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BMW F700GS and 2013 BMW F800 GS, the latest generation German Trail
BMW F700GS and 2013 BMW F800 GS, the latest generation German Trail

BMW has just presented what will be its half-displacement models in the Trail segment for 2013, we are talking about the BMW F700GS and BMW F800GS in its 2013 editions. Well, the 2013 edition is actually the 800, because the 700 is a model that we could consider new and that comes to replace the old BMW F650GS. The most purists already said of that model that it was neither 650 cc nor GS, so at BMW they have got down to work and have prepared its replacement, the new BMW F700GS, which still does not cubed what its sticker says, but we could say that it is a little more GS than the previous one.

Focusing on the motorcycles that are presented, and taking into account what they tell us from BMW, we can say that while the new BMW F800GS combines the qualities of a road bike with country qualities, the new one BMW F700GS has been conceived for bikers who prefer a motorcycle that does not appear to be so "jacket" like his sister. In addition, it also has a lower seat height, which makes it more accessible to everyone. And there is also one more motorcycle for daily use.

Well-matched mechanics and electronics

BMW F700GS and BMW F800 GS 2013

Both bikes continue to use the well-known 798cc parallel twin engine. Although the BMW F700GS has been suitably tamed so that it offers 75 CV at 7,300 rpm. In the BMW F800 GS it offers 85 hp at 7,500 rpm with the same displacement. The cylinder head is four-valve with double overhead camshafts and has an extra connecting rod that acts as a balancing shaft to avoid annoying vibrations. The feeding is entrusted to an electronic injection with BMS-KP management and the exhaust has a three-way catalytic converter.

As a curiosity, the two versions of the engine now need to run on 95 octane gasoline, but you can buy a different mapping that allows the use of gasoline with only 91 octane. A detail to keep in mind if you want to travel with any of these motorcycles in countries that do not have high-octane gasoline. Another detail of the engine is that a power limiter can be installed so that the motorcycle can be driven by those who have the A2 license, remaining at 35 kW (48 hp) at 7,000 rpm.

All-purpose chassis and brakes with electronically adjustable suspensions

BMW F700GS and BMW F800 GS 2013

The first and following the new 360º Safety policy, both models will have an ABS system as standard that can be disconnected whenever you want. It has also been installed double front brake disc on both bikes, now being 300 mm in diameter and double piston with floating calipers. Behind we find a 265mm disc with a single piston caliper. It is emphasized that the handlebar brake fluid reservoir has been re-designed to better match the line of the bike.

The chassis is still the multi-tubular steel that we knew and that uses the engine as a self-supporting structural part. The rear sub-chassis, which is still made with rectangular section tubes, has not been changed either. The steering tube is fixed to steel sheets and the swingarm is made of cast aluminum in a shell.

The suspensions are electronically adjustable if the ESA system is purchased which is optional and installed at the factory. This system controls the extension of the shock absorber electronically, although the manual spring pre-load control is preserved. The available options are Comfort, Normal and Sport, and the selection is made from the handlebar by means of a button that controls an electric stepper motor installed next to the shock absorber. You can also choose to factory install an ASC traction control system.

Latest generation electronics

BMW F700GS and BMW F800 GS 2013

Another novel part of these BMW F700Gs and BMW F800Gs is that they use a CAN-Bus system to connect all the electronic elements of the motorcycle to each other. This greatly simplifies the installation and even eliminates some fuses, since the system itself is capable of isolating and disconnecting any system that fails. This technology also allows that in addition to the electronic immobilizer, the motorcycle does not move if a conveniently coded key is not used. Since in the handlebar lock there is an annular antenna that "reads" the key chip and recognizes it as its own or not. According to BMW, this system is the ultimate in protection of the motorcycle from friends of others.

Newer and smaller controls

BMW F700GS and BMW F800 GS 2013

Thanks to the MID technology (Molded Inteconnect Design) the controls are now much smaller, since they do not use cables but transmission lines printed on the plastic when the switch is manufactured. This represents a revolution at BMW along with the unification of the indicator control in a single button instead of the two typical buttons of the German brand.

The dashboard has two vertically positioned gauges for the speedometer and the rev counter as well as a display that has been thoroughly revised to provide all the information without problems. Now counting on the temperature of the coolant and the contents of the tank without the need to add the on-board computer pack.

Slimmer body and design

BMW F700GS and BMW F800 GS 2013

The design of the bodies of the BMW F700GS and BMW F800Gs make the line much slimmer and allow better handling whether on asphalt or off-road. But above all, the image is of enduro motorcycles and for that, elements finished in color such as the bodywork and elements finished in black such as the chassis and the engine have been combined. The “duckbill” so characteristic of the GS family has also been re-designed to offer better protection against splashes. To contribute to this more restrained design, the indicators and the taillight now come in smoked plastic, which makes them less noticeable in the whole of the bike.

Perhaps one of the biggest problems these motorcycles have is that when using long-travel suspensions the seat is usually very high for the common of the mortals. Now you can buy a lowered seat for both models that makes it go from 880 mm in the normal version to 820 mm in the lowered version (820mm / 790mm in the BMW F700GS). Finally, the range of accessories availableAs good BMWs that are, it is very long going through the security and traction control systems, through aesthetic elements such as LED indicators or the well-known suitcases to increase the transport capacity of our motorcycle to unthinkable limits.

BMW F700GS and BMW F800 GS 2013

The available colors are; for the BMW F700GS Oyster gray metallic, Apple red metallic and Glacier silver metallic. For the BMW F800GS we can choose between the color Kalamata matt metallic, Córdoba blue and Alpina white series 3.

Summary of differences most important techniques:

|BMW F 800 GS|BMW F 700 GS| | 63 kW / 85 hp | 55 kW / 75 hp | | Inverted fork | Conventional fork | | WAD telescopic upright | Pneumatic upright | | Cross spoke wheels | Cast iron wheels | | 21-inch front rim | 19-inch front rim | | Aluminum conical handlebar | Steel handlebar | | 880/850 mm seat height | 820/790 mm seat height | | Curb weight: 214 kg | Curb weight: 209 kg |

Data Sheet BMW F800GS / BMW F700GS


  • Type: Liquid-cooled four-stroke inline twin-cylinder engine
  • Displacement: 798 cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 82x75.6mm
  • Power: 63 kW / 85 hp, 55 kW / 75 hp
  • Engine torque: 83/77 Nm
  • Compression / Fuel: 12 to 1 Unleaded (95 ROZ)
  • DOHC cylinder head with rocker arms
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Intake / exhaust diameter: 32/27, 5 mm
  • Butterfly Diameter: 46mm
  • Electronic injection, intake pipe, BMS-KP engine management
  • Regulated catalyst, three-way

Electric system

  • Alternator: 400 W
  • Battery: 12/14 V / Ah
  • Headlights: High / low beam: 12V / 55W, halogen
  • Taillight: LED taillight and brake
  • Starter motor: 0.9 kW


  • Multi-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically actuated
  • Six speed gearbox
  • Final chain drive
  • Ratio: 2.625 / 2.471


  • Frame: Self-supporting motor steel multitubular
  • Front axle: Inverted telescopic fork, 43mm diameter tubes * Telescopic fork, 41mm diameter
  • Rear axle: Two-arm swingarm; One-piece chilled cast aluminum
  • Damping travel: 230/215 / 180/170 mm
  • Advance: 117/95 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1578/1562 mm
  • Steer Axle Angle: 64º
  • Front brake: 300mm diameter double disc, two-piston floating calipers
  • Rear brake: 265mm diameter disc, single piston floating caliper
  • ABS: BMW Motorrad ABS as standard, can be switched off
  • Rims: Cross spoke rims / Cast aluminum rims
  • Front: 2, 15 x 21 inches / 2, 50 x 19 inches
  • Back: 4.25 x 17 inches / 3.5 x 17 inches
  • Front tire: 90/90 R21 / 110/80 R19
  • Rear tire: 150/70 R17 / 140/80 R17

Dimensions and weights

  • Total length: 2,320 / 2,280 mm
  • Overall width with / without mirrors: 920/890 / 880/855 mm
  • Seat height (without driver): 880 mm (option 850) / 820 mm (option 790)
  • DIN weight in running order: 214/209 kg
  • Maximum total weight: 444/436 kg
  • Tank capacity: 16 liters


  • Consumption 90 km / h: 3, 8/3, 9 liters
  • Consumption 120 km / h: 5, 2/5, 1 liters
  • Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 4, 1/4, 3 seconds
  • Maximum speed: +200 / 192 km / h

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