BMW’s F700GS adventure bike has the same 798cc displacement as the F800GS but costs thousands less. So what gives? The DOHC opposed twin in the F700GS is detuned, kicking out a reported 75 hp compared to 85 hp for the F800GS. And this makes the smaller machine a friendlier choice for new riders while also potentially contributing to lower finance and insurance costs. Besides delivering a noticeably mellower power hit, the F700GS weighs less than the F800GS (467 pounds versus 478 pounds, respectively) and offers newbies a lower seat height (32.3 inches versus 34.6 inches, respectively), which aids in low-speed maneuvering.
Other F800GS features cloned on the F700GS include its energizing 12.0:1 compression ratio, DOHC eight-valve cylinder head, six-speed gearbox, and triple-disc brakes. Happily, the F700GS retains its pricier sibling’s 21-inch front wheel (a “real” dirt bike feature you’ll love on the trail), while still managing to MSRP below $10,000. And so, despite the confusion over two similar 798cc bikes carrying “700” and “800” nameplates, in this case the cost savings carry the day for the F700GS.
Likes: The essential goodness of the zippy F800GS, detuned and value-priced
Dislikes: Hey product planners, why brand a 798cc model the F700GS?
Verdict: One smart pathway into the midsize ADV ranks