2018 BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS revealed

Significant updates to the popular middle variants of the GS line

BMW’s mainstays in the middle-class adventure category have always been a great mix of performance, practicality, and value for money, while still retaining premium riding enjoyment with typical ‘Made by BMW Motorrad’ features. 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 off-road ability.

Both the F 750 GS and F 850 GS get significant bumps in engine performance, with 77bhp at 7,500rpm and 95bhp at 9,250rpm respectively. This was achieved by employing a crankshaft with a 90-degree journal offset and a 270/450-degree firing interval. The new engine’s two counterbalance shafts also absorb unwanted vibrations, and 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. The fuel tank has been placed in the classic position between the seat bench and the steering head, for optimized packaging and an improved center of gravity.

The new GS models address individual rider requirements by offering ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ riding modes, while the combination of BMW Motorrad ABS and the ASC automatic stability control ensures a high level of safety. Both bikes can be fitted with optional equipment, such as Pro riding modes and in turn the additional ‘Dynamic’, ‘Enduro’ and ‘Enduro Pro’ riding modes (the latter only available in the F 850 GS) as well as the DTC dynamic traction control and banking capable ABS Pro.

The F 750 GS and F 850 GS also feature a completely new look, which benefits from a more dynamic and masculine design. In addition to the basic version, the new F models are also available in Exclusive style variations. The Rallye style variant is exclusive to the new F 850 GS and places particular emphasis on its off-road capabilities.

As per practice for BMW Motorrad, an extensive list of optional equipment and accessories will be available to both bikes. These range from luggage options, crash protection, LED headlights, and phone connectivity.