BMW's latest GS models cater for adventurous spirits

By Motoring Staff Time of article published Dec 12, 2018

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Johannesburg - Since its debut in 2007, BMW’s GS models of the F series have garnered a cult following amongst bikers that commute to work and back. However, these bikes, according to the manufacturer, are the perfect companions when it comes to discovering remote corners of the world by motorcycle.

After a decade, BMW Motorrad has now fully re-designed and re-engineered its middle-class GS models in line with its objective of creating an ultimate riding machine that is even more uncomplicated and care-free, whether used for sport-oriented road riding, on tour complete with luggage and a passenger, or on an adventure trip into off-road terrain.

Two new versions

The new F 750 GS and F 850 GS are targeted squarely at types of riders. The F 750 GS is designed for riders who prefer the sensation and conceptual design of a travel enduro in combination with a low seat height, healthy power availability, high cost-effectiveness, and powerful all-round qualities, BMW says.

Opposite this is the new F 850 GS, which besides offering more power and torque, features even more distinctive touring characteristics coupled with heightened off-road ability.

New 2-pot engine

A new two-cylinder in-line engine with two counterbalance shafts and a firing interval of 270/450 degrees (for optimised smoothness and emotional sound, allegedly) has been developed for the two new GS bikes.

The main development focus was to create an increase in both power and torque and in addition, special attention was given to reducing fuel consumption levels. Displacement is rated at 853cc and you’ll get 57kW at 7500rpm in the F 750 GS while the F 850 GS has a handy 70kW at 8250 rpm on tap.

Also, a self-amplifying, anti-hopping clutch is said to provide a discernible reduction in the hand clutch operating force while the drop in engine drag torque also enhances safety on the road.

Power is sent to the rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox with secondary drive that is now positioned on the left-hand side.

Riding modes

The standard riding modes, ‘Road’ and ‘Rain’ plus ABS and ASC ensure plenty of riding enjoyment and enhanced safety as standard, says BMW. However, Pro riding modes are available as optional equipment.

The F 750 GS and F 850 GS can also be fitted ex works with optional equipment, such as ‘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.

A new steel bridge frame in monocoque construction, optimised suspension geometry and new fuel tank position can be expected too.

Sharper looks

The new F 750 GS and F 850 GS feature a completely new look thanks, chiefly, to a new LED headlight. 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.

On sale now

You can head on down to your friendly neighbourhood Motorrad dealer and order your new bike today:


BMW F 750 GS - from R184 750

BMW F 850 GS - from R196 950


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