2013 BMW F700GS and F800GS: more safety, more features

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For this mid-cycle facelift, BMW is fitting its entry and mid-range ADV bikes with more standard and optional equipment, all aimed at increasing both safety and convenience. The biggest news is probably the change in name from F650 to BMW F700GS, indicating that power from the 798cc parallel-twin (yeah, this gets confusing) grows 4bhp to 75bhp while torque grows 1lb/ft to 57. More significantly, that model gains dual front discs with standard ABS. Traction control will be optional on both models, while the 2013 BMW F800GS gains an electronically adjustable shock. Oh, and new colors too.

Both baby GSs use the same basic platform — engine and frame — skewing the 650-cum-700 towards newer riders and commuters with lower-spec components, cheaper insurance premiums and a lower seat height. That leaves the F800GS to focus more on long-distance and off-road capability with larger spoked wheels, taller suspension and more power.

Aside from that power increase on the 700, the big news is upgrades in optional equipment for both bikes. Traction control (dubbed Automatic Stability Control here), is available on both bikes, although it’s not clear if it’s the smooth, helpful, latest generation kind that facilitates faster riding, or the older-style setup that just clunkily cuts power to slow you down. On the 800, you can also spec Electronic Suspension Adjustment. But, unlike larger, more expensive BMWs, here ESA only adjusts rear rebound damping between three preset modes. You still have to adjust preload by hand and there’s no adjustments in the front forks. This lack of suspension adjustability has been a common complaint leveled at the 800GS, so it’s disappointing to see the company has gone for a gee-whiz adjuster in place of actual substance, at least on those components.

There’s a bunch of other little tweaks and changes that don’t really add up to much, but might be relevant to existing owners or obsessed GS types, you can read about them in full in the embedded, long-form press release above. Pipe and slippers recommended for complete comprehension.

  • Mugello Fire

    Great Update. Like the 800GS in particular.

  • RWerksman

    Pity that the power from the Husky 900 didn’t somehow find it’s way into the F800GS.

    And what’s up with not updating the F800ST? It’s been nearly identical since it was introduced in 2006!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      That ST was never a big seller. These GSs move though.

  • Glenngineer

    New bodywork on the 700s is gonna sell a lot of Tigers. The 800 looks nice.

    Could be a big year from BMW if the water cooled boxer shows up in 2013.

  • Cockroach

    Btw, still can’t view the gallery from my phone. Trying to only reloads the article. Anyone else having this problem? Im using android os if that matters.

    • nwdothage

      I’m having the same problem.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

        Make sure you are logged in on your phone. If you aren’t logged in, the link kicks you back to the article.

        • Cockroach

          Logged in. Logged out. Logged in. No luck.

        • Tommy

          same here. Logged in on my computer and havent been able to look at galleries in like 2 weeks :(

  • Toby

    Are we seriously making teal bikes now? How very 1996 Geo Metro of them

  • Nick

    Gallery still not working…

  • Nick

    Error code…for instance…
    image not loaded in 30 seconds: http://farm8.static.flickr.com/7274/7489051312_6b63dc7f03.jpg

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  • markbvt

    I didn’t think it was possible, but they’ve made it look even goofier from the front. Especially the 700 with that squat flyscreen.

  • Lou

    Bleh. This just makes BMW look like they’re sweating a bit over the T800s.

    • ike6116

      I dunno. Having the F650GS be a parallel twin 800cc engine and the G650GS be what USED to be the F650GS single cylinder 650cc was rife with confusion.

      The parallel twin F650 should have been named the F700GS or F750GS from the word go. The way I see it, Tiger looks at what BMW is doing, not so much the other way around.

      • markbvt

        Not calling an 800cc bike 650 (or 700, or 750) would have made a lot more sense. I still think they should have called them F800GS for the lower-spec, cast-wheel model and F800GS Adventure (or Dakar, or whatever) for the dirt-oriented spoked-wheel model — just as they did with the older single-cylinder F650GS and F650GS Dakar.