The BMW F series is a family of parallel-twin engine dual-sport motorcycles manufactured in Berlin, Germany by BMW Motorrad. This series includes the large range of GS models and several other types: the sport bike F800S (produced by BMW Motorrad from 2006 to 2010.), the sport touring F800ST and its sucessor F800GT, and the naked F800R.


The BMW F800GT is a sport touring motorcycle manufactured by BMW Motorrad since 2013. It is the successor to the F800ST, and joins the F-series range which includes the dual-sport F800GS and F700GS, and the naked F800R.


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The BMW F800ST is a sport touring motorcycle, made by BMW Motorrad from 2006 to 2013. Along with the closely related BMW F800S, other bikes in the F-bike range are the dual-sport F800GS, and the naked F800R. It has the same frame, engine, and suspension as the F800S, but differs primarily in fairing design and handlebar type. In 2013 it was replaced by the F800GT.




Launched in 2008, the GS range comprises the F650GS, F700GS, F800GS, and F800GSA. In 2012 the F700GS replaced the discontinued F650GS, and in 2013 the F800GSA was introduced with a 24-litre (5.3 imp gal; 6.3 US gal) fuel tank and a larger front fairing and screen. The F800GT, and F800S both have belt drive.
Confusingly, and contrary to industry convention, each model’s “number” does not refer to the engine capacity. Instead, each bike in the F-series range uses essentially the same 798 cc (48.7 cu in) engine, but with different power outputs and equipment levels. The parallel-twin engine was first used in the F800S, 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. The GS models have longer suspension travel, needed for offroad use.
The F650GS name causes further confusion as it was previously used for a 652 cc (39.8 cu in) BMW bike fitted with a single-cylinder Rotax engine. It was produced from 2000–2007, then relaunched in 2009 as the G650GS, fitted with a Chinese-assembled engine of the same 652 cc capacity.


Emma Farquharson rides the F800GS around downtown Toronto

The BMW F700 GS is a motorcycle produced by German motorcycle manufacturer BMW from 2012, replacing the F650 GS. Presented at the BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (6 to 8 July 2012), this motorcycle is made for road use but that does not mind wheeling. BMW F700 GS is versatile and easy to handle, with a comfortable driving position.


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