BMW Motorrad has announced updates for model year 2013 to their GS parallel twin models with the new F700GS and F800GS. Like the previous F650GS and F800GS, the model designations are misleading since both are powered by a 798cc liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine. The F800GS makes the same 85 hp at 7,500 rpm and 63 ft-lb of torque at 5,750 rpm as before but the F700GS gets a slight bump in power to 75 hp (up 4) at 7,300 rpm and 57 ft-lb (up 2) of torque at 5,500 pm compared to the F650GS.
For the first time outside the US, both models come with ABS standard (a new generation of BMW’s two-channel ABS) and the F700GS gets double disc brakes for the first time. Electronic suspension adjustment (ESA) and automatic stability control (ASC) are now both available as factory installed options.
Visually, both models get updated side panels, paint colors and graphics with the F700GS also sporting a new windscreen. In the cockpit, there are new faces and arrangement to the instruments and both get BMW’s newest switchgear. The brake reservoir is updated slightly.
The range of accessories has been expanded with foremost the F800GS now being available optionally with a lowered suspension and lower seat.
More to come in the Fall 2012 BMW Motorcycle Magazine. For now, you can see all the photos in our BMW F800GS and F700GS (2013) Gallery and read BMW’s press release below.
From BMW Motorrad:
When BMW Motorrad extended the GS family with an entry-level and medium category in 2007 in the form of the F650GS and the F800GS, 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. 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 enduro models: the F700GS and F800GS. 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 F800GS 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 F700GS 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.
In accordance with the “Safety 360°” principle, BMW Motorrad provides BMW Motorrad ABS as standard in the new F700GS and F800GS. The new F700GS and F800GS 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).
The well-proven parallel twin — now with increased output and torque for the new F700GS.
Both the F700GS and the F800GS continue to draw their power from the distinctive, liquid-cooled 4-valve 2-cylinder engine with 798cc, 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.
In the F800GS, the power unit still delivers 63 kW (85 hp) at 7,500 rpm, producing a maximum torque of 83 Nm [63 ft-lb] at 5,750 rpm.
As compared to its predecessor, the new F700GS benefits from a boost in terms of output and torque. With 55 kW (75 hp) at 7,300 rpm (F650GS: 52 kW [71 hp] at 7,000 rpm), its engine now delivers 4 hp more power and with 77 Nm at 5,500 pm (F650GS: 75 Nm at 4,500 rpm) it 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.
F700GS now fitted with double disc brake. ABS now standard in both models based on the “Safety 360°” principle.
The new F700GS and F800GS 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 F800GS, the new F700GS 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 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.
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 F700GS and F800GS. 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.
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 F700GS and F800GS. What is more, 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 F700GS and F800GS 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 F700GS and F800GS 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 F700GS and F800GS 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 F800GS.
In response to popular demand among existing F800GS 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.
Overview of new technical features:
- Increased output and torque in the F700GS as compared to predecessor model: 55 kW (75 hp) at 7,300 rpm (F650GS: 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 F700GS.
- Automatic Stability Control ASC (ex works option).
- Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA (ex works option).
- Rear spring mount can be adjusted via optimized handwheel.
- Newly designed body features in a more dynamic, masculine look.
- New paint finishes for the F700GS: Red apple metallic, Ostra grey metallic matt and Glacier silver metallic.
- New paint finishes for the F800GS: Kalamata metallic matt, Cordoba blue and Alpine white 3.
- New handlebar switch units and brake fluid containers, front.
- New handlebar clamp for F700GS.
- Cockpit with new dial faces for speedometer and engine speed display and an extended range of information.
- New windshield for F700GS.
- Smoke grey turn indicators and smoke grey LED rear light glass covering.
- Lowered suspension for F800GS (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 center stand as ex works option.
- Comfort package: on-board computer, heated grips, case holder, center stand (ex works option).
- Safety package for F800GS: ASC and ESA (ex works option).
- Safety package for F700GS: ASC, ESA, RDC (ex works option).
- LED auxiliary headlight for F800GS (special accessory).
- Enduro footrests, wide (special accessory).
The main differentiating technical features at a glance:
|BMW F800GS||BMW F700GS|
|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 [34.6/33.5 in.] seat height||820/790 mm [32.3/31.1 in.] seat height|
|Weight, road ready, 214 kg [472 lbs]||Weight, road ready, 209 kg [461 lbs]|