BMW updates F700 and F800GS range

Published: 01 July 2016

The F700 and F800GS ranges have been given updates for 2017 to bring them into line with imminent Euro4 regulations.

Like the bigger R1200 range, these changes have been brought about by Euro4 which reduces the noise and exhaust emissions allowed by a significant margin. Always on sidelights and an On Board Diagnostics (OBD) light have to be incorporated into the bike too.

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The F700GS model has always been aimed as those wanting a lighter road bike rather than a bike more capable of off-road use.

The 798cc water-cooled parallel-twin has been updated with a new exhaust which also get a new design of stainless steel silencer. An HP sports exhaust made by Akrapovic has also been redesigned and will be available as an accessory.

The whole F700GS and F800GS and F800GS Adventure range also now get ride-by-wire throttle control of the engine which means they can have rider modes made available. Each bike will have the choice of pre-programmed Rain, Road, Enduro and Enduro Pro modes to suit the riding conditions. Enduro and Enduro Pro modes are only available as accessory options on the F800GS and F800GS Adventure models and are intended for lighter and more demanding off-road use.

The entire range gets new instruments which BMW claim are more easily readable. The dashboard also gets a mandatory Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) which warns of something amiss with the engine. Riding mode information is also displayed on the dash too.

BMW’s press release states: “Dynamic colours and styles convey the bike's character more distinctly. Powerful yet distinct character qualities are expressed in three paint finish/style variants for each of the new F 700 GS and F 800 GS, and there are two additional paint finishes for the BMW 800 GS Adventure fitted with new galvanised radiator trim elements, a new intake silencer cover and a new ignition lock casing.”

 

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