BMW F700GS | Short Shift

Does “GS” Really Mean “Good Show”?

By Marc Cook, Photography by Kevin Wing

TECH SPEC

EVOLUTION
A half-step GS model with better brakes and a bit more power than the F650GS.

RIVALS
BMW F800GS, Honda NC700X, Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki V-Strom 650

TECH 
Price$9,990
Engine typel-c parallel-twin
Valve trainDOHC, 8v
Displacement798cc
Bore x stroke82.0 x 75.6mm
Compression12.0:1
Fuel systemEFI
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Transmission6-speed
Measured horsepower61.6 bhp @ 7300 rpm
Measured torque51.8 lb.-ft. @ 5400 rpm
FrameTubular-steel trellis
Front suspensionShowa 41mm fork
Rear suspensionShowa shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brakeDual Brembo two-piston calipers, 300mm discs with ABS
Rear brakeBrembo one-piston caliper, 265mm disc with ABS
Front tire110/80R-19 Bridgestone BW-501 Battle Wing
Rear tire140/80R-17 Bridgestone BW-502 Battle Wing
Rake/trail26°/3.7 in.
Seat height32.3 in.
Wheelbase61.5 in.
Fuel capacity4.2 gal.
Measured curb weight483 lbs.
ColorsGlacier Silver Metallic, Osta Gray Metallic Matte, Red Apple Metallic
AvailabilityNow
Warranty36 mo., 36,000 mi.
ContactBMW of North America
P.O. Box 1227
Westwood, NJ 07575
800.831.1117
www.bmwmotorcycles.com

VERDICT 3.5 out of 5 stars
A happy-to-please all-arounder with more spunk and much better brakes than before.

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