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ADV BikesBMW’s Replacement for the F800GS Gets Spied!

BMW’s Replacement for the F800GS Gets Spied!

Aging BMW F800GS getting complete overhaul from the ground up for 2018?

Published on 04.13.2017

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.

Adventure Motorcycle

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.

It is speculated the spied bike (left) will be called the F900GS, shown here next to the current F800GS (right).


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.

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Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, North Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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7 thoughts on “BMW’s Replacement for the F800GS Gets Spied!

  1. Lighter? I sold my 2015 f800gs Adventure because it was too heavy for any kind of unpaved road. However if they shave 50 pounds I’ll buy another.

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