NGM Forward Racing has named veteran MotoGP racer Chris Vermeulen the substitute rider for the injured Colin Edwards at the May 20 French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Vermeulen will ride the team’s BMW-powered Suter Claiming Rule machine. Vermeulen raced four full seasons in MotoGP from 2006-2009, all with the Rizla Suzuki team. He has […]
2013 BMW F800GT Revealed in CARB and EPA Documents
Documents released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board confirm the existence of a new member of BMW‘s F800 lineup, the F800GT.
The 2013 BMW F800GT will likely be a more touring-oriented replacement for the F800ST (pictured above) which was conspicuously absent from the CARB document. The new model is likely the same bike that appeared in spy photos published in the U.K.’s MCN in January.
The F800GT will be powered by the same Rotax-produced engine as the F800R, F800GS and F700GS. According to the EPA’s documents, the 798cc parallel-twin engine produces 62.5 kW (83.8 hp) at 8000 rpm.
Beyond that, we expect a redesigned fairing offering better wind protection than the F800ST’s plastics. The windscreen will also likely be updated, and we’re hoping, adjustable. The GT will likely come standard with saddlebags, whereas the bags on the F800ST were optional.
Expect more details to emerge as we approach the 2012 Intermot show this October in Cologne, Germany, where the 2013 BMW F800GT is expected to debut alongside the upcoming R1200GS replacement.
[Source: EPA, CARB]