New F750 GS and F850 GS debut

Complete redesign for BMW’s middleweight adventurers

New F750 GS and F850 GS debut

BMW HAS just revealed these ‘fully redesigned’ new iterations of its middleweight adventure bikes, now called the F750 GS and F850 GS.

The German firm has stuck with its practice of making the two models the same capacity, despite their names suggesting otherwise.

But they’ve had a capacity hike. Both are now 853cc, up from the 798cc of their predecessors, the F700 GS and F800 GS respectively.

Along with that capacity increase comes a boost in power for both, from 75hp to 77hp for the F750 GS and 85hp to 95hp for the F850 GS (the latter pictured above).

Torque is also up, from 59.7lbft to 61.2lbft for the F750 GS and 61.2lbft to 67.8lbft for the F850 GS.

They feature a new steel monocoque frame using the parallel-twin engine as a stressed member.

Both get a new fork – an upside-down 43mm one in the case of the 850 and a righ-way-up 41mm one for the 750 – plus an aluminium double-sided swing-arm and shock, with BMW’s ‘ESA’ electronic suspension adjustment optional.  

The F750 GS

The firm’s ‘ASC’ traction control system is standard, as is ABS. Standard riding modes are ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ with more available as a further option.

Other options include a TFT ‘Connectivity’ dash, as showcased on the latest R1200 GS Adventure, along with BMW’s ‘intelligent emergency call function’, which can automatically summon help in the event of a crash.

In common with their predecessors, the F750 GS has cast aluminium wheels with a 19-inch front while the 850 has wire-spoked ones with a 21-inch front, for more off-road potential. The 850 also has more suspension travel at both ends.

BMW says other changes include the fuel tank, which has been repositioned for improved centre-of-gravity.

The front brake of both consist of two-piston floating calipers on 305mm twin discs while the rear is a single-piston floating caliper on a 265mm disc.  

The bikes were unveiled this morning at the Eicma motorcycle show in Milan.

BMW said in a press release: ‘Even more so than their predecessor models, the new F 750 GS and F 850 GS are targeted squarely at their respective clientele. 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 optional TFT 'Connectivity' dash.