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.
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.
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.
It’s more expensive than other middleweight adventure bikes, but is finished better and should hold its value.
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The GS only comes with ABS as standard. Electronic suspension, heated grips and traction control are extra.