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The 2013 BMW F 700 GS simply speaks to me. Though I don't own one yet, it is my dream bike. I have been chomping at the bit to get this bike, or one similar (F 650 GS), in the near future.I passed the MSF course in Aug. 2012, and financial issues and work commitments have kept me from buying my bike, yet I press on. I am determined to "live out my dreams." Thanks for letting me get that out! P.S. I love the site! It keeps me dreaming, working, and striving to meet my goal!

Shelley
Las Vegas, NV
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Though I do not have a F 700 GS, I do ride a F 650 GS with low seat. I'm 5 feet even and with the low seat I was only on my tip-toes. Then I shaved the seat down enough so I can sort of be on the balls of my feet. I would highly recommend this bike. Just as a side note if anyone does decide on the low suspension, remember the center stand will not come as part of the bike and as Jill stated in a previous comment the bike is well balanced. I too agree about the gas nozzle but I would highly suggest getting rid of the OEM windscreen and get yourself a ZTechnik windscreen. It does a great job pushing the wind away from the rider. Oh my! It might be time for another bike. Like the saying goes "Cats (Bikes) are like potato chips...you can't have just one."

Faye
La Verne, CA
Monday, May 6, 2013
This bike is amazing for shorter riders! I had mine built with the low suspension and low seat height options and can touch the ground with both feet easily at 5 feet 2 inches. As for power, all I can say is WOW!

Tammy Templeton
Kimberley, BC, Canada
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
None of the three commercials for BMW showed a woman piloting her own bike. Each had some or more women, but they all rode behind a man. FAIL, BMW! I ride my own Harley, and just completed 40,000 miles, including two solo trips to Yellowstone National Park. I belong to a local group of women who get together for rides, and there are some who ride BMWs. This company needs to show women on their bikes in order to promote a positive image for an often under-represented group of riders.

Shelley Abernathy
Round Rock, TX
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Editor Response
Actually, the reason we ran the story on BMW's TV commercials is because there are women riding their own motorcycles in two of the spots. You just have to look fast — or grab the video scrubber bar with your mouse and move it along slowly to freeze each shot of video.

In the "Boots" commercial, the very last clip of video, before the last shot of the words "Feed Your Restless," a woman riding solo speeds by. You can tell it's a woman because of her slim build and long dark hair. She's wearing a red and white Arai helmet.

In the Cowboy Coffee spot, where a man and woman are sitting by the campfire, there are two motorcycles in the background. We can assume the woman rode one of them. Then a little more than half way through the commercial, they are greeted after dark by their friends who each ride in a motorcycle. One rides in with headlights shining on a guy with a yellow hat. Freeze that shot. You will see a rider with long hair, again. Looks like a woman.

In "Lunch" clearly the women are passengers.

Sure you have to look fast... but I wouldn't fault BMW. They do a fair job at including women riders in their marketing campaigns. But yes, all manufacturers could still do a better job.
Genevieve Schmitt
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