BMW F700GS Bike Overview
We all love BMW’s GS adventure-type machines, but the massive R1200 GS isn’t ideal for everyone.
So the Munich firm has offered a variety of smaller options over the years – like this F700 GS, which first appeared in 2013.
Confusingly, it uses the same 798cc parallel twin engine as the F800 GS (and the F650 GS twin before it), but in a lower state of tune, putting out just 70-ish bhp rather than the 85bhp of the full-fat version.
The rest of the bike continues this ‘lite version’ theme, with more of a street feel to the chassis than the hardcore offroad abilities of the 800.
So the suspension is less capable, with shorter travel and there’s a 19″ front wheel rather than the 21″ rim of the 800. That does mean the seat is lower though, which is an advantage if you’re on the short side.
Brakes are decent, with a good ABS setup, and the riding position is upright and commanding, ideal for riding in city traffic.
Like all BMWs, there’s a huge range of official accessories, and we’d recommend getting as many of them as you can – especially stuff like luggage, comfort seat, heated grips and taller screen.
Remember to factor that in if you’re looking at a used bike – there are plenty on eBay to check out here.
BMW F700GS Bike Spec
- Top speed119mph
- Weight (Dry)186kg
- Seat height820mm
- EngineFour stroke, parallel twin cylinder, DOHC
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I do struggle moving the bike though when stationary
Handlebars could be nearer me!
Emergency breaking is wicked