Monday, July 02, 2012

2013 BMW F700GS, F800GS: First official pics, specs, details

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For 2013, the new F700GS replaces the earlier F650GS. Both, the new F800GS and F700GS get ABS and optional stability control and electronically adjustable suspension...
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BMW have announced the new, 2013-spec F700GS (which replaces the earlier F650GS) and F800GS machines. The F800GS is, according to BMW, a full-on dual-purpose bike that offers high levels of off-road capability, while still retaining suitability for road use. The F700GS, they say, is ‘geared more towards motorcyclists who do not yet need quite the same level of off-road expertise.’ Both bikes get BMW’s latest two-channel ABS as standard, as part of the company’s ‘Safety 360°’ principle, which dictates the adoption of ABS on all 2013 model BMW motorcycles.

Apart from ABS, the 2013 BMW F800GS and F700GS also feature optional automatic stability control (ASC), which is a form of traction control that prevents excessive wheelspin, and electronic suspension adjustment (ESA II), with comfort, normal and sport settings. Both machines are powered by the same 798cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected parallel-twin, which produces 85 horsepower and 83Nm of torque in the F800GS and 75bhp and 77Nm of torque in the F700GS. Both bikes get a tubular steel chassis, which uses the engine as a load-bearing element, and aluminium swingarm.

In addition to the above, the new BMW F800GS and F700GS also get minor styling updates, new colours, optional lowered suspension and lower seat on the F800GS, and a long list of optional accessories. As you would expect, the more off-road-oriented F800GS gets a 21-inch front wheel while the F700GS rides on a 19-inch front hoop. Wet weights for the two bikes are 214kg and 209kg respectively.

Pricing and availability details for the 2013 BMW F800GS and F700GS are likely to be announced soon.

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