F 700 GS, F 800 GS And F 800 GS Adventure - Updated And Sexy

German motorcycle manufacturer BMW Motorrad are revealing what their design departments have been up to with the new BMW F 700 GS, F 800 GS and F 800 GS Adventure, all riding out the first day of July.

Repeat after us, ‘authentic characters featuring optimized functionality’, this is the phrase BMW Motorrad uses to describe the 2017 models of these well-loved motorcycles. The latest versions are promising to be more responsive, adds riding modes as standard and new colors to give the bikes more pop. There are some mechanical upgrades as well, some of which are only of interest to European riders.

The BMW GS series of dual purpose off-road/on-road BMW motorcycles have been produced from 1980. If the GS moniker sounds familiar, it should. In 2004, the R1150GS Adventure enjoyed major screen time while being used by actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in their journey ‘Long Way Round’, the popular motorcycle documentary.

BMW first introduced the F 700 GS in 2012 as part of its ongoing expansion of this family. This expansion began in 2007 in the form of the F 650 GS and the F 800 GS, both of which were enthusiastically received.


The New F 700 GS - Source BMW Motorrad

The German manufacturer continues this focus with the new F 700 GS still aimed mainly at motorcyclists who like the ride feel of an enduro and are looking for the 'easy button'. 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 New F 800 GS - Source BMW Motorrad

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. European riders will be glad to hear, the powerhouse has been adjusted to meet the new EU4 regulations.

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 75 hp 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 85 hp 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.


The New F 700 GS - Source BMW Motorrad

Adding a level of performance, 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 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 optimized, especially where this motorcycle lives, while off-road.

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, seen on most other BMW motorcycles. 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.

‘Rain’ mode guarantees a gentle throttle response, ABS regulation is set for road use and the Automatic Stability Control is configured for road riding with low friction coefficients. In ‘Road’ mode, throttle response is set to optimum, ABS is adapted to road use and the ASC is configured for high friction coefficients. 


The New F 800 GS - Source BMW Motorrad

The ‘Enduro’ mode is characterized by a gentle throttle response, with ABS and ASC settings oriented towards light off-road use with road tires. For more dedicated off-road riders, the ‘Enduro Pro’ mode is available for the F 800 GS and F 800 GS Adventure: here, optimum throttle response is combined with ABS and ASC regulation geared towards use with off-road tires. In this mode the rear-wheel ABS is also deactivated, allowing experienced riders to perform so-called brake drifts.

Regardless of the various riding modes, both ABS and ASC can be switched off in all three new models.

These three models are packed with other features to continue the theme of optimized functionality. This includes tried and test suspension technology and ABS as standard.  Automatic Stability Control ASC and Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA are available 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 aluminum doublesided swinging arm likewise remain unchanged, as do the wheels and tires. 

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.

Finally, part aesthetic and very crucial, the instrument panel has enjoyed as much attention as the rest of the motorcycle.

Featuring newly designed dials for optimum readability and an even wider range of information, the updated models 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 now featured and again, meets EU4 requirements. There are also newly designed dials which ensure improved readability, and the display has been extended to include riding mode information.

Diving into the models themselves, the new F 700 GS rides in with great colors for the ‘all-rounder’ rider. The F 700 GS Rallye in Light White non-metallic is meant to emphasize the athletic side of the 700 cc model.

The models frame comes in non-metallic Racing Red, features a red spring strut, grey and black seat and a large hand guard.

Speaking of non-metallic Racing Red, BMW uses it for the new F 700 GS which gives the model a strikingly progressive appearance. Also featuring a frame in Agate Grey metallic matt, white spring strut and black seat, it’s obvious this what BMW meant by ‘authentic characters’.

The new F 700 GS expresses a deliberately masculine and mature style in Singapore Grey metallic mat, a  non-metallic Racing Red frame, red strut and black seat.


The New F 700 GS - Source BMW Motorrad

Coming with its own tag line of ‘Offroad potential and dynamic looks’ the new F 800 GS comes in six flavors.  

The F 800 GS special model GS Trophy in Light White non-metallic features specifically sporty accentuations. Starting with a light White non-metallic paint finish, non-metallic Racing Red frame, GS Trophy Tapes, Red spring strut and grey and black seat, the model gets beefier outside a color scheme. A large hand guard, crash bars and Enduro aluminum engine protector highlights this motorcycle is meant for the more adventurous rider.

The F 800 GS Exclusive in Blackstorm metallic has an especially powerful, masculine character with a Agate Grey metallic matt frame, white spring strut, grey and black seat as well as a large hand guard, tinted windshield and LED turn indicators.

In Ostra Grey metallic matt, the new F 800 GS expresses a deliberately fresh, dynamic style. Enjoying a frame in Racing Red non-metallic, Red spring strut and of course the striking grey and black seat.

Calling the new F 800 GS Adventure, ‘Styled for adventure’ for model year 2017 the new F 800 GS Adventure has been fitted with new galvanized radiator trim and integrated GS emblem. The windshield also features a GS emblem. The airbox cover has also been redesigned as well as housing of the ignition lock.

The F 800 GS Adventure Rallye in Racing Red Matt accentuates the adventure character and offroad capability offering a Racing Red matt paint finish, the frame in Light White non-metallic, a white spring strut, red and black seat as well as a large hand guard, tinted windshield and LED turn indicators.

Last, but certainly not least, in Catalano Grey, the new F 800 GS Adventure expresses a deliberately masculine and self-confident style. A black frame, white spring strut and grey and black seat.


The New F 800 GS - Source BMW Motorrad

All this adds up to an acknowledgement that the world of endro riding is enjoying a surge of popularity. While past bucket lists may have focused on cruising Route 66 from the comfortable saddle of touring motorcycle, today’s rider wants to find their own path away from the asphalt.

Among motorcycle manufacturers, BMW Motorrad enjoys this growing trend with the built-in advantage of producing just this type of bike needed for these on-road and off-road adventures for many years. The updated 2017 models shows the German manufacturer is putting its best foot forward to prove the point.

These models should be available in BMW Motorrad showrooms by August 2016. In the meantime, here is a video from the recent BMW Motorrad Days to tease interested riders even further!

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