BMW GS parallel-twin

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BMW F800GS, F800GSA, F700GS & F650GS
Black and yellow motorcycle parked on the edge of a field
Manufacturer BMW Motorrad
Production F800GS (2008–)
F800GSA (2013-)
F700GS (2012–)
F650GS (2008–12)
Predecessor F650GS (single-cylinder)
Class Dual-sport
Engine 798 cc, parallel-twin, water cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 8 valves
Bore / stroke 82 mm × 75.6 mm (3.23 in × 2.98 in)
Compression ratio 12.0:1
Top speed >200 km/h (124 mph) (F800)
192 km/h (119 mph) (F700)
185 km/h (115 mph) (F650)
Power 85 hp (63 kW) @ 7,500 rpm (F800)
75 hp (56 kW) @ 7,300 rpm (F700)
71 hp (53 kW) @ 7,000 rpm (F650)
Torque 83 N·m (61 lb·ft) @ 5,750 rpm (F800)
77 N·m (57 lb·ft) @ 5,300 rpm (F700)
75 N·m (55 lb·ft) @ 4,500 rpm (F650)
Transmission 6-speed, O-Ring chain
Suspension

Front:

  • Telescopic fork, Ø 45mm, 230mm travel (F800)
  • Telescopic fork, Ø 41mm, 170mm travel (F700)
  • Telescopic fork, Ø 41mm, 180mm travel (F650)

Rear:

  • Dual swing arm, WAD strut, adjustable spring pre-load and rebound damping, 215mm travel (F800)
  • Dual swing arm, spring strut, adjustable spring pre-load and rebound damping, 170mm travel (F700/650)
Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) optional (2013–)
Brakes

Front:

  • Twin 300mm floating discs, dual piston floating calipers (F800/700)
  • Single 300mm floating disc, dual piston caliper (F650)

Rear:

  • 265mm disc, single piston floating caliper
ABS (optional before 2013)
Tyres

Front:

  • 90/90-21, spoked wheel, tubed tyre (F800)
  • 110/80-19, cast aluminium wheel, tubeless tyre (F700/650)

Rear:

  • 150/70-17, spoked wheel, tubed tyre (F800)
  • 140/80-17, cast aluminium wheel, tubeless tyre (F700/650)
Wheelbase 1,578 mm (62.1 in) (F800)
1,562 mm (61.5 in) (F700)
1,575 mm (62.0 in) (F650)
Dimensions L
2,320 mm (91 in) (F800)
2,280 mm (90 in) (F700/650)
W
945 mm (37.2 in) (F800)
890 mm (35 in) (F700/650)
H
1,350 mm (53 in) (F800)
1,215 mm (47.8 in) (F700)
1,240 mm (49 in) (F650)
Seat height 880 mm (35 in) (F800)
820 mm (32 in) (F700/650)
Weight 191 kg (421 lb) (F800, 2013–)
185 kg (408 lb) (F800, 2008–12)
186 kg (410 lb) (F700)
179 kg (395 lb) (F650) (dry)

214 kg (472 lb) (F800, 2013–)
207 kg (456 lb) (F800, 2008–12)
209 kg (461 lb) (F700)
199 kg (439 lb) (F650) (wet)
Fuel capacity 16 L (3.5 imp gal; 4.2 US gal)
Related F800GT, F800ST, F800S, F800R

The BMW F800GS, F800GSA, F700GS, and F650GS are members of the GS family of dual-sport motorcycles manufactured in Berlin, Germany by BMW Motorrad. The F650GS and F800GS were launched in 2008, and use the same 798 cc parallel-twin engine with chain drive, but with different power outputs and equipment levels. The F700GS was launched in 2012 to replace the F650GS, which was discontinued. The F800GSA was introduced in 2013 and added a larger fuel tank (24 L), as well as a larger front fairing and windshield.

The F650GS name can cause confusion as it was also used for a 652 cc BMW bike fitted with a single-cylinder Rotax engine, produced from 2000–2007, a bike which was relaunched in 2009 as the G650GS fitted with a Chinese-manufactured engine of the same 652 cc capacity. The parallel-twin engine was first used in the F800S,[1] and is also used in the F800GT, F800R and F800ST, although these bikes are tuned to deliver peak power at a different RPM from the GS models. On the GS models the engine is angled further backwards to provide longer suspension travel, needed for offroad use.[2]

2013 update[edit]

F700GS

The F800GS was refreshed for the 2013 model year, and the F700GS replaced the F650GS. New features for 2013 included:[3] power increases of 4 hp (3 kW) and 2 N·m (1.5 lb·ft) on the F700 compared to the F650; standard ABS on all models and twin disc brakes on the F700; introduction of optional Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) and Automatic Stability Control; new generation handlebar switches and controls; updated instrument dials and standard fuel/temperature gauges; smoke grey turn indicators and rear LED light; new front fairings and paint finishes; and lowered suspension available for the first time on F800.

Model differences[edit]

As of March 2013, the main differentiating technical features between the F800 and F700 are as follows:[3]

F800GS F700GS
85 hp (63 kW) 75 hp (56 kW)
USD telescopic fork conventional telescopic fork
Progressive damping spring strut Gas pressure spring strut
Spoke wheels Cast wheels
21-inch front wheel 19-inch front wheel
Aluminium handlebar Steel handlebar
880/850/820 mm seat height 820/790/765 mm seat height
Weight, road ready, 214 kg Weight, road ready, 209 kg

Although all bikes use the same basic engine, the F800 produces 85 hp (63 kW), which is 10 hp (7.5 kW) more power than the F700 and 14 hp (10 kW) more than the discontinued F650. Engines on both the F800 and F700 can be modified to deliver a reduced power output of 35 kW (47 hp) for European riders on restricted Category A2 licences.[4]

The F800 and F700 are fitted with twin brake discs on the front while the F650 was fitted with one disc.[2] Both bikes feature anti-lock brakes (ABS), which were optional on the F800 before 2013 models and all years of the F650.

Previously, only the F650 had the option of lowered suspension,[3] which was not available on F800 models up to 2012. From 2013 both the F800 and F700 can be specified with a low seat and/or lowered suspension, the combination of which reduces seat height to 820–850 mm (32–33 in) (F800) or 765–790 mm (30.1–31.1 in) (F700), and makes the bikes suitable for shorter riders.

Special editions[edit]

F800GS Adventure (2013+)[edit]

Includes a larger 24 liter fuel tank, reïnforced rear subframe.

F800GS Trophy (2012)[edit]

Desert Blue and Alpine White paintwork, Black and Rally Grey seat, aluminium engine guard plate and hand protectors with large spoilers.[5]

F800GS Triple Black (2012)[edit]

Black paintwork, Black anodised fork tubes and rims, Granite Grey frame and Nürburg Silver swing arm.[6]

F650GS Special Edition (2012)[edit]

Sun Yellow and Black Silk Gloss paintwork, Granite Grey fork tubes, wheels and frame, Nürburg Silver swing arm, plastic engine guard plate and high windscreen.[7]

F800GS "30 Years GS" (2011)[edit]

Alpine White paintwork with white/blue/red decals, red seat with embossed GS logo, white direction indicators, aluminium engine guard plate, hand protectors with large spoilers and tinted high windscreen.[8]

F650GS "30 Years GS" (2011)[edit]

Alpine White paintwork with white/blue/red decals, red seat with embossed GS logo, white direction indicators, Magnesium painted wheels, plastic engine guard plate, hand protectors with large spoilers and tinted high windscreen.[8]

Recalls[edit]

The UK Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) issued a recall in July 2008 covering the front brake caliper fasteners on the F800GS—248 units were included.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ash, Kevin (6 March 2008). "BMW F800GS: Fixing a hole". Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 9 February 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Omorogbe, Jane (3 April 2008). "Ridden: BMW F800GS and F650GS". MSN. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "The new BMW F 700 GS and BMW F 800 GS". BMW Motorrad. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Riding a motorbike, moped or motor tricycle". GOV.UK. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "F800GS Trophy". BMW Motorrad International. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "F800GS Triple Black". BMW Motorrad International. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "F650GS Special Edition". BMW Motorrad International. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "BMW's four new celebration 2010 GS models". Motorcycle News UK. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Front brake caliper may become insecure". VOSA. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 

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