German bike maker BMW Motorrad has launched its middleweight F750 GS and F850 GS models in India. They will slot in between the soon to be launch G 310 GS which forms the entry-level GS model and the R 1200 GS motorbike which is the most powerful version of the BMW’s adventure focused GS range.
Prices before options start at ₹12.2 lakh for the F750GS and ₹13.7 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the more powerful F850GS respectively. Both models feature sharper styling, new technology, a monocoque frame and a bigger 853cc, twin-cylinder engine – an upgrade from their 798cc predecessors, the F700 GS and F800 GS. In the F750 this parallel-twin engine is tuned to make 77hp and 83Nm of torque, while in the F850 these figures stand at 85hp and 92Nm respectively.
Both bikes will also feature an all-new monocoque frame with new suspension geometry and fuel tank position which has moved from the previous under-seat position to a conventional location behind the bars. Suspension-wise the F750 GS and F850 GS get new forks upfront (an upside-down 43mm one in the case of the F850 and a 41mm telescopic unit for the F750). While rear suspension duties are handled by an aluminium double-sided swing-arm and a monoshock. Both bikes come with ABS, ASC, and ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ riding modes as standard.
Riders can opt for BMW’s electronic suspension adjustment (ESA) on both models. Other optional equipment includes full-LED lighting and a multi-functional instrument cluster.
Deliveries for both bikes will commence by mid-2018 and both are CBU imports. The two models will compete with the Triumph Tiger 800 (and its internationally updated version, soon to arrive in India).