Introducing the Alpine Rental Steed – BMW F700GS

One of the biggest concerns that we had when choosing a rental bike was its fuel range. Sure it would be nice to try an all singin’, all dancin’ big ole “dream bike”. But a gas-sipper that can still motor along the highway is where I was squarely focused.

With that in mind, Kenny and I both ended up on a pair of BMW F700GSs.

The little GS had friendly, predictable power – there were no abrupt surprises. I especially liked its low seat height and found it to be comfortable and nimble. It was an all around easy ride. On the downside, the brakes left a bit to be desired. And I did miss that punch of power on demand I get from my Tiger when passing while already hustling. But a person who likes to ride around on something like the Enfield can’t be too picky on that front.

While I didn’t fall in love with the bike – I would definitely rent one again.

On average, we saw gas priced at abouuuuuut 1.75 per liter. That put us in around $8.50 per gallon. OUCH. You can keep your big horsepower and your fancy working brakes! The F700GS was getting about 50mpg.

You know? I think we made a good choice.

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Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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5 Responses

  1. Adrian says:

    Did you try name dropping to see if you could get a free or discounted rental? I got a free rental in San Fran in exchange for offering to review the service. Might be worth asking!

    • Fuzzygalore says:

      😆 Nah. My blog is too personal, IMO. Most of the time when money or stuff gets involved I feel negative about it. Generally speaking I prefer not to do it.

      I’m just a cog in the blog wheel, not a blogging celebrity or anything. They’d be like… “Who? Never heard of it.” and that would be pretty embarassing. 😀

  2. MarthaC says:

    OMG, Fuzzy, I just laughed so hard when I read your response. You are just so humble! Even though I don’t “know” you, I have followed your blog for several years and I love you even more!

    I truly enjoyed your vacation and I’m ready for your next get-away! Thanks for letting us tag along through your spot tracking and
    Instant Grahams. I can hardly wait for the blog entries!

  3. RichardM says:

    I gotta admit that if I was in the market for a new 2-wheeled bike, the F700GS would be at the top of the list. I took one for a demo ride last summer and really enjoyed riding it.

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