BMW F 800 S / ST (2006-2012) Simplified Maintenance Schedule

This is the simplified maintenance schedule for the BMW F 800 S and ST sport / sport touring middleweight motorcycles made between 2006 and 2012, though the S was discontinued earlier.

The BMW F 800 S and F 800 ST are similar apart from external cosmetic differences. They share an underlying framework and even user manuals.

The core of the BMW F 800 S and ST is a 798 cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine with four valves per cylinder and dual overhead camshafts. It makes peak power of 62.5 kW / 85 hp at 8000 rpm, and peak torque of 86 Nm / 63 lb-ft at 5800 rpm. It’s a similar platform to that of the F 800 GS of the day.

Unconventionally for middleweight bikes, the BMW F 800 S and ST both have a toothed belt final drive for low maintenance on long trips.

There’s a lot that makes the BMW F 800 S and F 800 ST interesting — see the “about” section below.

BMW discontinued the F 800 S model gradually between 2007 and 2010 in various markets. BMW eventually superseded the BMW F 800 ST with the BMW F 800 GT, a more touring-oriented motorcycle.

This post was originally published Sep 30, 2022, but has since been significantly revised.

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BMW F 800 S / ST Service Intervals

The BMW F 800 S / ST has 10000 km / 6000 mile service intervals at which point you should change the oil and filter and do a series of checks. BMW also mandates an annual oil change, regardless of how far you travelled.

Check the valve clearances every two services (every 20000 km / 12000 miles).

Like many BMW motorcycles, BMW also specifies an annual service for the F 800 S / ST in which you have to do a bunch of checks for leaks, lubrication, and general condition.

As the BMW F 800 ST and F 800 S has a belt final drive, make sure you check its condition and ensure that it’s under the correct tension.

BMW F 800 S / ST Maintenance Schedule

Below is the full maintenance schedule of the BMW F 800 S / ST.

It’s adapted from the manual (see screenshots below). But we simplified it by breaking it into two parts and shortening the schedule, as it’s repetitive.

F 800 S / ST Standard Annual Service

Below is the standard annual service for the BMW F 800 ST and F 800 S. Do this according to the schedule below. It’s a list of things to check.

Items marked [D] need specialist dealer tools.

F 800 S / ST Standard Annual Service
[D] Performing vehicle test with BMW Motorrad diagnostic system
Check coolant level
* Note: Also recommended to check coolant corrosion inhibitors with a test strip from any auto parts store. Change if necessary.
Check/adjust clutch play
Check freedom of movement of throttle cable and Check for kinks and chafing
Check front and rear brake discs for wear
Check front and rear brake pads for wear
Check front and rear brake fluid level
Check rear wheel drive bearing
Visually inspect the brake pipes, brake hoses and connections
Check toothed belt for cracks / damage
Check belt tension, adjust if necessary
Check steering-head bearing
Check ease of movement / lubrication of side stand
Check tire pressures and tread depth
Check torque of threaded fasteners with torque wrench:
* Main frame bolts
* Front footrest plate fasteners
* Exhaust manifold
* Eccentric clamp
Check lights and signalling equipment
Check engine start suppression (clutch, kickstand, gear, kill switch)
Final inspection and check of roadworthiness
Check battery charge state
[D] Confirm BMW Service in on-board documentation
F 800 S / ST Standard Annual Service

F800 S / ST Maintenance Schedule

Below is the full maintenance schedule for the F 800 S / ST, including oil changes and valve clearance checks.


  • Keep following this schedule in the pattern shown, repeating every 6000 miles / 10000 km or every year.
  • Follow the earlier of the distance-based or time-based interval. For example, change engine oil every year or 6000 miles / 10000 km, as necessary.
mi x 10006121824
km x 100010203040Every
Perform full standard annual service (see above)Year
Change engine oilYear
Change oil filterYear
Change brake fluid in entire system2 years
Check / adjust valve clearances
Replace spark plugs
Replace air filter
Replace toothed belt and judder damper
Change coolant (BMW Coolant)4 years
BMW F 800 S / ST maintenance schedule

Note that the manual doesn’t specify changing the coolant, but the service manual does.

About the BMW F 800 S and F 800 ST

BMW F 800 ST Grey LHS
BMW F 800 ST – Grey

The BMW F 800 ST and F 800 S are quite unique motorcycles with very few direct parallels because of their features.

Yes, at their core, they’re both middleweight comfortable sporty motorcycles. They have that unique BMW characteristic of being “zippy” without being frenetic, comfortable, and very reliable.

The BMW F 800 S and BMW F 800 ST are quite similar in technical spec. They’re both based on the same 798 cc parallel twin engine tuned for both midrange torque and a bit of top-end push. The engine has the same tune in both motorcycles.

Both bikes also have a belt final drive.

Here are a few things that are unique about the BMW F 800 S and ST.

  • Belt final drive. Most middleweight bikes have chain final drives. In the past a few had shafts, bikes like the Yamaha Diversion 900. But belts are very rare other than on big-bore cruisers.
  • Single sided swing-arm. That attractive exposed rear wheel is somewhat rare on middleweight bikes, other than a few like the contemporary Ducati Monster S2R1000.
  • 360-degree crankshaft. BMW implemented this for a sound and feel similar to the boxer engine. They also did it to ensure balance and smoothness, while optimising for “high torque” (but you can say that about any engine configuration).

The F 800 GS was actually the first BMW to be powered by the Rotax-developed parallel twin that was used in a number of subsequent bikes, including the F 800 GS and even the F 650 GS (same engine, but lower power).

BMW also uses a system of a balance conrod and balance arm moving in the opposite direction to the engine’s conrods to almost totally eliminate first and second-order mass for a very vibe-free ride.

Here’s how the F 800 S and F 800 ST differ. It’s mostly in external aspects.

PartF 800 SF 800 ST
FairingShort / semiFull
HandlebarLow, shortHigh tubular
Rear featuresGrab handlesLuggage rack
Wheel design
(“BMW name”)
Turbine design
(“Speed wheels”)
Five dual spoke
(“Dynamic wheels”)
Front wheel coverBlackPainted
BMW F 800 S vs F 800 ST features

Since the BMW F 800 S and F 800 ST are mostly the same, their maintenance schedules are also the same.

The BMW F 800 ST outsold the F 800 S in every market, simply because the bikes were so similar but the F 800 ST offered so much more. As both bikes were intended to be “all rounders”, the fact that the ST comes with more protection and farkles just makes even MORE of an all-rounder. More “all”.

Riding the BMW F 800 ST is great, which is kind of shocking considering that this is BMW’s first parallel twin bike. The engine is perfect for what it does — lots of midrange, and enough top-end sparkle to keep things interesting.

Reference — Manual for the BMW F 800 ST

The above information comes from a variety of sources, including the manual for the BMW F 800 ST, service instructions from the service CD-ROM, and parts catalogues online.

You can download BMW manuals from BMW directly.

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