For years the GS models of the F series have embodied carefree motorcycling pleasure and sporty dynamics on the road, combined with a high level of travel suitability and robust off-road competence. For the model year 2017, BMW Motorrad has now taken the quality of this successful mid-range enduro motorbike a stage further.
As before, the new F 700 GS is mainly aimed at motorcyclists who like the ride feel of an enduro but do not require quite so much off-road competence. Its strengths are a lower seat height, all-round capabilities and more than sufficient power, along with excellent fuel efficiency and everyday qualities.
The new F 800 GS combines road and travel suitability with distinct off-road talents, combining these abilities at a level that is unique within its class.
Based on the F 800 GS, the F 800 GS Adventure particularly offers enhanced travel suitability even in the most remote corners of the planet. For touring motorcyclists with a bent for off-road riding, globetrotters and travel enduro riders it provides a genuine BMW GS Adventure concept in the mid-range segment.
The 798 cc engines have been adapted to the EU4 regulations for model year 2017. The visual hallmark here is the newly designed end piece of the stainless steel tailpipe. The HP sports exhaust by Akrapovič has also been redesigned and is available as an Original BMW Motorrad accessory.
Full E-Gas ride-by-wire system for further improved response and the modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” to cater for individual rider preferences.
A ride-by-wire system now passes on the rider’s commands directly from a sensor on the twist grip to the engine control system and therefore to the throttle valve. The result is even finer controllability and an improved response. At the same time, this also enables the new standard riding modes “Rain” and “Road” to be used for riding on damp or dry surfaces as well as the modes “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” – available as an ex works option (for the F 800 GS / F 800 GS Adventure only) – which are designed for lighter and more intense off-road use respectively.
Instruments with new dials and even more information.
The new F 700 GS, F 800 GS and F 800 GS Adventure are fitted with newly designed and more easily readable dials. An additional Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) ensures the EU4 norm is met, while the display has been extended to include riding mode information.
Dynamic colours and styles convey the bike’s character more distinctly. Powerful yet distinct character qualities are expressed in three paint finish/style variants for each of the new F 700 GS and F 800 GS, and there are two additional paint finishes for the BMW 800 GS Adventure fitted with new galvanised radiator trim elements, a new intake silencer cover and a new ignition lock casing.
Ever since BMW Motorrad expanded the BMW enduro family in 2007 with the addition of the F series GS models for the entry-level and mid-range class, these motorcycles have become well established with their excellent all-round qualities: lots of riding fun, simple and secure control on all surfaces and plenty of pushing power and endurance when travelling – even when the journey happens to take the rider off the beaten track. For the new model year 2017, BMW Motorrad has now optimised and honed the qualities of the mid- range segment models once again.
Adaptation of the dynamic engine variants to EU requirements and a newly designed tailpipe. In all three motorcycles, the distinctive liquid-cooled 4-valve 2-cylinder engine with fuel injection and 6-speed gearbox ensures powerful forward thrust as before. It has now been adjusted to meet the new EU4 regulations, however. The visual hallmark of the adapted engines is the newly designed end piece of the stainless steel tailpipe. Together with the redesigned HP sports silencer by Akrapovič, this fulfils the new R41-4 noise requirement.
With 55 kW at 7000 rpm and a maximum torque of 77 Nm at 5500 rpm, the new F 700 GS offers punchy engine performance, pulling power and low fuel consumption.
The F 800 GS and F 800 GS Adventure also rely on the 2-cylinder with 798 cc, here generating 63 kW at 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of 83 Nm at 5750 rpm.
Another unique feature in serial production motorcycle manufacture is the mass balance of the 2-cylinder engine by means of an additional connecting rod. It compensates for the first and second order inertia forces, ensuring that the engine runs with a pleasingly low level of vibration.
Further improved response due to full E-Gas ride-by-wire system and the riding modes “Rain” and “Road” as well as “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” to meet individual rider wishes. A full E-Gas ride-by-wire system now passes on the rider’s commands directly from a sensor on the twist grip to the engine control system, which regulates the opening angle of the throttle valve accordingly. This has enabled controllability and response to be further optimised – especially for off-road use.
The changeover to the ride-by-wire system means that riders of the new F 700 GS, F 800 GS and F 800 GS Adventure now benefit from various riding modes – as are available for most other BMW motorcycles, too. The modes “Rain” and “Road” come as standard and are for riding on damp and dry road surfaces respectively. As part of the ex works special accessory “Riding Modes Pro”, the “Enduro” mode is available for the F 700 GS and the “Enduro Pro” mode in addition for the F 800 GS and F 800 GS Adventure when riding off-road.
The new F 700 GS, F 800 GS and F 800 GS Adventure have an instrument panel consisting of analog displays for the speedometer and engine speed as before and also a multifunction display including indicator lamps. In the new model year 2017, a so-called MIL (Malfunction Indicator Light) is provided in the cockpit in line with EU4 requirements. There are also newly designed dials which ensure improved readability, and the display has been extended to include riding mode information.
Tried and test suspension technology, ABS as standard. Automatic Stability Control ASC and Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA as ex works options. In terms of suspension, the new models continue to use the established tubular steel frame in which the engine is integrated as a load-bearing element. The rear frame in square steel tubing and the aluminium double- sided swinging arm likewise remain unchanged, as do the wheels and tyres.
To meet the new statutory provisions, the new models are now fitted with side reflectors on the fork slider tubes and fixed fork tubes for better visibility when riding at night.
In line with the “Safety 360°” principle, the new F 700 GS, F 800 GS and F 800 GS Adventure are fitted as standard with the high-performance BMW Motorrad ABS system. Other safety-related features are the optional factory-installed Automatic Stability Control ASC and the Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA.