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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 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.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 5

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

BMW F700GS (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £7,680
Dealer used prices
£6,720 (2013) - £7,460 (2013)
Private used prices
£5,900 (2013) - £6,610 (2014)
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Engine size 798 cc
Power 75 bhp
Top speed 105 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 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.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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


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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.


Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 75 bhp
Max torque 57 ft-lb
Weight 209 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 798 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame Twin-spar aluminium
Front suspension adjustment 41mm inverted forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Shock, adjustable spring preload
Front brakes 2x300mm discs. Two-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x265mm disc, one-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 110/80ZR19
Rear tyre size 140/80ZR17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Really a Superb Bike


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    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 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.

    09 May 2014


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Tank Range

 Where did you get the 140 mile tank range from ? I never get less than 200  miles to a tank.

20 September 2014 11:53

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