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Author: Emily-Jane Brain

While the new F 800 GS has been designed to combine suitability for road-based riding with extensive off-road capabilities previously unseen in this class of motorcycle, the F 700 GS (set to replace the 650) is geared towards ABRs who aren’t looking for a hardcore off-road machine. Instead it offers a lower seating height, all-round capabilities for everyday use, ‘outstanding economy’ and an increase in both power and torque on the F 650 GS as well as second brake disc at the front.

BMW Motorrad’s new ‘Safety 360º’ initiative means that all BMW motorcycles from the model year 2013 onwards will come with ABS as standard, so both the 2013 F 700 GS and F 800 GS will feature this, significantly pre-empting the requirement for ABS for new registered motorcycles in Europe which is likely to be introduced in 2016.

The provisional launch date for the BMW F 700 GS and F 800 GS is September 2012. Prices TBA


The F 700 GS and F 800 GS at a glance:

• The latest generation of BMW Motorrad two-channel ABS as standard

• Double disc brake system at front

• Automatic Stability Control ASC (factory fit option)

• Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA (factory fit option). ESA on the F-series models features electronically adjustable rebound

• Rear spring mount can be adjusted via optimised handwheel

• Newly designed body features in a more dynamic, masculine look

• New handlebar switch units and brake fluid containers, front

• Cockpit with new dial faces for speedometer and engine speed display and an extended range of information

• Smoke grey turn indicators and smoke grey LED rear light glass covering

• Power reduction to 35 kW (48 bhp) (factory fit option).

• Engine map adjustment for regular fuel (RON 91) (factory fit option)

• Comfort seat (factory fit option)

• Case carrier for Vario case (factory fit option)

• New centre stand (factory fit option)

• Enduro footrests, wide (special accessory)


Technical highlights of the F 700 GS:

• Increased output and torque as compared to predecessor model: 75bhp (55 kW) at 7,300 rpm (F 650 GS: 71bhp (52 kW) at 7,000 rpm).

• New paint finishes: Red apple metallic, Ostra grey metallic matt and Glacier silver metallic

• New windshield

• New handlebar clamp


Technical highlights of the F 800 GS:

• New paint finishes: Kalamata metallic matt, Cordoba blue and Alpine white 3

• New lowered suspension (factory fit option)

• LED auxiliary headlight (special accessory)


The main differentiating technical features at a glance:


BMW F 800 GS BMW F 700 GS

85 bhp / 63 kW                                                            75 bhp/55 kW

USD telescopic fork                                                       Conventional telescopic fork

Progressive damping spring strut                                     Gas pressure spring strut

Spoke wheels                                                              Cast wheels

21-inch front wheel                                                      19-inch front wheel

Aluminium handlebar                                                     Steel handlebar

880/850 mm seat height                                              820/790 mm seat height



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