Since 2007, the F 650 GS and F 800 GS have provided light and controllable enduro machines. Throughout the years, the models have remained relatively unchanged.
But 2012 will be different; BMW Motorrad has updated its entry and mid-level GS enduro models for 2013, the 650 growing to the F 700 GS that provides four additional horsepower over the 650 GS (75 hp vs. 71 hp).
The new F 700 GS was designed for the motorcyclist who doesn't have the same level of off-road skill needed to pilot the F 800 GS. The F 700 GS features a lower seat height, all-around capabilities for everyday use and improved economy. The new F 800 GS provides for the rider who seeks superior off-road qualities
In accordance with the "Safety 360°" principle, the 2013 F 700 GS and F 800 GS both feature BMW Motorrad ABS as standard. They also feature other safety-related innovations within their respective classes such as the optional ASC (Automatic Stability Control) and the optional ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment).
Here are details of the new GS machines, according to Ultimate MotorCycling:
The well-proven parallel twin - now with increased output and torque for the new F 700 GS
Both the F 700 GS and the F 800 GS are powered by the distinctive, liquid-cooled 4-valve 2-cylinder engine with 798 cc, electronic fuel injection, closed-loop catalytic converter and 6-speed gearbox. Another unique feature is the mass balance, based on an additional connecting rod. This compensates for first and second-order inertia, and ensures a low level of vibration.
In the F 800 GS, the power unit delivers 85 hp at 7,500 rpm. As compared to its predecessor, the new F 700 GS benefits from a boost in terms of output and torque. With 75 hp at 7,300 rpm (F 650 GS: 71 hp at 7,000 rpm), its engine now delivers 4 hp more power and sees an increase in maximum torque.
The F 700 GS and F 800 GS draw on established suspension technology. The steel frame in tubular construction uses the engine as a load-bearing element. The rear frame in square steel tubing, the aluminium double-sided swing arm and the wheels and tyres remain unchanged.
Like the F 800 GS, the new F 700 GS is now fitted with a double disc brake on the front wheel. What is more, the two new GS models are fitted as standard with a new generation of the BMW Motorrad two-channel ABS for the first time.
Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA
The Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA is a new feature available as an option ex works. It allows the rider to set the rebound stage damping of the rear spring strut at the press of a button on the handlebars, with the settings "Comfort," "Normal," or "Sport" available.
Automatic Stability Control ASC
BMW Motorrad ASC (Automatic Stability Control) is likewise a newly available ex works option which is also unique in the market segment of the new F 700 GS and F 800 GS. This BMW Motorrad traction control system prevents unwanted spinning of the rear wheel while accelerating.
New switch units
The new F 700 GS and F 800 GS each feature the latest generation of BMW Motorrad switch units. These are more compact in design and offer improved ergonomics.
Cockpit with new dial faces and an extended range of information
The analog speedometer and engine speed display are arranged vertically, si ut';s easier to compare road speed and engine speed. The information display already includes fuel level and coolant temperature as standard.
Smoke grey turn indicator glasses and smoke grey glass covering on the LED rear light
The increased dynamic performance and even more harmonious appearance of the new F 700 GS and F 800 GS are reflected in the new smoke grey glasses for the turn indicators and a smoke grey glass covering on the LED rear light.
New body features, distinctive model-specific design and new paint finishes
The new BMW F 700 GS and F 800 GS have been upgraded. The main revised areas are the new side trim sections, which are now more striking. The packages are rounded off with new paint finishes.
Lowered suspension now also available for the new F 800 GS
In response to popular demand among existing F 800 GS customers for a reduction in seating height, BMW Motorrad now offers a lowered suspension in conjunction with a lower seat as an ex works option and as a special accessory. —Paul DucheneBack to News