BMW’s Replacement for the F800GS Gets Spied!
Aging BMW F800GS getting complete overhaul from the ground up for 2018?
New spy shots are the first to appear showing what looks like a replacement for the aging BMW F800GS. Photos reveal this isn’t just another makeover for the F800GS but a completely new platform built from the ground up. One of the most noticeable changes to this F800GS replacement is the switch from a steel trellis frame to an aluminum frame. The bike also appears to be significantly narrowed when looking at it side-by-side next to the old F800GS. In addition, the final drive and exhaust routing have switched to opposite sides of the bike.
Other new items seen in the spy shots include a restyled headlight that appears to be an LED design. This new F800GS replacement also sports durable cross-spoke tubeless wheels like those on the R1200GS Adventure. The parallel-twin engine is completely new as well, no doubt updated to meet EURO4 emission standards. The platform is rumored to get a bump in displacement up to 900cc, giving it more power to compete with the Africa Twin. It is also speculated that the new bike will be named the F900GS. In terms of appearance, the new F-Series bike continues with the same asymmetrical headlights and its familiar beak, but now has more angular styling that is a closer family resemblance to the BMW R1200GS.
A BMW F800GS replacement is long overdue, having first been introduced in 2008 with an engine based on the 2006 F800S sport tourer. This new model looks almost ready for production and is expected to be announced at one of this year’s major motorcycle trade shows, which could lead to a release as a 2018 model. Most likely, this new model will give rise to several updates in BMW’s 800cc line that includes the F800GS, F800GS Adventure, F700GS, F800ST and F800R. If rumors prove true a 2018 F900GS is sure to rattle the competition, especially if it is delivered as a leaner, lighter and more powerful F800GS replacement. And if the new model includes an improved suspension, it could become one of the main contenders for best big bike off-road.
For more information on the spy photos, visit morebikes.co.uk.