In Milan, BMW Motorrad took the veils off yet another two new bikes in its range, this time for the adventurers out there who aren’t afraid of taking the unbeaten path from time to time. I’m referring, of course, to the BMW F 750 GS and F850 GS, both bikes being launched at the same time, at the world’s biggest fair for motorcycles, EICMA 2017. After around ten years of model development, BMW Motorrad has now fully redesigned and re-engineered these models in line with its objective of creating an proper riding machine for all terrains.
Ever since their debut in 2007, the GS models of the F series have stood for premium riding enjoyment with typical ‘Made by BMW Motorrad’ features, representing the middle-class Adventure segment. After a decade of consistent model development, BMW Motorrad now has in its line-up two new middle-class GS models in line with its objective of creating an ultimate riding machine that is even more uncomplicated and carefree, whether used for sport-oriented road riding, on tour complete with luggage and a passenger, or on an adventure trip into off road terrain.
The F 750 GS is designed for all riders who prefer the sensation and conceptual design of a travel enduro in combination with a low seat height, copious power availability, high cost-effectiveness, and powerful all-round qualities. Opposite this is the new F 850 GS, which besides offering more power and torque, features even more distinctive touring characteristics coupled with supreme offroad ability. The main development focus was to create an increase in both power and torque. In addition, special attention was given to reducing fuel consumption levels. Displacement is 853 cc and the power output of 77 hp at 7500 rpm generated by the F 750 GS is more than sufficient. The new F 850 GS generates 95 hp at 8250 rpm.
The two bikes also have a new sound achieved by employing a crankshaft with a 90 degree journal offset and a 270/450 degree firing interval. Unwanted vibrations are absorbed by the new engine’s two counterbalance shafts. A self-amplifying, anti-hopping clutch provides a discernible reduction in the hand clutch operating force while the drop in engine drag torque also enhances safety on the road. Power transmission to the rear wheel comes from the 6-speed gearbox with secondary drive that is now positioned on the left-hand side.
Customers will get to experience the advantages brought on by the new, robust steel bridge frame in monocoque construction which is supposed to increase riding precision. At the same time, a new telescopic fork/upside-down telescopic fork plus double-sided aluminum swinging arm with central spring strut was introduced for a more sensitive response. ABS, ASC plus ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ riding modes are included as standard while pro riding modes with ABS Pro and dynamic brake light, DTC and the new riding modes ‘Dynamic’, ‘Enduro’ and ‘Enduro Pro’ (the latter only with the F 850 GS) are available as optional equipment ex works. ESA electronic suspension adjustment is also available as optional equipment.