BMW Motorrad the F 700 GS and F 800 GS. 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.
BMW Motorrad provides.BMW Motorrad ABS as standard in the new F 700 GS and F 800 GS. The new F 700 GS and F 800 GS also feature other safety-related innovations within their respective classes such as the optional ASC (Automatic Stability Control) and the likewise optional ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment).
Both the F 700 GS and the F 800 GS continue to draw their power from the distinctive, liquid-cooled 4-valve 2-cylinder engine with 798 cc, electronic fuel injection, closed-loop catalytic converter and 6-speed gearbox. Its spontaneous response, impressive pulling power and low fuel consumption are what give it a particular fascination. Another unique feature in serial production motorcycle manufacture is the mass balance based on an additional connecting rod. This compensates for first and second-order inertia forces, ensuring that the 2-cylinder runs with a low level of vibration. The new F 700 GS and F 800 GS draw on established suspension technology. The steel frame in tubular construction integrates 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 all 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.
The Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA is a new feature in this motorcycle segment. Available as an option ex works, it allows the rider to conveniently 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, thereby adapting the set-up to the needs of both route and riding style. The handwheel for setting the desired spring mount has been optimised for improved controllability.
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, which would result in the loss of lateral grip and thus break-out of the rear wheel. The welcome consequence – especially when the road surface offers reduced friction – is an increase in riding safety.
The analog speedometer and engine speed display are arranged vertically, their new dial faces ensuring further improved legibility of road speed and engine speed in the new F 700 GS and F 800 GS. What is more, the information display already includes fuel level and coolant temperature as standard.
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.
In terms of shaping, too, the new BMW F 700 GS and F 800 GS have been upgraded to create a clearer design more in keeping with model character. The main revised areas are the new side trim sections, which are now more striking and dynamic in styling and reflect the differing characters of the F 700 GS and F 800 GS even more authentically. The package of visual measures is rounded off with new paint finish concepts and inscriptions.