Church of MO: 2009 BMW F800GS First Ride Review

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By John Burns

“The GS for the rest of us” was a good subhead, because by 2009 very few of us weren’t already riding one or another version of the pre-existing boxer-powered GS, leaving the new parallel-Twin only to fill in the gaps. Aboard it, the Apostle Pete was able to traverse territory where even action photographers feared to tread. Ten years on, the F850GS and F850GS Adventure soldier on for BMW, and Moab is still in Utah. Whirled without end, amen.


2009 BMW F800GS Review – First Ride

The GS for the rest of us

By Pete Brissette Oct. 02, 2008
Photos by Pete Brissette
The U.S. had to wait a while, but the wait was worth it. BMW has finally delivered its newest tarmac and terra firma devouring machine, the 2009 F800GS, to American dealers. The U.S. press launch took place only yesterday in the other-worldly and out-of-this-world beautiful Utah desert near Moab, and Motorcycle.com was there!The deeply rich red-rock canyons and towering mesas carved from the mighty Colorado River, and surrounding rugged desert mountain areas, provided the perfect setting in which to sample this new bike that bares the revered GS badge. BMW’s venerable R1200GS (and GS Adventure) is recognizable the world over, perhaps because many a hardy soul have gone over the world on a GS. Those two letters, for riders or want-to-be-riders, instantly stir the imagination or even memories of transcontinental adventures on two wheels.

The 2009 BMW F800GS is in its element.
<img title="A moderately retuned and redesigned 800cc mill from BMW's F800S and ST powers the all-new F800GS. This engine is an ideal platform for a variety of types of riding and riding terrain." src="https://www.motorcycle.com/images/content/Review/08_oct_bmw_f800_02.jpg" alt="A moderately retuned and redesigned 800cc mill from BMW's F800S and ST powers the all-new F800GS. This engine is an ideal platform for a variety …read more

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