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Video: BMW F700GS vs Rivals

The new BMW F700GS replaces the old F650GS for 2013, although capacity remains at 800cc. We tested it against the Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki V-Strom 650 and Triumph Tiger 800 to see which is the best mid range adventure bike.

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Nov 11

Posts: 202

jimbo8098 says:

Good Test

But seemed a bit different in quality to other reviews , new faces to me though (except one) ah well :)

I've got a V-Strom 650 2012 and sat on a Versys circa 2009 (I think) and the versys feels low down for how high the seat is. The bike , while on paper is the same weight as a V-Strom , feels lighter somehow. It definitely felt as though it would have a sportier feel.

The V-Strom 650 is definitely more touring oriented than the Versys. The bigger screen , wider seat and the huge panniers and top case provided with the grand tourer (£2000 worth of extras) underlines that. I know a guy  who has taken the slightly older strom (2011) to Italy , France , Germany etc all in one go and not felt the strain. He still loves it.

I've not racked up nearly as much mileage as him but I have ridden it on the bumpy twisties in Arran , the highland roads near Durness and the forestry roads of Galloway and it can keep up with bigger bikes despite the lack of power.

I've ridden it every weekday since I bought it and done some long stretches on it and can honestly say it is magic compared to my old XT 600. Everyone who has a Strom loves it. Look at the number of forums for the Strom and you will see!

The riding should bear proof of this in the next vid though. I'm excited to see how it stacks up to the BM and the Triumph.

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Sep 08

Posts: 498

I cant speak for the others but I have ridden the versys, and that was one of the most fun little bikes I have ever ridden, it was nothing like what i expected.

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Sep 12

Posts: 212

domster says:


To avoid exposed chain drive silliness try; Bmw f800st, Honda nt700/dn01, moto guzzi 750's, Yamaha tmax. Bear in mind feet forward riding needs a back rest to benefit. Shafty tourers may suit for regular pillion carrying. All can be had for similar money with low mileage. Finally, to dismiss anything without riding it yourself really would be silly.

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Jun 10

Posts: 49

CobbZ says:


Jesus, the music gets fucking annoying on this video!

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Feb 11

Posts: 13

DLman123 says:


@CobbZ Was it necessary to blaspheme the name of the only one who can keep you out of hell?

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Jun 11

Posts: 44

mikehannan says:


Yet another GS bike test with no luggage, only hard roads and no pillions.  Surely this is just self indulgent.  Why don't you get someone who knows something about GS riding (ie someone who has done RTW two up) and then get an opion worth the listening time? 

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Aug 02

Posts: 3

pricejrp says:

F700 GS

Totally pointless model with the F800 GS around. Why have they bothered?

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Sep 09

Posts: 17

stuarthw says:

To me it was worth watching . Thanks Guys ! Personally I love the Triumph and the GS. the Japanese bikes seem to lack character and look unexciting. However , I'm baffled.... why are there so many miserable comments ? Why do so many MCN readers post such negative stuff ?

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Nov 12

Posts: 1

terraunbound says:

apples to apples

Looking forward to future segments such as when (if) they take the bikes off-road or even onto a fire-road a bit. When it came down to testing riding, the 'pointless model with the F800 GS around' F700 meant that I could touch the ground. The Versys was a close runner. Still undecided in some ways so hope to see more testers take these models out to try their paces.

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Aug 03

Posts: 55

DaveyM says:

Is the other video of this ever going to be put online?  It's not the first time I've watched a vid and prepared for part 2 and it never turn up!

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