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EICMA 2015: Updates for 2016 F 700 GS and F 800 GS BMW Models

It seems like 2016 is one of those evolutive - as opposed to revolutionary - years for two of the best known BMW Motorrad models: the F 700 GS and F 800 GS.
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BMW F-Series motorcycles have always been the choice for those who either have a very diverse lifestyle and need a vehicle that can keep up with them or are so undecided that they choose to go for an all-rounder just to make sure their bike won’t be caught off-guard in any situation.

Still, above anything else, the F-Series are motorcycles built for adventure, even though they can cope with day-to-day riding just as well. But commuting around the city and, generally speaking, never leaving the comfort of the asphalt would mean wasting a good slice of their potential.

The new F 700 GS and F 800 GS models have received a set of minor visual modifications that will help aficionados tell the 2016 models apart from all the others. It won’t be that easy, but there are a few very clear giveaways.

First of all, the two new models get a redesigned tank cover and a similarly refreshed ignition lock cover that are said to make the bikes look more dynamic and fresh. Further modifications see the addition of elegant electroplated elements applied to the knee covers of the F 700 GS and radiator cover of the F 800 GS. The model inscription is partly engraved and has a new design, offering a contrast with the painted surfaces.

But the one feature that probably stands out the most is the new two-color seat, which can be adjusted to no less than five different heights - four actual seat adjustments and the optional lowered suspension. These add up to a seat height range between 765 mm - 860 mm (for the F 700 GS) and 820 mm - 920 mm (for the F 800 GS), meaning there’s a configuration available regardless of the rider’s size.

Both models come with the same liquid-cooled 4-valve 2-cylinder engine with a capacity of 798 cc connected to a six-speed gearbox. Its output varies from model to model, which means it pumps out 75 hp on the F 700 GS and ten hp more on the F 800 GS. This well-known engine is tuned for linear thrust delivery and reliability, and not huge amounts of power.

So, to sum it all up, more of the same from BWM Motorrad, which is always a good thing, bar some discreet visual enhancements to make the two adventure models even more appealing. Now, if only they were a little more accessible...

 
 
 
 
 

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