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BMW Launches New F700GS and Updated F800GS

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Interesting but I have to wonder why?

I think they have a nicely spaced product line at 650, 800 and 1200cc. I just don't get why adding in a slightly bigger machine than the 650. Were people asking for a 700? Is there a benefit of the 700 over the 650 or 700 over the 800?

Wonder if they are planning on dropping their 650's?

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it looks like their 700 is the answer to the versys, vstrom, tiger (not xc), multistrada, Honda 700vx...... all bikes that "can" go offroad but are more comfortable on it, and are super easy to ride.

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Having more than one model reflects different rider expectations. The 700 is less off-road capable, less expensive, and shorter. Better for newbies and people who don't plan to leave roads. The 800 is a serious on/off road machine with better components, it's taller and costs more.

The 650 and 700 and 800 models each have an 800cc motor (confusing nomenclature, to be sure) but with more power in the 800 models.


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Having more than one model reflects different rider expectations. The 700 is less off-road capable, less expensive, and shorter. Better for newbies and people who don't plan to leave roads. The 800 is a serious on/off road machine with better components, it's taller and costs more.

The 650 and 700 and 800 models each have an 800cc motor (confusing nomenclature, to be sure) but with more power in the 800 models.
Don't forget that BMW also has a G650 which is a SINGLE cylinder 650cc bike. As you said The F650\F700 use the parallel twin 800cc engine. Kinda goofy....

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It replaces the F650GS which was actually a 800cc twin.
Nice looking bike.

I just picked up a new Tiger 800XC last Saturday.
My versys is for sale.

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I got to test one a few months ago. Was a nice ride. Congrats on the new ride.

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Nice looking bikes. I'd trade my Versys in for one in a heartbeat, if only cost weren't an issue.


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Nice looking bikes. I'd trade my Versys in for one in a heartbeat, if only cost weren't an issue.


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