By Bruce Cole
The 2019 F750GS and F850GS are BMW Motorrad’s new, anxiously awaited, but behind schedule new release models replacing the original F650 and F700/F800 series motorcycles.
The somewhat larger (853cc vice 798cc) engine with revised crankshaft offset, timing and balancing changes now produces 95Hp vice 85 and torque is 92Nm vice 83; the changes provide a far stronger and responsive motor.
While weight is up, chassis, suspension, and component changes make for a far more stable machine compared to the F800 motorcycles – progress is good.
Overall First Impressions
- Motor – “strong like bull”, arm pulling power across the band
- Buzzing/vibration virtually non-existent
- Chassis/suspension/component changes form a very stable well-handling machine
- 21in front wheel stable at all speeds/surfaces
- LED headlights and tail/brake lights
- Aluminum cross-spoke rims, tubeless
- Electronic packages enhance the experience
- Familiar size, layout, and function regarding current F-series motorcycles
- Slimming lines, narrow rider area and back subframe facilitating accessory mounting
- Heavier, gain mitigated through chassis, suspension and component changes
- Factory packages and equipment options add significantly to the base price
- Centre mount fuel cell only 15L (incl reserve)
- Non-adjustable windscreen
- Rallye variant should have more endure bit-n-pieces as standard equipment
- Some low-rpm remapping needed
A Dilemma in the Making
What we have here is an evolving but acknowledged dilemma… created knowingly in owning many Beemers of all sizes over many years, including an original F 800 GS and recently a treasured F 800 GSA that was originally slated as a trade for a new F 850 GS or GSA; the former now seriously overdue and the latter becoming a serious contender given timelines.
In the interim, a 2018 Triumph Tiger 800Xca fills the mid-displacement (small GS) gap quite nicely; in fact, it’s causing the dilemma. The Tiger is one darn fine motorcycle and thoughts of retaining it while still investing in an F 850 are gaining traction…
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