Here is review I did back of April of 2013:
"I was able to take a new F800GT for a test ride today. My interest was peaked when I spotted one in a recent thread here regarding touring bikes. Today my RT was in the shop receiving some farkle, so given the choice I jumped all over this vs. testing the new water cooled GS1200.
Here are some of my impressions and feedback regarding the F800GT. For starters it's a near 90 hp opposed twin, with belt drive and a 4 gallon gas tank. Full Wet weight is 470 lbs, but it feels much lighter. It came with heated grips, a 6 speed transmission and ESA and retails at an unbelievable $13,000 as equipped. I thought it should be priced closer to $11,000. But sans the high price tag, I just can't hold back I like this bike! Nope better than my RT yet, but I do love this bike! I had test ridden a 2006 F800ST which this replaces as of 2013. I thought the original version was down on power, with what seemed like 5-10 horsepower less on the ST. During the ride on a FT back in 2006, stock exhaust burned the heel of my boot pretty bad, which was a deal breaker in considering the F800ST.
Well both problems have been fixed on the GT version. The increased power feels adequate. BMW has added a heal guard to the exhaust which is a welcomed and necessary addition. You rarely need to down shift as the power really never gets sluggish. The bike handles well for how long it is and it flicks side-to-side effortlessly. The bikes sings as you feel a slight vibration, nothing that is uncomfortable, but rather comforting to the point it makes the bike feel alive.
The brakes are some of the best I've felt in my life as well. The F800GT is a joy to ride and I became comfortable on it immediately. The ESA was somewhat of surprised me, it had the typical: Comfort, Normal and Sport Modes, but on this bike Comfort mode felt more like Normal, with Normal feeling more like Sport Mode and as such Sport Mode was surprisingly stiff. I rode around in Comfort Mode for most of the day and never wanted for anything frimer. It was fairly comfortable and compliant. The bike wants to go, it can swing in the triple digits with little to no effort. This bike feel significantly more powerful than the previous 800cc motor as mention, but worth mentioning again.
I really dig the white as a color option, however, I couldn't leave well enough alone, I'd be tempted to add blue & red motorsports graphics to make this plain Jane pop if it were mine. Wind protection is fair to good but wish it had a movable screen. It's a gas sipper claiming 55 mph gallon. I did a 70 mile loop and filled her back-up for $5.02. Impressive.
I don't care for the gauges, they seem piddily and plain compared to the rest of the bike.
An electronic windshield would've taken this bike from great to an excellent bike."
As I mentioned previously, I love this bike, if my Wife was the type (she's not
) to tell me I could only have one bike, this would be it. You can tour on it, rail up Highway 9 on it and the up-right seating makes you feel like you're ridding a luxurious motar, of sorts. This bike is not for everyone though, it's has a short reach to the pedals but should fit anyone in the range of 5' 4 to 5' 10. I would not recommend this bike for 2 up ridding, it's just not "that" bike. However, I'd be right at home touring the GT anywhere in California and feel it's capable of doing 400 mile days in relative comfort.
Let me know if you have any questions,