When BMW Motorrad extended the GS family with an entry-level and medium category in 2007 in the form of the F 650 GS and the F 800 GS, there was no doubt as to the message: lots of riding fun based on light, safe controllability over all surfaces, plenty of drive power and endurance on trips – even when there are only gravel tracks left to get you where you’re going. This has proven to be a concept in two versions which many motorcycling fans responded to enthusiastically.
BMW Motorrad now continues this chapter of the GS success story with the updated versions of these two successful Adventure models: the F 700 GS and F 800 GS. As always, BMW Motorrad has faced the challenge of taking something that is already good and making it even better, consistently focusing on building on the characteristic strengths of the GS in refining the concept.
The new F 800 GS combines suitability for road use and touring with superior off-road qualities, bringing the two worlds together to an extent not previously seen in this class of motorcycle. By contrast, the new F 700 GS is geared more towards motorcyclists who do not yet need quite the same level of off-road expertise. Its strengths are a lower seating height, all-round capabilities for everyday use and more than sufficient power while also offering outstanding economy.
Overview of new technical features:
•Automatic Stability Control ASC, switchable system (Factory option).
•Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA, rear shock damping only (Factory option).
•The latest generation of BMW Motorrad two-channel switchable ABS as standard.
•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.
•Comfort seat now available as a Factory option.
F 700 GS only (replaces F 650 GS)
•Increased output (+4hp) and torque in the F 700 GS as compared to predecessor model: 55 kW (75 hp) at 7,300 rpm (F 650 GS: 52 kW [71 hp] at 7,000 rpm).
•F 700 GS with Twin disc front brake system
•New paint finishes for the F 700 GS: •Red apple metallic
•Ostra grey metallic matt
•Glacier silver metallic
•New handlebar clamp
•Enduro footrests, wide (special accessory).
F 800 GS only (updated model)
•Lowered suspension for F 800 GS (ex works option/special accessory).
•LED auxiliary headlight for F 800 GS (special accessory).
•New paint finishes for the F 800 GS: •Kalamata metallic matt
•Alpine white 3
The main differentiating technical features at a glance:
BMW F 800 GS BMW F 700 GS
63 kW/85 hp 55 kW/75 hp
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
Weight, road ready, 214 kg Weight, road ready, 209 kg