This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the BMW F 800 GT, BMW’s middleweight sport touring motorcycle, made from model years 2013 through to 2019.
The BMW F 800 GT was first announced in 2012 for the 2013 model year. It took over duties from the F 800 ST, which used the same basic engine.
The BMW F 800 GT is powered by a 798cc four-valve-per-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC parallel twin engine that makes 66 kW (90 bhp) at 8,000 rpm. It puts power down via a six-speed transmission and a belt drive that BMW calls “maintenance free”. The engine is similar to that in the BMW F 800 GS, although in a different state of tune.
From the 2017 model year, BMW updated the F 800 GT for EURO 4 emissions compliance, adding a number of things including a ride by wire throttle. The engine and all basics stayed the same — it’s just without a throttle cable to lube, so the maintenance schedule is basically identical (apart from the throttle cable).
BMW ended production of the F 800 GT after the 2019 model year. In 2020, they released the F 900 XR, which took over “sport touring” duties in a more up-to-date sense.
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What you need to service the BMW F 800 GT
The parts needed to service the BMW F 800 GT have remained the same across the years, as the engine wasn’t updated significantly from a maintenance perspective.
|Part||BMW F 800 GT part spec|
|Oil||BMW recommends using BMW Advantec Pro 15W-50, their own brand, but you can use other 15W-50 synthetic oils of high quality (API SJ/JASO MA2 spec).|
|Oil filter||The standard oil filter is BMW part 11 42 8 409 567, which is equivalent to Hiflofiltro HF160RC.|
|Air filter||BMW part number 13 71 8 529 998, which is equivalent to Hiflofiltro HFA7913.|
|Spark plug||The standard spark plug is an NGK DCPR8E per the manual. BMW part number is 12 12 7 690 603.|
|Brake fluid||Use DOT 4 brake fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4, or you can get BMW part number 83 13 2 445 461 for the official stuff|
|Brake pads||Part numbers for the brake pads are 34 11 7 705 216 for the front brake pads (you need 2 pairs) and 34 21 7 722 884 for the rear.|
|Cable lubricant||Use Protect all cable life to lubricate moving cables (not necessary if you have throttle by wire)|
|General grease||Use a lithium soap-based grease for external pivot points like the kickstand etc.|
Maintenance schedule for the BMW F 800 GT
Below is the maintenance schedule for the BMW F 800 GS. It has been adapted to be a little easier to read and to fit this screen.
|km x 1000||0.5-1.2||10||20||30||40||50||60||70||80||90||100|
|mi x 1000||0.3-0.75||6||12||18||24||30||36||42||48||54||60||Every|
|BMW running-in check (including oil change)||X|
|Standard BMW service (see below)||Year|
|Engine oil change with filter||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||Year (a)|
|Check valve clearance||X||X||X||X||X|
|Replace all spark plugs||X||X||X|
|Replace air cleaner insert||X||X||X||X||X|
|Check or replace the air filter element||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||Year (b)|
|Telescopic fork oil change||X||X||X|
|Change brake fluid in entire system||Year (b)|
- a Annually or every 10,000 km (6,000 mi), whichever comes first
- b when used off road, annually or every 10,000 km (6,000 mi), whichever comes first
Standard BMW Service — BMW F 800 GT
The standard 10,000 km (6,000 mile) service list of items is below.
The list of items changed order in trivial ways between the manuals for different years of the F 800 GT (e.g. splitting out brake discs and brake pads, or including them in the same line), but is basically the same things.
- [D] means items that a dealer does (if you’re a dealer, then do these!)
- [CT] is for models with a cable throttle, before the Ride by Wire update in 2016 (for the 2017-2019 model years). Other maintenance items are 100% identical.
|Standard scope of service — BMW F 800 GS|
|[D] Performing the brief test using the BMW Motorrad diagnostic system|
|Check coolant level|
|Check/adjust clutch play|
|[CT] Check accelerator Bowden cable for ease of movement, chafing and kinks, and play — only 2013-2016 models which had an accelerator cable|
|Check the front/rear brake fluid level|
|Check the front/rear brake discs for wear|
|Check the front/rear brake pads for wear|
|Visually inspect the brake lines, brake hoses, and connections|
|Check tension of spokes and tighten as needed|
|Check the tire pressure and tread depth|
|Check the toothed belt(s)|
|Check the belt tension (adjust if necessary)|
|Check the steering-head bearing|
|Check side stand for ease of movement|
|Check centre stand for ease of movement (when fitted)|
|Check the rear mainframe screw connection for nominal torque|
|Check the screw connection of the rider’s footrest plates on the left andr ight hand side for nbominal torque.|
|Check the eccentric clamp for nominal torque.|
|Check the lighting and signal system|
|Check the engine start suppression works|
|Final inspection and road safety check|
|[D] Set the service date and remaining distance to service|
|Check charging state of battery|
|[D] Record the BMW service in the vehicle literature|
About the BMW F 800 GT
The BMW F 800 GT is BMW’s mid-range sport touring motorcycle.
It was meant to be the smaller sibling of BMW’s bigger inline six-cylinder motorcycles, like the K 1600 GT. With one third of the cylinders, it’s definitely a smaller sibling!
The F 800 GT inherits the basic engine from the F 800 ST before it, but gave it a power bump, a redesigned fairing with more protection, better support for a pillion and luggage, standard ABS, and a more comfortable riding position.
The nice thing about the F 800 GT is that even though it’s a lower-end bike, it has a lot of features only found in higher-end motorcycles. The paint is immaculate, and that exposes rear wheel on the side of the single-sided swing-arm is gorgeous to look at.
The engine is capable of doing anything, even though it is unlikely to light you on fire. It’s a 798cc DOHC liquid-cooled parallel twin that makes 66 kW (90 hp) in base trim — and this is a bike that most owners won’t have thrown an aftermarket unit onto. BMW owners tend not to thrash (or crash) their bikes, which makes the used market unusually rich with high-mileage options.
The BMW F 800 GT’s engine thrums with a 360-degree crank, which means the pistons always move up and down together. BMW will state that the intention is to create character similar to the bigger boxer twins, and to enhance low-end torque, etc. etc. but it is just a design option.
It does give it unique character though, as other middleweight twins in the market tend to have 180-degree or 270-degree offsets.
BMW uses counter-balancers to ensure the engine is smooth all through the rev range.
In 2017, BMW updated the F 800 GT (and other parallel twin engines like the F 800 GS) to add ride by wire and two switchable power modes, with an optional “dynamic” mode as extra. Many fitted this extra.
Another option on the GT is ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) and ASC (Automatic Stability Control), which is BMW speak for traction control. These were both frequently fitted. Other options (also frequently fitted) were heated grips and a centre stand, though the sports silencer option is more less frequently seen.
The BMW F 800 GT’s manual specifies the following tire sizes and pressures.
|Wheel||Tyre size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70 ZR 17||36 psi (2.5 bar)|
|Rear||180/55 ZR 17||42 psi (2.9 bar)|
Manual for the BMW F 800 GT
The maintenance schedule for the BMW F 800 GT came from the user’s manual for models from between 2013 and 2017. Some screenshots are above. We used a few from different years and compared them to make sure they were the same.
You can download the user manuals directly from BMW’s website here.