BMW F700GS (2013-on) Review

Published: 26 February 2014

Novice-friendly street trailie that's an update of the old F650 – good, at a price

BMW F700GS  (2013-on)

Novice-friendly street trailie that's an update of the old F650 – good, at a price

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

If you want something light and easy to ride, which makes a great commuter and is backed up with excellent ABS then your first choice should be the F700GS. It’s not quite as much fun as other middleweight adventure bikes, but it’s a good compromise. The only sticking point is the price. The BMW is the most expensive bike in its class, especially if you start to include all of the extras available. That said, when you do invest in a BMW you are far less likely to lose on depreciation as they tend to hold their value well in the used market.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The GS comes with an excellent chassis that can be ridden surprisingly hard through the corners. It’s so easy to ride fast, or slow, and you can merrily throw it around until the pegs start to scrape. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fare that well over long distances. The standard screen is too low, and the seat is too hard and thin. After 100 miles I was hoping the fuel light would come on so I could get off the bike and have a rest… There is an optional comfort seat and we’d certainly suggest you add it to your spec list.

Engine 4 out of 5

The new F700GS engine, which confusingly is actually the same 798cc parallel twin as the F650 and F800, has four more bhp compared to the older F650 model thanks to improvements to the cam timing and fueling, which have also improved the amount of torque available. The parallel twin has some punch to it, however it never felt that exciting. Quick yes, and it loves to be revved, but the actual power and speed felt diluted. Competent but lacking a bit of the thrill factor to make it stand out.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The GS is built to a budget, but is still fairly well finished. The engine is solid and is in a very low state of tune.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

It’s more expensive than other middleweight adventure bikes, but is finished better and should hold its value.

Insurance group: 8 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 2 out of 5

The GS only comes with ABS as standard. Electronic suspension, heated grips and traction control are extra.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their BMW F700GS (2013-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your BMW F700GS (2013-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 3.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Not great to show off but...

04 September 2016 by Nikolas

Perfect bike if you look at its core - Not great to show-off but it will make you ride more than you were used to do Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Must change the standard seat for a comfort seat and put a higher windshield if you ride a lot - Nice all-round bike if you are honest with yourself (i.e. you're buying an ADV bike but you know you will be riding 90% on roads) - Lightweight and very nimble, it could take you from the UK to the Alps in a day and let you party once you get there.
Engine
3 out of 5
It does a great job - but it is just without character - I still don't understand why they didn't give the 85bhp of the F800GS. Anyway, 75bhp available soon and with a good progression
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
From a non-BMW fan I have to admit that the standard is high - built to budget, it is still few steps ahead of the competition
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Reasonably OK - with 160-180 GBP per annum you can service it - Avoid BMW official dealers though!! There are lots of qualified BMW mechanics to do the job
Equipment
5 out of 5
The panniers are the best ever (in less than 10 secs they are on/off) - not too keen on the ESA but it's a nice-to-have - If you have a chance look for a Scottoiler for the chain
4 out of 5

Great quality real world bike

30 July 2016 by kevberlin

At the time of writing I have done just 250 miles so my comments must be considered within my limited experience of the bike. Overall a great bike as long as you value comfort and quality above outright pants burning excitement. The bike just feels... Read more "right".

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Usable flickable bike. Great cornering speed and just soaks up road shortcomings. I added the comfort seat which I considered an absolute necessity as the standard seat is too uncomfortable. Comfortable with great high riding position.
Engine
4 out of 5
More than adequate for my needs with a distinctive buzz over 65mph and nice engine note. Not exciting but just good. My first fill up indicates in excess of 70mpg
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Everything screwed nicely together as one would expect. Finish is superb
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Relatively expensive to buy although I managed to get a reasonable discount from BMW. The Rallye edition came with nice extras included especially as I did not want the adjustable ride option that I considered to be a gimmick. I bought vario panniers and a high screen via EBay as BMW prices were rather high. To date I have not bothered fitting the high screen as I find the standard small screen adequate for my needs.
Equipment
5 out of 5
I did not bother with the adjustable suspension but the Rallye came with everything I wanted...............centre stand, computer, heated grips and luggage rack. For £100 I added the comfort seat, which was money well spent. It is also very pretty!
Buying experience

BMW dealership was excellent. Informative, helpful, dealt with enquirers efficiently and effectively

5 out of 5

Really a Superb Bike

09 May 2014 by Anonymous

This is just a personal opinion and there are many other great bikes out there. For me, this bike fits a great niche who aren't so tall (I'm 5'9" or 1.75m) and like riding a mid-sized machine in a near vertical position. After owning a dozen... Read more different bikes, I like this one the best. It's a bit expensive but the selling point for me was the engineering as proven first rate for me and it has excellent handling. Transmission is smooth, balance spot on, and enough power for two-up riding. The engine pulls nicely and is plenty enough for me and is flawless in its operation and I have high confidence in its braking capability. My package included all the accessories (Comfort, ESA, ABS, ACS), to include luggage racks, center stand, crash bars, skid plate, oil filer protection screen, a larger windshield, hand guards, mirror extenders, headlight protector and headlight shield, vario panniers and top box, 2.5" or 6.3cm handlebar extender (to get that upright position) and finally the comfort seat (a must for those wanting to ride long distances). I've ridden 6k miles or 9600km on it and remain eager in finding time to ride this machine.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £7,770
Used price £5,200 to £8,500
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 8 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £160
Performance
Max power 75 bhp
Max torque 57 ft-lb
Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Specification
Engine size 798cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame type Twin-spar aluminium
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 209kg
Front suspension 41mm inverted forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Shock, adjustable spring preload
Front brake 2x300mm discs. Two-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x265mm disc, one-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 110/80ZR19
Rear tyre size 140/80ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2008 – BMW launch the F650GS.

Other versions

The F800R is a naked roadster, F800GS an adventure bike that comes in basic or Adventure format. The F700GT is a lightweight tourer.

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