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The New BMW F 850 GS Adventure

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – November 16, 2018… For more than ten years, the BMW Motorrad F series GS models have embodied the premium range in the mid-class travel and adventure enduro segment. High-level touring capability, absolute long-distance suitability, sporty dynamic riding and superior off-road competence are all part of its outstanding qualities.

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Woodcliff Lake, NJ – November 16, 2018 For more than ten years, the BMW Motorrad F series GS models have embodied the premium range in the mid-class travel and adventure enduro segment. High-level touring capability, absolute long-distance suitability, sporty dynamic riding and superior off-road competence are all part of its outstanding qualities.


Following the launch of the newly developed BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS last month, the new F 850 GS Adventure further expands the premium BMW Motorrad range in this segment. Based on the dynamic and off-road-oriented character of the F 850 GS, the new F 850 GS Adventure ideally unites agility and touring capability as well as increased off-road competence and outstanding long-distance qualities. Like the legendary BMW boxer-twin GS Adventure role models, the new F 850 GS Adventures now offers dedicated travel enduro riders, off-road oriented touring riders and globetrotters the perfect companion in the mid-range segment for exploring the remote corners of the planet by motorcycle.


New, powerful and refined 2-cylinder in-line engine with 90-degree crankpin offset and 270/450 degree ignition spacing.


The developers achieved a powerful and emotionally appealing sound by employing a crankshaft with a 90-degree crankpin offset and 270/450 degree ignition spacing. Vibrations are absorbed by the new engine’s two counterbalance shafts. A self-amplifying, anti-hopping clutch not only provides a discernible reduction in the hand clutch operating force but also enhances safety on the road by decreasing engine braking. Power transmission to the rear wheel comes from the six-speed gearbox with secondary chain drive that is now positioned on the left-hand side.



The standard “Road” and “Rain” ride modes, plus ABS and ASC, ensure plenty of riding enjoyment and enhanced safety as standard.   Ride Modes Pro is available as optional equipment.


The new F850 GS Adventure addresses individual rider requirements by offering “Rain” and “Road” ride modes as standard, while the combination of BMW Motorrad ABS and the ASC automatic stability control ensure a high level of safety. The F 850 GS Adventure can also be fitted with factory options such as Ride Modes Pro, and in turn the additional “Dynamic”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” ride modes as well as the DTC dynamic traction control and cornering-optimized ABS Pro.


New tubular steel bridge frame, optimized suspension geometry and new positioning of the 6 gallon fuel tank.


The bridge frame of the new F 850 GS Adventure is made of deep-drawn, welded components. It integrates the two-cylinder in-line engine as a co-supporting element and offers the benefits of torsional rigidity and robustness. The fuel tank has been placed in the classic position between the seat and the steering head, for optimized packaging and an improved center of gravity. In the F 850 GS Adventure, it holds over 6 gallons and permits a range of more than 345 miles in combination with the model’s low fuel consumption resulting in 57+ mpg.


Sharper, even more masculine Adventure design, optimized ergonomics and increased globetrotter suitability.

New, more masculine body design emphasizes the F 850 GS Adventure’s globetrotter suitability. A larger windshield, which can be adjusted in two stages, as well as hand protectors, provide increased wind and weather protection. Wide enduro footrests, adjustable shift and foot brake levers as well as engine protection bars and a stainless steel luggage rack round off the F 850 GS Adventure’s standard equipment. In addition to Ice Grey paint, the new F 850 GS Adventure is available with an Exclusive Style package with Granite Grey Metallic paint or aRally Style package with Lupin Blue Metallic paint.


Unique range of optional equipment and accessories.

The new F 850 GS Adventure is being launched with a range of equipment options that is unique for the mid-class segment.  These include:  different seat heights, such as the bench seat two-up riding (corresponds to standard F 850 GS bench seat); saddle bag mounts for aluminum cases; a new standard full LED headlight as well as an optional LED style element within the headlight; the Connectivity equipment with 6.5 inch full-color TFT display; and more. The list of options to make the most of your riding enjoyment and thrill of the open road is unsurpassed for mid-range touring enduro motorcycles.

The highlights of the new BMW F 850 GS Adventure:

  • Powerful two-cylinder in-line engine with a displacement of 853 cc and

90 hp (66 kW) at 8,000 rpm and 63 lb-ft (86 Nm) of torque at 6,250 rpm.

  • Powerful, emotional sound due to crankshaft with 90-degree crankpin offset and 270/450-degree ignition spacing.
  • New steel bridge frame for increased robustness and riding precision.
  • New upside-down telescopic fork plus two-sided aluminum swing arm with central spring strut for an even more precise response.
  • ABS, ASC and the “Rain” and “Road” ride modes as standard.
  • Optional Ride Modes Pro with ABS Pro, DTC and the new ride modes “Dynamic”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro”.
  • Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as an optional equipment item.
  • New onboard electrical system with more powerful alternator and starter.
  • LED headlamp as standard.
  • Optional LED Style Element
  • Connectivity with multifunctional instrument cluster including 6.5-inch full-color TFT screen and numerous features as an optional equipment feature.
  • Outstanding off-road and travel characteristics along with improved wind and weather protection.
  • Optimized ergonomics, especially for dedicated off-road riding.
  • 6 gal (23 liter) fuel tank for a range of over 345 miles.
  • Enhanced GS Adventure profile due to new design.
  • New colors along with the two new style options – Rally and Exclusive.
  • A range of optional equipment and accessories that is unique in the middle class.


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BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; technology offices in Silicon Valley and Chicago, and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is the BMW Group global center of competence for BMW X models and manufactures the X3, X4, X5, and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles.  The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 346 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 127 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.


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