When BMW resurrected their venerable Rotax-engined dual-purpose single as the G650 they found themselves in the difficult positions of having two 650's in their range - one a 654cc single and the other a detuned 798cc twin (which, incidentally, also has a Rotax engine).
Now the Blue Propeller Boykies have sorted out the inevitable confusion with a masterstroke of mix-'n-match marketing - and invented a new model in the process, as well as seizing the opportunity to upgrade the existing F800 GS at the same time.
The F800 retains the full-strength version of the 798cc parallel twin, delivering an unchanged 63kW at 7500rpm and 83Nm at 5750.
The new F700 GS, however, has been retuned from the 52kW at 7000rpm of the 2007 F650 to 55kW at 7300 and from 75Nm at 4500rpm to 77Nm at 5500rpm.
At the same time the F800 GS has been re-focused as a true dual-purpose bike, as much at home on a footpath as a freeway, while the new F700 is geared more towards road riders who see gravel roads as a way to get to the fun rather than as a reason for riding.