• BMW is busy testing their brand-new F850GS for an eminent launch soon

  • Will get TFT instrumentation picked from the R1200GS
  • Studded tires keep ADV levels high
  • LED lightnings all around

The bike was snapped testing in full production ready outfit

The BMW GS adventure series of motorcycles have become quite a reminiscent name in the segment of premium enduro bikes in the country, and they are the bestselling range of motorcycles for the Bavarian company.

For 2018, BMW will be launching a brand-new GS motorcycle that will replace the F800GS. It will be powered by the Bavarian’s 853cc engine and is set to set new benchmarks in the midweight ADV category. Folks at Morebikes managed to capture the bike undergoing final endurance tests in Greece with the bike in full production form.

The F800GS and F800GS Adventure motorcycles have till date showcasing the best of engineering prowess in the segment of enduro motorcycles, and at the same time, it takes forward the legacy of the almost 35-year-old ‘GS’ nameplate, which was initiated with the R 80 GS back in 1980.

Taking that very notion forward will be the all-new 2018 F850GS that will have a brand new motor running under the hood which should see a powerband that peaks out close to 100 hp and make 65 lb-ft of torque. The engine may also feature a 270-degree firing order to make it sound and feel like the V-twins. It will have dual counterbalancers making operation smooth and will be mated to a six-speed transmission with a slipper clutch.

BMW is busy testing their brand-new F850GS for an eminent launch soon Screenshots / Gameplay
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LED lightnings all around

The test mule seen in the picture shows shoulder style fairings with wings having cooling holes on them right in front of the rider’s knee. At the front, the bike gets taller windshield to increase rider’s comfort levels in worst of weather conditions. LED lights all around make way here to keep things fresh and exciting.

We reckon that this mule is the ‘F850GS Adventure’ model that gets kitted with accessories like the aluminum panniers and auxiliary lights at the front. The engine compartments also gets a protective cage to prevent damage in the event of a fall. At the rear, the bike gets Touratech-style metal panniers

BMW is busy testing their brand-new F850GS for an eminent launch soon Screenshots / Gameplay
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Will get TFT instrumentation
picked from the R1200GS

To become lightweight, the 850 will have an aluminum chassis instead of the steel one present currently on the 800 (which we have to confirm only once the bike is launched) and will continue to carry the 21-inch front and 18-inch rear still marking it as a capable off-roader.

The dash also sees a major reform with the 850 ditching the old analog-LCD panel to a new state of the art TFT instrument cluster seen first on the R1200GS recently. It can also connect to your smartphone device via Bluetooth to enhance many possibilities for your ride.

BMW is busy testing their brand-new F850GS for an eminent launch soon Screenshots / Gameplay
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Studded tires keep ADV levels high

Although not many details are out, BMW will make sure to equip this with modern mechanical units for both suspension and brakes along with the already existing tech features like Ride-by-Wire, riding modes, ABS, ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) and ASC (Automatic Stability Control). Stay tuned with us, and we will keep you updated more on further developments.

BMW will also launch a new 750GS replacing the 700GS and will carry the same 853cc engine with a different state of tune. Both bikes get a new design, a new frame, and new suspension. Both bikes are compact and lightweight and will offer a slightly smaller alternative to big adventure touring bikes available in the market right now.

Source: MoreBikes

Sagar Patil
Sagar Patil
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