Despite the slightly lower-spec cast ali wheels, slimmer, non-adjustable 41mm right way up fork tubes (the 850 has 43mm upside downers) and a smattering of small detail changes, the F750GS enjoys the same chassis and brakes upgrades.
Sat closer to the ground the F750GS is even easier to get on with, it’s just as comfy and handles with the same level of charming predictability. With its smaller screen the wind protection isn’t as complete, but you can buy the screen from the 850GS and swap it over.
A stiffer new monocoque bridge-design frame, with calmer steering geometry, replaces the old tubular steel item (it’s still steel for strength off-road) and the 15-litre fuel tank has been moved from under the seat to between your thighs to optimise the centre of gravity. The exhaust has also swapped sides to the right, to make it easier for the rider to swing a leg over.
All-day riding won’t be a pain, thanks to the F750GS’s comfy saddle, spacious legroom, slender fuel tank and natural bar position.
The 853cc parallel twin-cylinder motor is the same as the F850GS’s (who knows why BMW call a 750?), so it has an equally delicious soundtrack and elastic power delivery. Unless you thrash it mercilessly you don’t feel that missing 18bhp or 6ftlb of torque, either.
Gone is the old F700GS’s zero degree crankshaft journal and 360 degree firing interval, now the parallel twin cylinder motor has a 90 degree offset and bangs every 270/450 degrees.
BMW have also upped capacity from 798cc to 853cc (thanks to an increased bore and stroke), increased power by 10bhp to 94bhp and added two counterbalance shafts to iron-out the vibes.
Four years in the making and over a million ilometres in testing, all this engine work results in a power delivery that’s packed with rumbling character and shimmering, smoothness. Low-speed manners are impeccable, the new ride-by-wire throttle is jerk-free, and the new lighter-action ‘anti-hop’ clutch serves to make the F750GS natural and easy to get along with at lower speeds.
But whip the motor into a frenzy and its fast, free-revving and fun. There’s none of the rocking and pitching you get from its boxer-twinned, shaft-driven 1200cc big brother, just vibe-free, stable acceleration and a velvety parallel twin-cylinder silence off the throttle.
Build quality is superb, paint finishes and chunky plastics are top notch and the kind of attention to detail, from everything to fasteners, to the silky action of the switchgear, is everything you’d expect from a BMW. Owners reviews for reliability are mixed for the F700GS – most good and some bad, so only time will tell how this new model will stand the test of time.
The F750GS is a fair chunk cheaper than the F850GS despite being not being a million miles away in general spec.
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You’re not short-changed when it comes to spec. Standard equipment includes tactile Brembos, two riding modes (Rain and Road), ABS and a basic traction control system. Go the extra for the Sport model and another three riding modes are unlocked (Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro) along with cornering ABS and traction control, a quickshifter/blipper, heated grips and an LED headlight and indicators.
Go mad with the options boxes and you can turn your basic F750GS into an enduro-shaped superbike, with superb semi-active rear suspension, cruise control, a tyre pressure warning system, a multi-function 6.5in colour TFT screen with Bluetooth connectivity, keyless ignition and a bewildering array of official BMW parts and accessories.