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New BMW F850GS and F750GS Announced at EICMA

2018 BMW F Models get more power, chassis updates & advanced electronics.

Published on 11.07.2017

Ever since their debut in 2007, the F-Series BMW GS models have stood for premium riding enjoyment with typical ‘Made by BMW Motorrad’ features, in the middle-class Adventure segment. After roughly ten years of consistent model development, BMW Motorrad has fully reengineered these models and now more than ever, the new BMW F850GS and F750GS are targeted toward a specific rider type.

Accordingly, BMW states the F750GS is aimed for riders who prefer the sensation and design of a travel enduro in combination with a low seat height, ample power, high cost-effectiveness, and excellent versatility. Opposite this is the new F850GS, which besides offering more power and torque, features even more distinctive touring characteristics coupled with optimized off-road capabilities.

BMW F800GS Adventure Motorcycle
New BMW F850GS in GS Rallye Light White color scheme.
BMW F750GS Adventure Motorcycle
BMW F750GS in Austin Yellow color option.

New Powerful In-Line Twin Engine


The main development focus of the new F Series line was to create an increase in both power and torque. In addition, special attention was given to reducing fuel consumption levels. Both models utilize the same 853cc inline twin motor (compared with 798 cc in the previous models). Power output of 77 HP (57 kW) at 7500 rpm and 61.2 ft-lbs at 6000 rpm generated by the F750GS is more than adequate for most situations. While the F850GS unleashes the full power potential of the platform, generating 95 HP (70 kW) at 8250 rpm and 67.9 ft-lbs at 6250 rpm.

BMW F850GS and F750GS engine

Developers also achieved a soulful sounding exhaust note by employing a crankshaft with a 90 degree journal offset and a 270/450 degree firing interval. Unwanted vibrations are absorbed by the new engine’s two counterbalance shafts. A self-amplifying, anti-hopping clutch provides a discernible reduction in the hand clutch operating force while the drop in engine drag torque also enhances safety on the road. Power transmission to the rear wheel comes from the 6-speed gearbox with chain drive that is now positioned on the left-hand side.

Advanced Electronics

BMW F850GS and F850GS dash

The new GS models address individual rider requirements by offering ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ riding modes, while the combination of BMW Motorrad ABS and the ASC automatic stability control ensures a high level of safety. The F850GS and F750GS can be fitted with optional equipment, such as Pro riding modes and in turn the additional ‘Dynamic’, ‘Enduro’ and ‘Enduro Pro’ riding modes (the latter only available in the F850GS) as well as the DTC dynamic traction control and lean-angle sensing ABS Pro.

Improved Chassis Design

The bridge frame of the new GS models in the F series is made of deep-drawn, welded components. It integrates the 2-cylinder in-line engine as a stressed member and offers benefits in terms of torsional rigidity and robustness. The fuel tank has been placed in the classic position between the seat bench and the steering head, for optimized packaging and an improved center of gravity.

New Sharper GS Styling

BMW F850GS adventure motorcycle

The F750GS and F850GS also feature a completely new look with a more dynamic and masculine design. 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 F850GS and places particular emphasis on its off-road capabilities.

Optional equipment and BMW Motorrad Accessories

The new GS models of the F series are being launched with a range of equipment options that is impressive for the middleweight Adventure segment. Be it the different seat heights and windshields, the new full LED headlight, the optional Connectivity equipment with TFT display or eCall, the list of fascinating features with which owners can maximize their riding enjoyment and safety as well as experience the thrill of the road, is now better than ever.

BMW F850GS and F750GS Highlights:

BMW F850GS and F750GS adventure motorcycle

• Powerful 2-cylinder in-line engine with a displacement of 853 cc.
• Pleasing engine note produced by firing interval of 270°/450°.
• New, steel bridge frame in monocoque construction for increased precision.
• New telescopic fork/upside-down telescopic fork
• Double-sided aluminium swinging arm with central spring strut.
• ABS, ASC plus ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ riding modes included as standard.
• Pro riding modes with ABS Pro and dynamic brake light, DTC & new ride modes.
• ESA electronic suspension adjustment available as optional equipment.
• A self-amplifying, anti-hopping clutch with reduced hand clutch operating force.
• Full LED headlight including LED daytime running light as optional equipment.
• Connectivity with multi-functional instrument cluster and 6.5″ color TFT display.
• Intelligent emergency call function now offered as optional equipment.
• Optimized off-road and travel ability plus improved wind & weather protection.
• Sharper GS profile resulting from new design.
• New color concepts and style variations Rallye and Exclusive.
• Optional equipment includes: Keyless Ride, Gear shift assistant Pro, Dynamic ESA, eCall, Connectivity and more.

2018 BMW F850GS and F750GS Specs

Engine Type: Liquid-cooled 8 valve, DOHC, in-line twin
Displacement: 853cc
Bore & Stroke: 84 x 77mm
Max. Power Output: F750GS: 77 HP @ 7500rpm; F850GS: 95 HP @ 8250rpm
Max. Torque: F750GS: 61.2 ft-lbs @ 6000rpm; F850GS: 67.9 ft-lbs @ 6250rpm
Compression: 12.7:1
Clutch: Multiplate wet clutch (anti-hopping), mechanically controlled
Gearbox: Constant-Mesh 6 speed
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Frame Type: Steel bridge frame in monocoque design, load-bearing engine
Suspension (front): F750GS: 41mm Telescopic Forks; F850GS: 43mm USD Forks
Suspension Travel (front): F750GS: 5.9 in. (151mm); F850GS: 8.0 in. (204mm)
Suspension (rear): Aluminum double-sided swing arm, directly mounted, preload and rebound damping adjustable (Dynamic ESA option)
Suspension Travel (rear): F750GS: 7.0 in. (177mm); F850GS: 8.6 in. (219mm)
Brakes Front: Hydraulically activated 305 mm twin disc brake, 2-piston floating caliper
Brakes Rear: Hydraulically activated 265 mm single disc brake, 1-piston floating caliper
Tires Front: F750GS: 110/80-19; F850GS: 90/90-21
Tires Rear: 150/70-17
Wheels Front: F750GS: Cast aluminum 19 x 2.5 in.; F850GS: Cross-spoke 21 x 2.15 in.
Wheels Rear: F750GS: Cast aluminum 17 x 4.25 in.; F850GS: Cross-spoke 17 x 4.25 in.
Seat Height Options: F750GS: 30.3-32.7 in. (770-830 mm); F850GS: 32.1-35.0 in. (815-890 mm)
Width (incl. mirrors): 36.3 in. (922 mm)
Length: 88.8 in. (2,255 mm)
Wheelbase: F750GS: 61.4 in. (1,559 mm); F850GS: 62.7 in. (1,593 mm)
Wet Weight: F750GS: 494 lbs. (224 kg); F850GS: 505 lbs. (229 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 4.0 US Gallons (15 liters)
Fuel consumption: 57.4 mpg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: F750GS: 4.1 seconds; F850GS: 3.8 seconds
Top Speed: F750GS: 118 mph (190 kp/h); F850GS: > 125 mph (200 kp/h)
Color Options: F750GS: Light White, Austin Yellow, Stereo Metallic Matt; F850GS: Racing Red, Pollux Metallic Matt, GS Rallye Light White

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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November 7, 2017 1:44 pm

Heavy! 505 lbs wet for the 850, 494 for the 750. And… where’s the cruise control??? I think they’re ugly too… the “beak” look is awful. But I’ve never been a fan of BMW’s GS bikes anyway.

Sage Barton
Sage Barton
July 19, 2019 6:59 pm
Reply to  RobG

so why comment at all….slow day in the rhetoric department

cruise control left side handle by throttle(duh)

Like saying ugly goatee, and mustache and I do not like goatee and mustache anyway

Sal Chichon
Sal Chichon
November 7, 2017 5:23 pm

Looks like Honda put everyone on alert with the CRF1000L. It’s nice to see all these competitors to the Africa Twin because it means choice for us!

December 6, 2017 4:31 pm
Reply to  Sal Chichon

How are you going to fix a flat out in the dirt on the Honda. They need to put tubeless tire on it before I’ll consider the Honda. BMW has had them since the GS1100 of 1994! But I suppose if you just ride the road it’s no big deal. Cheers.¡

November 7, 2017 7:07 pm

Well……they moved the tank to the front for better balance (but years ago they said, the back was best). They added a 270 degree crank (hmmmmm….who already had that)? They have gold rims as options (hmmm……who put gold rims on a bike two years ago?! I never thought I say this being that I came from a BMW, but Honda about made BMW and KTM look like a laughing stock with styling, usability, value for money. Sorry but this new 850GS looks like a MESS!

November 8, 2017 8:43 am

Loving everything about this new bike – all the great additions are so exciting. Except the weight. It’s fully 75 lbs heavier than my 650 Sertao and only ~30lbs lighter than a 1200 GS. It gained 30 lbs from the 800. Sigh. Likely a deal breaker for me.

Stephen Fischer
Stephen Fischer
November 9, 2017 8:53 am

Yeah these changes don’t look like a net positive: Heavier, reduced suspension travel, potentially higher center of gravity with the new tank position. Personally I don’t see much that would motivate an upgrade from my current F800GSA.

November 13, 2017 8:03 pm

The sound like great improvements to a now long in the tooth venerable bike. That said, BMW really needs to work out a better naming/numbering for their models. Numbers should imply CC or Cubic Inch displacement… period unless you’re call it a Series 200D, etc.

Andy N
Andy N
November 18, 2017 4:30 pm

On my second BMW but there wont be a third at this rate, for us short on stature we are limited to bike choice of new 750 or 800 street. The 750 is vastly limited on power compared to the competition and requires more money to get simliar specs, and still cannot get usd forks on it to bring it up to date. The 800 naked looks very bland and not the most entertaing ride out there. If this is your best for the future then you will lose customers and not get new ones onboard, surely you are not capable of learning jusy look how many have returned or exchanged to other makes their S1000XRs because of bad vibes, please go back to design school and stop relying on the Boxer to carry you.

Tony Yeley
Tony Yeley
August 15, 2023 4:45 am
Reply to  Andy N

I had a ’12 F650GS (798cc) and now have a ’19 F750GS. The difference is incredible. I love the cruise and the TFT display. I’m 5’3″ (160cm) and with the low seat it is doable. I do not have the low suspension, but may buy the HyperPro lowering springs. Compared to the ’12 this has plenty of power.


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