New BMW Adventure Parallel Twins - F750 GS And F850 GS
BMW's showed off their new middleweight adventure bikes - ‘fully redesigned’ members of their GS line, now called the F750 GS and F850 GS.
The German firm has stuck with their confusing tact of making the two bikes the same capacity, despite what the names suggest, however both bikes have recieved a hike up around 50cc on their predecessors - 853cc and 798cc respectively.
The BMW F750 GS in white.
There's a minor upgrade in power for the F750 GS, up from 75hp to 77hp and torque up 59.7lbft to 61.2lbft. It's the F800 GS that gets the real boost, with power up 10 horses from 85hp to 95hp and a torque increase of 61.2lbft to 67.8lbft.
The two models feature a new steel monocoque frame that uses the parallel-twin engine as a stressed member and each also have a new fork – an upside-down 43mm one in the case of the 850 and standard 41mm for the 750.
They also feautre a new aluminium double-sided swing-arm and shock, with BMW’s ‘ESA’ electronic suspension adjustment optional.
The German firm’s ‘ASC’ traction control system comes as standard, as does ABS, along with standard riding modes, ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’, although more are available as a further option.
As BMW are renowned, other optional extras include a TFT ‘Connectivity’ dash, (debuted on the R1200 GS Adventure) and BMW’s ‘intelligent emergency call function’, which can automatically summon help in the event of a crash
BMW says other updates include the fuel tank, which was repositioned for improved centre-of-gravity.
Of course, there are shared characteristics with the old models, like the F750 GS having cast aluminium wheels with a 19-inch front, and the 850 sporting wire-spoked rims with a 21-inch front, for more off-road potential. The 850 also has more suspension travel at both ends.
Braking is handled by two-piston floating calipers on 305mm twin discs at the front, while the rear is a single-piston floating caliper on a 265mm disc.
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.’