Mike Stevens | Jul 13, 2009

BMW MOTORRAD has announced today that the F 800 R - the naked version of the F 800 - will arrive in Australia in September to sit alongside fellow exhibitionists, the K 1300 R and the R 1200 R.

Powered by the same 798cc 4-valve parallel twin as its faired sibling, the F 800 R develops 64kW at 8000rpm and 86Nm of torque at 6000rpm.

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“We are ecstatic to be able to bring the F 800 R to market this year, which will certainly assist in continuing our strong sales position," Cameron Cuthill, General Manager of BMW Motorrad said.

“Gauging by the early interest in the F 800 R, this urban and sporting style of riding is sure to appeal not only to existing BMW customers but also to those that may not have considered a BMW before.”

The mass compensation of the parallel twin is implemented by a system which sees an additional swivel rod compensating the first order and second order mass forces, ensuring that the two cylinder engine runs with an unusually low level of vibration, which BMW says delivers superior comfort for the rider.

The lack of fairings drops the F 800 R's dry weight to 182kg, or 204kg fuelled. The chassis, with its double-sided rear-wheel swing-arm has also been specially adapted to suit the dynamics of a naked bike.

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The F 800 R can be optioned with switchable ABS, which features a newly developed pressure sensor for improved regulation of the braking system.

The new F 800 R is available initially in three colour ways: a two-colour finish in Alpine White non-metallic with Black Silk gloss, Fire Orange non-metallic, and White Aluminium metallic.

Official retail pricing will be released closer to launch, with initial pricing expectations in the vicinity of $14,000.

Click here to read TMR's review of the BMW F 800 ST.

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