But swing a leg over, and the F800R's instrumentation is a totally different deal: though there's nothing more than a small flyscreen to protect you from wind (not to mention an unsexy clear brake fluid reservoir that's mounted rather high), the dashboard is an information-rich display with an analog speedometer and tachometer, and an LCD section which offers everything from trip computer and fuel consumption information to gear position and outside temperature (down to a tenth of a degree!) My test bike featured options which enabled those extras, plus heated grips and ABS. One point of note: the black plastic strip that runs across the top of the fuel tank is easily scratched, making belt buckles and exposed zippers a no-no.
Climb onboard, and the F800R's riding posture is upright but sporty, with footpegs that are positioned relatively rearward and handlebars which require a slight tilt forward.
How does she ride?.