival in Ger­many last week brought things for­ward, with BMW pre­fer­ring that the ser­vice is car­ried out sooner rather than later. The GS didn’t suit the hip­ster im­age at the cus­tom bike festival, but it was the right bike to take me to Ber­lin and back. Read the full story of the trip in my next up­date.

Bit of pre-festival lov­ing for the beemer

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