2013 BMW F Review


The 2013 BMW F series of bikes is made up of four different models that are all powered by the same 798cc parallel twin engine. The series lineup includes the F 700 GS (newly named for the 2013 model year), F 800 GS, F 800 GT (successor to the 2012 F 800 ST), and F 800 R. Although the 2013 BMW F Series contains four bikes, they are not all of the same class. The F 700 GS and F 800 GS are enduro bikes, while the F 800 R is a roadster and the F 800 GT is a touring bike.

Within the 2013 BMW F series of bikes, the F 700 GS is suitable for all riders from beginners to more advanced. Tweaks to the engine mean that it has improved power output, and shortening the gear transmission ratio has lead to even better handling. Anti-lock brakes are now included as standard, and electronic suspension adjustment and traction control are options, making the ride that much safer for all riders. A low seat height and lightweight body make it accessible to almost everyone.

The F 800 GS is the sportiest model of the 2013 BMW F series lineup. It is a versatile bike that performs both on and off road. New design cues have reflect the off-road nature of the bike, including new fuel tank trim, windshield, upper mudguard, and intake snorkel. The bike can now also be lowered making a seat height of a mere 32.3 inches possible. Only three color options are available for this sport bike.

The 2013 BMW F 800 R has been created to provide the right combination of maneuverability for day-to-day city riding as well as performance for on the highway. This naked bike is equipped with an engine that produces 87 horsepower and 63 lb-ft of torque, and sounds the part. The engine is mounted on an aluminum frame that is strong and light, so that it has a perfect balance and provides optimal agility to the rider.

The goal of the 2013 BMW F 800 GT is to provide the ultimate in performance, whether winding through the city streets, or whiling away the hours on the open road. A high level of stability is ensured by the longer rear-wheel swing arm and the tighter suspension. There are three different seat heights to choose from so the right ergonomics can be set for each rider. The engine provides up to 90 horsepower meaning that the everyday can quickly be left behind.

New For 2013

  • The 2012 BMW F 650 GS has been renamed to the 2013 BMW F 700 GS, even though it is powered by the same 798cc engine as the other models.
  • The engine within the F 700 GS has been tuned so that it sees small increases in power and torque.
  • Both the F 700 GS and F 800 GS have updated styling and a new instrument cluster that's easier to read and provides more information.
  • The 2013 BMW F 800 GT is the successor to the F 800 ST and has a slightly improved engine and ergonomics, better wind and weather protection, and a new luggage system.
  • Upgrades for the 2013 BMW F 800 R include new radiator side trim, white turn indicators, a sports windshield, and body-colored wheel covers.

2013 BMW F Specs

  • Model: F 700 GS, F 800 GS, F 800 GT, F 800 R
  • Engine Type: 798cc, water-cooled four-stroke in-line two-cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 82 mm x 75.6 mm
  • Compression ratio: 12.0:1
  • Valve Train: Two overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, dry sump lubrication; two valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication; two overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, dry sump lubrication
  • Induction: Electronic intake pipe injection Ignition:
  • Transmission: Constant mesh six-speed
  • Final Drive: Endless O-ring chain with shock damping in rear wheel hub; Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gallons; 4.2 gallons; 4.0 gallons; 4.2 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 60 mpg; 62 mpg; 69 mpg; 65 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Dual disc brake, diameter 300 mm, double-piston floating caliper, ABS; Dual disc, floating brake discs, diameter 300 mm, double-piston floating calipers, ABS
  • Brakes (Rear): Single disc brake, diameter 265 mm, single-piston floating caliper, ABS
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork; Upside-down telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Cast aluminum dual swing arm, central spring strut, spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable
  • Wheelbase: 61.5 inches; 62.1 inches; 59.6 inches; 59.8 inches
  • Rake:
  • Trail:
  • Seat Height: 32.3 inches; 34.6 inches; 31.5 inches; 31.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 410 lbs.; 421 lbs.; 470 lbs.; 390 lbs.
  • Tires (Front): 110/80-19 59H; 90/90 - 21 54V; 120/70 ZR 17; 120/70 ZR 17
  • Tires (Rear): 140/80-17 69H; 150/70 - 17 69V; 180/55 ZR 17; 180/55 ZR 17


  • A luggage system specific for each of the F 700 GS, F 800 GS, and F 800 GT models can be fitted to the bike to provide waterproof and impact resistant cargo protection.

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