The F 800 S has all the bells and whistles of a 2006 BMW motorcycle, of course. But the 1996 TRX 850 also had around 80 horsepower, a twin engine, and a fairing similar to the F800S. New means of balancing a two cylinder engine has properly giving the F800S less vibration though. And along with the balanced Rotax Bombardier developed engine I’m sure BMW put lots of other modern gizmos on the their bike. But is it a coincidence that the F800S roll out of the BMW factory exactly 10 years after the TRX850 was discontinued by Yamaha? Could it be a tribute?
Will you be driving a F800S next year? Tribute or not, I like the look of the BMW. I always had a good eye for the TRX and in my belief the F800S takes a good design further in the right direction. Question is; will it be worth its price tag of 9,950 Euros, which will probably bring it past 200,000 Dkr (more than 30,000$) with taxes and all. (I did not type an extra zero by mistake; vehicles are insanely expensive in Denmark). When you are in that price league there really are a lot of bikes to choose from.
To be worth that much to me it would have to be a blast on a track day as well as capable of taking me and the better half on month’s long adventures around the continent. Some how I doubt that is the case, and then I’m better of with a less expensive touring bike like the Suzuki DL1000 and an unregistered (takes 2/3 of the price in DK) used 600cc race bike. Guess I’ll wait and see till I get a chance to take one for a spin next season.