BMW Motorrad unveiled two adventure motorcycles, namely F750GS and F850GS, effectively replacing the old F700GS and F800GS for 2018.
The BMW F650GS, F700GS and F800GS have been the cornerstone of middleweight adventure motorcycling since their inception. The party trick of these bikes was that all three of these used the same liquid-cooled 650 cc parallel-twin engine in different states of tune, with the range-topping 800 drawing the most power from the motor.
For 2018, BMW has revamped the entire parallel-twin adventure bike range, unveiling two models. The 2018 F750GS and F850GS share design cues with their predecessors, but little else. At the heart of both these motorcycles lies a liquid-cooled, 853 cc parallel twin motor. it features a 270-degree firing interval to produce a V-Twin sound. The engine also gets two balancing shafts to cut down vibrations, which come inherent on such mills. A slip-and-assist clutch is also standard, as well as ride-by-wire with custom maps.
Both bikes get standard Road and Rain riding modes, with optional packages including Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro (F850GS only). These modes alter throttle response, traction control intervention levels, and the electronic suspension, which is new for 2018.
BMW has developed a new ‘Steel Bridge’ frame that is stiffer and more tractive than the one on the old F-GS bikes (F stands for parallel-twin engine powered models). The suspension on the new bikes is not just another electronic unit, where you activate presets associated to different riding modes. The BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Semi-Active Suspension) continuously adapts its characteristics according to the terrain the bike is currently riding on.
The F-GS twins also get all the electronic goodies that were previously limited to the gigantic R1200GS line of motorcycles. The electronics package includes the 6.5-inch TFT dash with smartphone connectivity that allows you to attend phone calls, play music and navigate on the go. There’s also keyless ride, emergency call function, tyre pressure sensors and Gear Shift pro (quickshifter with auto-blipper) included in the long list of optional extras. These features are standalone items, or can be specced as part of BMW’s Comfort, Touring and Dynamic packages.
The 2018 BMW F750GS comes in two versions, Standard and Exclusive. The F850GS comes in three forms, Standard, Exclusive and Rallye.
- 853cc parallel twin
- 93.8bhp @ 8250rpm
- 860mm seat height
- 229kg (wet)
- 853cc parallel twin
- 76.4bhp @ 7500rpm
- 815mm seat height
- 204kg (wet)
Stay tuned for more updates from 2017 EICMA!