2013 BMW F 700 GS & F 800 GS | Intro

Another post to add to our post from yesterday about the new 2013 GS BMW Family.
So, why are the “new & improved” GS bikes not making HUGE impression on us?  Just disappointed that BMW did not take advantage of the opportunity to smash this bike out of the park.  Does that mean we would not buy one? Nope…just expressing our opinions.  What do you, the readers think?
Tom Wera
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BMW introduced the GS bikes in 2008.  While we still love this design and model we were both surprised to see the “re-model” so conservative.  One of the biggest complaints about this bike has always been that plank seat, requiring many of the owners to modify the seat to make it more comfortable for street touring.  We have a Renazco seat on both our Beemers and it is much better than the OEM, but not nearly as comfortable as the Triumph Tiger 800XC Triumph gel seats. That seat on the Triumph’s we rode back in the summer of 2011 rocked and we never ever spoke about our butts while riding for 44 days and almost 15,000 KM’s.
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I am also wondering why BMW labels the new 700GS as a female bike?  In this day and age a bike is a bike.  Any to imply that a 800CC, 75 hp bike may not be powerful enough for a guy is not a good thing.  WE own the detuned 800 engine and it has more than enough power for any level rider.  So, if I were BMW I would simply say that the 800cc GS bikes are great for the beginner to the advance rider. 
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2013 BMW GS Motorcycles

Since 2007, the F 650 GS and F 800 GS have provided a light and controllable chassis for enduro riders. But throughout the years, the models have remained relatively unchanged.

But this all changes for 2012; BMW Motorrad has updated its entry and mid-level GS enduro models for 2013, the 650 growing to the more powerful 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, or the bigger R 1200 GS. The new F 700 GS features a lower seat height, all-around capabilities for everday use and excellent economy.

As for the new F 800 GS, it continues to provid that perfect package for the rider who seeks capable on-road touring with superior off-road qualities.

And in accordance with BMW’s new “Safety 360°” principle, the 2013 F700GS and F800GS both feature BMW Motorrad ABS as standard. 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).

Following are details of the new BMW GS machines, courtesy of BMW:

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 continue to draw their power from the distinctive, liquid-cooled 4-valve 2-cylinder engine with electronic fuel injection, closed-loop catalytic converter and a 6-speed gearbox. Both the 700 and 800 feature a 798cc powerplant.

The engine’s spontaneous response, impressive pulling power and low fuel consumption are what give it a particular fascination. Another unique feature in the 798 cc 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.

In the F 800 GS, the power unit still delivers 63 kW (85 hp) at 7,500 rpm, producing a maximum torque of 83 Nm at 5,750 rpm.

As compared to its predecessor, the new F 700 GS benefits from a boost in terms of output and torque. With 55 kW (75 hp) at 7,300 rpm (F 650 GS: 52 kW [71 hp] at 7,000 rpm), its engine now delivers 4 hp more power and with 77 Nm at 5,500 pm (F 650 GS: 75 Nm at 4,500 rpm).

The F 700 GS also sees an increase in maximum torque. In conjunction with a somewhat shorter overall gear ratio, the bike now offers even further enhanced engine performance and riding dynamics.

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 tires 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.

Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA

The Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA is a new feature in this motorcycle segment. Available as an option, ESA 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.

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, 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.

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, 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.

New body features, distinctive model-specific design and new paint finishes

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.

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.

Extensive expansion of the range of options and special accessories

As part of its model revision measures, BMW Motorrad has also significantly broadened the range of options and special accessories, thereby addressing the widely differing areas of use pursued by BMW GS customers.

2013 BMW F 700 GS & F 800 GS Overview of New Technical Features:

  • Increased output 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).
  • The latest generation of BMW Motorrad two-channel ABS as standard.
  • Double disc brake system at front – now also for F 700 GS.
  • Automatic Stability Control ASC (ex works option).
  • Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA (ex works option).
  • Rear spring mount can be adjusted via optimised handwheel.
  • Newly designed body features in a more dynamic, masculine look.
  • New paint finishes for the F 700 GS: Red apple metallic, Ostra grey metallic matt and Glacier silver metallic.
  • New paint finishes for the F 800 GS: Kalamata metallic matt, Cordoba blue and Alpine white 3.
  • New handlebar switch units and brake fluid containers, front.
  • New handlebar clamp for F 700 GS.
  • Cockpit with new dial faces for speedometer and engine speed display and an extended range of information.
  • New windshield for F 700 GS.
  • Smoke grey turn indicators and smoke grey LED rear light glass covering.
  • Lowered suspension for F 800 GS (ex works option/special accessory).
  • Power reduction to 35 kW (48 hp) (ex works option).
  • Engine map adjustment for regular fuel (RON 91) (ex works option).
  • Comfort seat now available as an ex works option too.
  • Case carrier for Vario case now also available as an ex works option.
  • New centre stand as ex works option.
  • Comfort package: on-board computer, heated grips, case holder, centre stand (ex works option).
  • Safety package for F 800 GS: ASC and ESA (ex works option).
  • Safety package for F 700 GS: ASC, ESA, RDC (ex works option).
  • LED auxiliary headlight for F 800 GS (special accessory).
  • Enduro footrests, wide (special accessory).

2013 BMW F 800 GS & F 700 GS Main Fifferentiating Technical Features:

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


  1. Don Plummer says:

    Kinda seems like their looking to take the mid-range ADV market by making bikes more accessible (lighter with a lower seat) and adding the cool techno goodies of the 12GS.
    Making “ADV” bikes more street biased seems to be a trend in the industry. Look what they did to the Strom 650.

  2. Hans says:

    Where does BMW labels the F700 as a woman’s motorcycle? I could not find such nonsense anywhere. I fully agree that there are no “female motorcycles”, because either short frames or lack of experience, as well as budgetary constraints, are not limited to males or females. Also, seasoned riders also enjoy lighter motorcycles once in a while, as is the case of one of my male cousins. He has a Ducati Monster (150 hp, no electronic nannies), an R1150GS BMW (traveled from Guatemala to Alaska and back with it) and a F650GS, used mostly for urban duties and short countriside rides. In his younger years, he roadraced and competed in rallyies, so he knows a thing or two about riding and enjoys his F650GS every time he rides it. So, labeling any motorcycle as specific for a gender is nonsensical (I am not using the expression that came to my mind out of respect)

    • advgrrls says:

      Trying see where I read the female rider thing. They always refer the de-tuned 800 as a intro and female bike but I will look. It’s a great all rounder and should be advertised as such.

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