2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
BMW has been able to sell an average of 1,430 examples of the F 700 GS on the German market over the five years. After five years the BMW F 750 GS is coming.
So now the new generation of the F series comes onto the market, in which everything - engine, frame, chassis, brakes - is fundamentally new. In addition, the scope of equipment, both standard and optional, is being expanded considerably. In particular, BMW has fully exploited the current possibilities of electronics and raised them to a level previously unknown in this vehicle segment.
The two-cylinder in-line engine of the BMW F 750 GS now has a crank pin offset, which makes the unit appear as if it were a V2. A maximum of two hp more than the F 700 GS is delivered, namely 77 hp. The ability of the new engine to turn is much more pronounced than before and the power output is slightly higher, because the in-line twin provides a little more power with 83 Nm torque than the previous engine (77 Nm).
BMW F 750 GS got heavier
The 750 - its displacement, by the way, is 853 cubic centimeters - has not become really more dynamic; the slight increase in performance is offset by the approximately 15 kilograms higher weight. The engine characteristics in connection with the sonorous tone of the stainless steel exhaust system makes the 750er feel a bit stronger.
The fuel consumption is exemplary with a factory specification of only 4.1 liters per 100 kilometers in the WMTC test; this value can be verified in practice. As with any vehicle, however, consumption is heavily dependent on the hand of the gas. The fact that our total consumption of an average of 5.1 liters / 100 km was one full liter higher is due to the high proportion of motorways driven very quickly: at a motorway section of 130 km / h, the injection system sucks almost six liters per 100 kilometers from the tank.
Driven quickly on country roads, 4.1 to 4.4 liters are sufficient, with which you can travel well over 300 kilometers with a tank capacity of 15 liters. The consumption as well as the range display are excellent due to their accuracy.
The smooth-running clutch with anti-hopping function, the gear ratio and the gearshift are consistently convincing. The optional gearshift assistant, which masters both directions, works unusually well for a two-cylinder engine. The chassis of the F 750 GS also leaves nothing to be desired: the driving stability with loaded suitcases is impeccable even beyond the 160 km / h recommended by BMW, turning into bends is just as easy as braking in an inclined position, because a noticeable set-up moment occurred with the mounted ones Bridgestone tires do not.
Overall convincing evidence of the high chassis competence of the BMW development team. The three-disc brake system, supplemented by an optional cornering ABS in the test vehicle, was also convincing. The ergonomics, usability, equipment and finish of the F 750 GS are of the high standard that is usual for BMW: the seating position, upholstery, notches, handlebars, switches and levers are impeccable.
In addition to four possible seat heights, the new, easily adjustable luggage cases, which, in the style of the Boxer-GS, can be fixed practically invisibly on the motorcycle, deserve special mention. As a potential customer, you have to know that the wind protection of the small windshield is limited; the slightly higher screen of the F 850 GS is available as an accessory. The fact that the list of accessories is as long as that of the larger sister models is both a blessing and a curse: Those who do not want to or cannot moderate themselves can easily drive the purchase price from 9570 euros to over 13,000 euros.
Easy to read display
Most items are divided into four packages, but many “nice to haves” are also available individually. The new TFT display in the cockpit, which is easy to read under all circumstances, deserves a special mention, with the help of which a total smartphone integration is possible. An additional payment of 600 euros sounds steep, but the possibilities of this part are convincing. This is how the arrow navigation possible using a free BMW app works perfectly. After a bit of getting used to, the operation appears absolutely logical and therefore simple; all you have to do is press the menu button and the rotating ring, both on the left side of the handlebar. We also found the keyless start system with integration of the tank cap and the cruise control to be useful.
Basically, the BMW F 750 GS, enriched with some high-tech features, no longer belongs to the middle class, neither in terms of price nor in terms of technology - nor in terms of weight or the driver's feeling. Anyone who has never driven an R 1200 GS will not miss anything when dealing with the “little one”, at least as a soloist. A top speed of 190 km / h and an acceleration from zero to one hundred in four seconds say it all. The delivery of the F 750 GS has already begun, but is currently stalling again: Some of the F-motors manufactured in China are faulty; it will probably take until autumn until enough perfect engines are available on the production line in Berlin. (SP-X)
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