This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the BMW F 800 GS Adventure (sometimes called the GSA by its loyal fans), BMW’s middleweight adventure motorcycle, made from model years 2013 through to 2018.
The BMW F 800 GS was first announced in 2007 for the 2008 model year, when it was introduced along with the new F 650 GS (with the same capacity detuned parallel twin motor, and other lower specs).
The F 800 GS Adventure was released some time later, in mid 2013. It’s powered by the same engine as in the base model F 800 GS — a 798cc four-valve-per-cylinder DOHC parallel twin engine that made 63 kW (71 hp) @ 7,000 rpm, and maximum torque of 75 Nm at 4,500 rpm, relatively low.
In 2016, BMW added ride by wire to both the base GS and GS Adventure, eliminating the throttle cable (which you previously had to keep lubed), but the maintenance schedule otherwise stayed the same.
In 2018, BMW updated this model, replacing the F 800 GS Adventure with the F 850 GS Adventure for the 2019 model year.
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What you need to service the BMW F 800 GS Adventure
Luckily, the parts needed to do a basic service on the BMW F 800 GS have remained the same across the years, as the engine wasn’t updated significantly from a maintenance perspective.
|Part||BMW F 800 GS Adventure 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).|
|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.|
|General grease||Use a lithium soap-based grease for external pivot points like the kickstand etc.|
Maintenance schedule for the BMW F 800 GS Adventure
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|
|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, then 2 years (c)|
- 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
- c First after one year, then every two years
Standard scope of service — BMW F 800 GS Adventure
The standard 10,000 km (6,000 mile) service list of items is below, referred to in the maintenance schedule as being the “Standard BMW service”.
- [D] means items that a dealer does.
- [CT] is for models with a cable throttle, before the Ride by Wire update in 2016. Other maintenance items are 100% identical.
|Standard scope of service — BMW F 800 GS Adventure|
|[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|
|Check the front/rear brake fluid level|
|Check the front/rear brake pads and brake discs 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 and lubricate the chain drive|
|Check side stand for ease of movement|
|Check centre stand for ease of movement (when fitted)|
|Check the lighting and signal system|
|Check the steering-head bearing|
|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] Confirm the BMW service in the vehicle literature|
About the BMW F 800 GS Adventure
The base model F 800 GS already had off-road adventure orientation — it had a 21 inch tyre and long-travel suspension.
BMW announced the F 800 GS Adventure in May 2013 as an all-new model, based on the existing F 800 GS.
But the F 800 GS Adventure built further upon this, by adding the following long-range features:
- Larger 24 litre fuel tank (50% larger), extending range by approximately 120 km/75 miles
- Standard ABS
- New, adventure-styled bodywork
- A larger windscreen
- Enduro footrests
- Reinforced rear subframe
- An adjustable, reinforced foot brake lever
- An engine protection bar
- Pannier rack which functions as a tank protection bar
BMW used the same 798cc dual overhead-cam liquid-cooled parallel twin for the F 800 GSA as in the F 800 GS. It’s a torque-forward 360-degree parallel twin that makes a peak of 63 kW (85 hp) @ 7,500 rpm, with toruqe peaking a little lower at 5,750 rpm.
An unusual characteristic of the F 800 GS’ parallel twin engine is the firing order. It has a 360 degree crank, which means one firing cycle for each crankshaft rotation. The pistons move up and down together. This means the sound is just like that of boxer engines (i.e. the bigger GSA brethren), which have the same firing offset.
However, unlike the bigger boxers, the F 800 GS and F 800 GSA don’t have that “kick over to the side” feeling you get when you crack the throttle.
The pistons moving together leads to some vibration, which is smoothed out using a balance shaft. Despite this, the F 800 GS is still a vibey-bike, but so are all BMW adventure bikes.
BMW claims the 360-degree crank gives the engine unique torque characteristics, but the later F 850 GS also has unique torque characteristics with its 270-degree crank.
As you’d expect from an adventure bike, the BMW F 800 GS Adventure has ample suspension travel. The front forks (which are conventional forks, not Telelever like on the R 1200 GS) give you 230mm of travel.
The first BMW F 800 GS Adventure uses the updated parallel twin that the F 800 GS received in 2013.
In 2017, BMW updated the engine again, adding ride by wire with ride modes. However, aside from lacking a throttle cable, there was no impact on the maintenance schedule.
After 2018, BMW retired the F 800 GS Adventure in favour of the F 850 GS Adventure.
Tyres on the BMW F 800 GS Adventure
The BMW F 800 GS Adventure ships standard with the following tyre sizes and pressures.
|Wheel||Tyre size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||90/90-21||2.2-2.5 bar (one-up to 2-up/with luggage)|
|Rear||150/70-17||2.5-2.9 bar (one-up to 2-up/with luggage)|
Manual for the BMW F 800 GS Adventure
The maintenance schedule for the BMW F 800 GS Adventure came from the user’s manual. We used a few from different years and compared them. You can see screenshots below.
You can download the user manuals directly from BMW’s website here.