A decade since the first showing of the F series GS models, the ‘Made by BMW Motorrad’ offerings continue to liven the middle-class Adventure segment. In its newest avatar, the 2018 BMW 750 GS and 850 GS premium enduro bikes, bring together touring, long-distance capability, sporty dynamics, and supreme offroad performance. True to the moniker, BMW GS series bikes are dual purpose off-road/on-road BMW motorcycles. In existence for about 4 decades now, GS refers to Gelände/Straße (German: off-road/road), or Gelände Sport.
2018 BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS are fully redesigned and re-engineered for a more refined and uncomplicated ride, whether for road riding, touring with luggage/passenger or both, or adventure and offroading. Price of the 750 GS in India starts from Rs 12.2 lakh while that of the 850 GS starts from Rs 13.7 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.
< Mr. Timo Resch, Vice President – Marketing and Sales, BMW Motorrad and Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India with the 850 GS.
BMW Motorrad F 750 GS caters to riders who are partial to a travel enduro. Here’s to a low seat height, immense power, cost-efficiency, and an overall feature laden motorcycle. New BMW Motorrad F 850 GS offers more power and torque, and is redesigned for optimised touring capabilty, and offroading.
The new 2-cylinder in-line engine with two counterbalance shafts comes with a firing interval of 270/450 degrees for ride comfort, and distinct sound. With power and torque optimised, fuel efficiency too is improved. Both bikes are powered by the same engine – 853 cc 2-cylinder in-line engine. On board the 750, it delivers 57 kW (77 hp) at 7500 rpm, and and 83 Nm at 6000 rpm. On board the 850, it delivers 70 kW (95 hp) at 8250 rpm, and and 92 Nm at 6250 rpm.
Features include new upside down telescopic fork, and double-sided aluminium swing arm and central spring strut for quick response suspension. A crankshaft with a 90 degree journal offset, 270/450 degree firing interval, coupled with two counterbalance shafts absorbs vibrations. An anti-hopping, self-amplifying clutch ensures least effort from the rider. Engine drag torque reduction improves road safety. Power transmission to the rear wheel is from being mated to a 6-speed gearbox with secondary drive, positioned on the left-hand side. ‘Road’ and ‘Rain’ mode, ABS and ASC (automatic stability control) improve the joy of riding and safety.
Speaking about platform – New monocoque steel bridge frame integrates the 2-cylinder in-line engine for torsional rigidity and robustness. Fuel tank between seat bench and steering head improves centre of gravity. Suspension is optimised. On the design front, F 750 GS and F 850 GS are more dynamic and masculine, and come with exclusive style variations. Rallye style variant is exclusive to F 850 GS for optimised off-roading capability.
Optional equipment for F 750 GS and F 850 GS: Pro riding modes: Dynamic, Enduro, and Enduro Pro. Latter only for F 850 GS. DTC dynamic traction control; and banking capable ABS Pro.
Equipment range: Varying seat heights and windshields, full LED headlight, LED daytime running light (DRLs) optional Connectivity equipment with 6.5 inch full-colour TFT display or eCall, ESA (electronic suspension adjustment); Keyless Ride, Gear shift assistant Pro.
BMW F 750 GS Photos
BMW F 850 GS Photos
BMW GS 750 Specs
BMW GS 850 Specs