Bmw f800gs insurance group

These bikes are nearly new and like all GS BMWs hold their value well. Factory extras can make a significant difference to value, especially ABS and hard luggage. BMW lists 11 major options and 21 bolt-on extras so check spec carefully.

Most bikes are still in the BMW dealer network and that means they get 12 months warranty in addition to the factory one although these run concurrently not consecutively. Buy from an independent dealer or privately and you’ll pay about £5,000 for a tidy two year old bike. It’d be more like £5,800 in a BMW dealer with six month old minters making more like £6,500. BMW dealers aren’t allowed to discount new bikes but we’ve recently spotted a modestly spec’d 800GS with just 10 miles on the clock for a fraction over £7,000.

The F650GS is significantly cheaper but rarer too. An early bike with high miles goes for about £4,750 in a BMW dealer and more like £4,250 elsewhere while a 6 month old minter would be more like £5,500 from a main agent and you’ll struggle to find one elsewhere. Don’t confuse it with the older single cylinder F650GS. It’s worth checking out the superb GS website, www.ukgseras there are some private sale 650 and 800GSs advertised there. There’s a £12 annual subscription but it’s well worth it if you’re serious about owning a GS.

BMW genuine parts aren’t cheap but most aren’t outrageous either. There are few used parts in breakers yet but it’s worth trying good specialists like Motorworks (01484 353600) and Motobins (01775 680881).

  • Bar end: £19
  • Left mirror £31
  • Rear pads £23
  • Clocks (inc on board computer) £448
  • Headlight £242
  • Clutch lever £47
  • Left front indicator £36
  • Front brake disc F650GS £156
  • Front brake disc F800GS £216 (two required)
  • 6,000 mile/12 month service: £132
  • 12,000 mile/24 month service: £231

Ian Street is workshop controller and senior technician at highly respected BMW dealer CW
Motorcycles Dorchester

“The F800GS and F650GS have proved to be really nice bikes. I like the 800 but some people prefer the 650 and say it rides better and they prefer the gearing.

“There were a few teething problems with some of the early bikes but nothing too serious. They should have all been sorted before the bikes left the showroom or with dealer campaigns. The top radiator hose was slightly too short on some bikes. The fix was to fit a longer hose and to check the pipe finish where it connects to engine.

“There were a few rocker cover oil leaks. This was generally fixed with some sealant, especially on the left-hand side by the scallop shapes. We did replace a couple of rocker covers too as they were possibly distorted.

“As for chains, we did see a couple with broken side plates. I think this could have been caused by poor chain adjustments (too tight). They’re a good bike to service. When we check the valves at 12,000 miles most of the time they don’t need the shims changing. They’re semi hemisphere shims – like a ball cut in half – and don’t seem to wear. So they just go back together which is good.”

“Overall they’re a really good, reliable bike.”

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