BMW Motorrad has updated its mid-range of GS Enduro parallel-twin motorcycles for 2017. The F700GS, F800GS, and F800GS Adventure now meet stricter EU4 regulations, and are further optimized for ADV riding.Following are a quick look into the enhancements:
Adaptation to EU4 requirements.
Newly designed end piece of the standard tailpipe, and HP sports silencer by Akrapovič available as an Original BMW Motorrad accessory.
Electromotive throttle controller for improved response and controllability.
Riding modes “Rain” and “Road” as standard. Riding modes “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” (latter only F 800 GS / F 800 GS Adventure) as an ex works option.
Instrument panel with new dials, MIL indicator lamp and riding mode display.
Dynamic paint finish and style concepts.
Side reflectors on fork slider tubes and fixed fork tubes.
In 2012, BMW replaced the F 650 GS with its F 700 GS, the bike catering to those who like mid-weight ADV performance, but don’t necessarily spend much time off road. The F700GS uses the exact same engine as the F 800 GS, launched in 2008, but is detuned, creating 10 less horsepower (75).The other big differences between the 700 and 800 is that the 700 has less sophisticated suspension, cast wheels instead of spokes, and a 19” front instead of the 21” front found on the F800GS.The F 700 GS does have a much lower height height, though, which attracts many shorter riders. The standard is 32 inches vs 35 inches on the F 800 GS, and the F 700 GS can get as low as 31.1 inches with seat adjustment. The F700GS also weighs about 460 pounds wet, 12 less than the F800GS.Both 2017 parallel-twin GS motorcycles get EU4 adaptation and a newly-designed tailpipe. An Akraovpic HP sports was redesigned and is available as an Original BMW Motorrad accessory.BMW installed a new Electromotive throttle control for improved throttle response and updated the rider modes for better performance.BMW says An electromotive throttle controller now passes on the rider’s commands directly from a sensor on the twist grip to the engine control system and therefore to the throttle valve. The result is even finer controllability and an improved response. At the same time, this also enables the new standard riding modes ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ to be used for riding on damp or dry surfaces as well as the modes Enduro and Enduro Pro – available as an ex works option (for the F 800 GS / F 800 GS Adventure only) – that are designed for lighter and more intense off-road use respectively.The instruments on both bikes were also updated with new, easy-to-read- dials and additional information such as Riding Mode data. New for 2017 is also a Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) that ensures the EU4 norm is met.The 2017 F 700 GS and F 800 GS motorcycles are available in three finishes:2017 BMW F 700 GS Colors
white with red frame
red with black frame
black/silver with red frame
2017 BMW F 800 GS Colors
white with red flame
black with black frame
black with red frame
The BMW 800 GS Adventure is further fitted with new galvanized radiator trim elements, a new intake silencer cover and a new ignition lock casing.The 2017 BMW Motorrad model year lineup launches in August 2016, and both mid-weight GS motorcycles should be in dealers this fall. Prices were yet to be released, but expect to pay around $10,000 for the F700GS; $12,000 for the F800GS; and $14,000 for the F800GS Adventure.
2017 BMW F700GS, F800GS and F800GS Adventure Photo Gallery
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.