BMW Motorrad has updated its F 800 R roadster for the year 2015 with an increase of power and the inclusion of a raft of safety features along with minor aesthetics upgrades to bring the motorcycle’s outlook closer to its stablemates.

The revised 798 cc in-line, two-cylinder engine now produces 90 hp at 8,000 rpm and 86 Nm of torque at 5,800 rpm – an increase of 3 hp with no changes in torque output. Further changes include the shortening of ratios for the first and second gear, allowing for livelier acceleration.

A new suspension setup in front consisting of an upside-down fork in place of a telescopic one is now featured. At the rear, a cast aluminium dual swing arm is available with the option to adjust the spring preload at the rear central spring strut via a hand wheel.


Front brakes are now a dual-disc – measuring in at 320 mm – setup with the four-piston calipers now being mounted radially to the fork bases. At the rear, a single 265 mm disc is clamped by a single-piston floating caliper. Added safety comes in the form of ABS, fitted here as standard.

Supplementary electronic aids are available as an option with Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) – the latter available for the first time in this class. ESA allows the rider to adjust compression of the damping of the rear spring strut on the move via a button.

Of all the changes to take place, a variant with a reduced power output is perhaps the least expected. Catered to riders who are relatively new, the BMW F 800 R is available to order with less power, only arriving with 48 hp to be exact.