This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the BMW F 700 GS, the update to the F 650 GS (twin). The BMW F 700 GS was launched in mid 2012.
Like its predecessor, the F 700 GS is the smaller, road-going sibling to the bigger, more adventure-focused F 800 GS.
The BMW F 700 GS is still powered by a 798cc parallel twin with a 360 degree offset, giving the twin a lumpy idle that’s reminiscent of the bigger boxer engines, as well as (according to BMW) giving it a “unique” power characteristic.
In the F 700 GS, the engine makes 55 kW (75 hp) of peak power at 7,300 rpm, up from the 52 kW (71 hp) @ 7,000 rpm in the F 650 GS, but still down from the F 800GS.
The BMW F 700 GS is higher spec and power than the outgoing F 650 GS, but still lower spec than the F 800 GS. It still is lower weight, shorter, and cheaper.
Like the F 800 GS, the F 700 GS was updated in Jul 2016 with throttle by wire. However, the maintenance schedule is the same other than lubing the throttle cable.
In 2018-19, the F 700 GS was replaced with the higher-spec BMW F 750 GS, which received an all-new larger 853 cc motor.
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What you need to service the BMW F 700 GS
To service your BMW F 700 GS, you need the following consumable parts. There’s a lot in common with the BMW F 800 GS but some are different (I mean there’s only one brake rotor…).
|Part||BMW F 700 GS part spec|
|Oil||BMW recommends using BMW Advantec Pro 15W-50, their own brand, but you can use other 15W-50 synthetic oils of high quality.|
|Oil filter||The standard oil filter is BMW part 11 42 8 409 567, which is equivalent to Hiflofiltro HF160RC.|
|Air filter||BMW part number 13 71 8 529 998, which is equivalent to Hiflofiltro HFA7913.|
|Spark plug||The standard spark plug is an NGK DCPR8E per the manual. BMW part number is 12 12 7 690 603.|
|Brake fluid||Use DOT 4 brake fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4, or you can get BMW part number 83 13 2 445 461 for the official stuff|
|Brake pads||Part numbers for the brake pads are 34 11 7 705 216 for the front brake pads (you need just 1 ) and 34 21 7 722 884 for the rear.|
|Cable lubricant||Use Protect all cable life to lubricate moving cables.|
|General grease||Use a lithium soap-based grease for external pivot points like the kickstand etc.|
Maintenance schedule for the BMW F 700 GS
Below is the maintenance schedule for the BMW F 700 GS. It has been adapted to be a little easier to read and to fit this screen.
We’ve omitted the “running in” check as we assume your F 700 GS is no longer new.
The schedule is quite similar to the contemporaneous F 800 GS, except for not having to change the oil in the forks.
|km x 1000||0.5-1.2||10||20||30||40||50||60||70||80||90||100|
|mi x 1000||0.3-0.75||6||12||18||24||30||36||42||48||54||60||Every|
|BMW running-in check||X|
|Standard BMW service (see below)||Year|
|Engine oil change with filter||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||Year (a)|
|Check valve clearance||X||X||X||X||X|
|Replace all spark plugs||X||X|
|Replace air filter insert||X||X||X||X||X|
|Check or replace the air filter element||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||Year (b)|
|Change brake fluid in entire system||Year, then 2 years (c)|
- a Annually or every 10,000 km (6,000 mi), whichever comes first
- b when used off road, annually or every 10,000 km (6,000 mi), whichever comes first
- c First after one year, then ever two years
Standard BMW service — BMW F 700 GS
Below is the standard scope of service. The schedule says you have to do this every 12 months.
- [D] means items that a dealer does.
- [CT] is for pre mid-2016 models that have a cable throttle.
|BMW Standard scope of service — BMW F 700 GS|
|[D] Performing vehicle test using the BMW Motorrad diagnostic system (MoDiTeC)|
|Check coolant level|
|Check/adjust clutch play|
|[CT] Check freedom of movement of the throttle cable (if fitted) and check for kinks and chafing|
|Check the front/rear brake fluid level|
|Check the front/rear brake pads and brake discs for wear|
|Visually inspect the brake lines, brake hoses, and connections|
|Check the tyre pressure and tread depth|
|Check and lubricate the chain drive|
|Check side stand for ease of movement|
|Check centre stand for ease of movement (when fitted)|
|Check the steering-head bearing|
|Check the lighting and signal system|
|Check the engine start suppression works|
|Perform final inspection and road safety check|
|[D] Set the service date and remaining distance to service|
|Check charging state of battery|
|[D] Confirm the BMW service in the vehicle literature|
About the BMW F 700 GS
The BMW F 700 GS is the update to the BMW F 650 GS (the parallel twin one with the detuned 798cc engine). Like the F 650 GS twin, the F 700 GS has a name that doesn’t correlate directly to the engine capacity of 798cc.
It’s still positioned as the more easy-going, road-going F 800 GS. It’s not an adventure bike, though it will of course handle anywhere that you can take an upright standard with street tyres. Some call it a “soft roader”, much like an SUV.
The concept is still the same — a F 800 GS but with a detuned engine and some lower-spec but cheaper components.
In the F 700 GS, the 798cc engine makes a peak of 55 kW (75 hp) at 7,300 rpm, compared to the contemporary F 800 GS’s peak power of 63 kW (85 hp). It’s not a huge drop, and for the kind of riders that buy the F 700 GS, barely noticeable.
Because the F 700 GS has a shorter gear ratio, the F 700 GS has a livelier feel than the outgoing F 650 GS.
One important update on the F 700 GS is double disc brakes – the same set of brakes found in the F 800 GS. The F 650 GS twin had only a single front disc brake.
You can also get Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) as a standard feature in the F 700 GS — a very high-tech feature for a more budget bike.
Other changes in the F 700 GS vs the more expensive F 800 GS are:
- Cast wheels, the front wheel being a smaller 19 inch front wheel, vs the 21 inch spoked front wheel of the F 800 GS
- Conventional “right way up” fork, vs the USD fork in the F 800 GS
- Steel handlebar (F 800 GS has aluminium)
- Lower ride height
- Lower weight (just 5 kg/11lb)
The fact that the F 700 GS is cheaper and that most people tend to use the big adventure bikes as road commuters means that it was a popular choice.
In mid 2016, BMW updated the F 700 GS to give it ride by wire, as well as two basic ride modes (Rain and Road). Apart from lacking a throttle cable to lube, maintenance remained the same.
The F 700 GS was eventually replaced by the F 750 GS, borrowing the engine from its bigger sibling the F 850 GS (but similarly, just detuning it).
Tyres on the BMW F 700 GS
The BMW F 700 GS ships standard with the following tyre sizes and pressures.
|Wheel||Tyre size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||110/80-R19||2.2-2.5 bar (32-36 psi) (one-up to 2-up/with luggage)|
|Rear||140/80-R17||2.5-2.9 bar (36-42 psi) (one-up to 2-up/with luggage)|
Manual for the BMW F 700 GS
The maintenance schedule for the BMW F 700 GS came from the rider’s manuals for different years.
You can download the user manuals directly from BMW’s website here.