Name: Vivienne Lodge
From: Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire
Occupation: Retired Driving Instructor
Owned bike for: Two years
Tell us about it: “I only started riding five years ago, at the grand old age of 50, following encouragement from my ‘biker brother’ and have since gone on to do my Advanced Motorcycle Certificate with the IAM. I started on a Honda CBR125 and my first bike big was a Triumph Street Triple. I swapped to my BMW in March 2012 as I liked the idea of the lower suspension, which helps as at 5ft 2”I am only a titch. I also found that I got battered by wind and the fairing on the F800ST helps protect me. Since I got the BMW, I’ve used it for Blood Bikes and for weekends away, although I mainly like to go out to local haunts – Kirkby Lonsdale being one of my favourites.”
Power: 84.5bhp (62.5kW) @ 8000 rpm
Torque: 63.4lb-ft (86Nm) @ 5800rpm
Curb weight: 204kg
Seat height: 760mm with lowered suspension (usually 820mm)
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