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Lurking somewhere deep inside the BMW F800GS adventure tourer is a genuine dirt bike yearning to escape. It just needs to shed some weight, gain a more aggressive power delivery and some tougher engine and frame protection. German accessories maker Wunderlich has set the 800 free by doing just that. This bike weighs 66 less pounds than the stocker, meaning it’s just under 400lbs (wet).

To achieve that weight loss, Wunderlich ditched the stock bodywork, replacing it with lightweight and tough plastic/kevlar items and knocked the whole stock tail section off. Our Gerglish is sadly lacking, but reading the press release, they’ve also done something about the underseat fuel tank, althought it’s not clear what. Judging by the pictures, it’s been repositioned lower and further forwards and possibly decreased in size. There’s also aggressive front bodywork that could have come off any enduro bike, including a set of extremely powerful Hella spotlights.

we’re actually kind of disappointed with the minimal engine protection, but the new bodywork does appear to shield the radiator, protecting it if the bike gets dropped. That’s a notorious week point on the standard bike. Basically, this is the bike BMW should have in its showrooms and the model, at least in our opinion, for what an serious adventure tourer should be: good off-road, but still capable of covering some reasonable highway distance in comfort.

Wunderlich has also done two takes on the BMW S1000RR, a fairly typical streetfighter, an a Ford GT40 replica. What’s with Germans always putting flat bars on sportsbikes?


  • pplassm

    Nice, but I who’s going to pay for that?

    I understand the next generation KLR650 will have the Versys enging. THAT could be something worth riding.

    • Johndo

      KLR with Versys engine sounds brilliant.

  • just_james

    Anyone notice they look a lot like the WordPress logo?

    • seanslides

      I think these guys hired the same designer that works over at Renard.

    • ollie1150

      they used part’s of a recent bike concept headlight whas from the gs1200 wr2.
      that designer moved on. After that there’s not much new around in wunderlich country.

    • ollie1150

      they have this type of logo now for many years and you only noticed it know??

  • seanslides

    After looking up their S1000s, I’m speechless. That faux-gulf oil liveried bike with the tall bars was awful. I’d go so far as to say that it would fit right in at hollywood bike night.

  • 2ndclasscitizen

    Anybody who rags on the litre-bike + high-bars combo is a fool.

  • AHA

    Great job on the F800GS. But quicker & cheaper to just buy a KTM?