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BMW F 850 GS Adventure [2018-2019]

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Key specs
  • Displacement853 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight229 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 15,40,000

BMW F 850 GS Adventure [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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BMW F 850 GS Adventure [2018-2019] Summary

F 850 GS Adventure [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 853 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 229 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 23 litres
Seat Height 875 mm
Max Power 92.5 bhp

BMW F 850 GS Adventure [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Large 21 litres fuel tank capacity
    • Equipped with top-spec electronics
    • Excellent off-road, on-road
  • Could be Better

    • Price is on the higher side
    • Difficult to ride in city with full tank
    • Misses out on adjustable front suspension

BikeWale's Take

The F850GS Adventure is a hardcore adventure motorcycle from BMW. The bike has been designed to take some really difficult terrains. With its large ground clearance, potent motor and great electronics, the F850GS Adventure is possibly one of the best ADVs in the market. But due to its BMW tag, the bike is expensive and has limited service reach as well. 

BMW F 850 GS Adventure [2018-2019] Review

This is the BMW F850 GS Adventure. The more expensive, the more purposeful, and as it turns out, the more desirable twin of the regular F850.

Introduction

Pros: Torquey, Comfortable, easy to ride, and great off the road

Cons: Standard tyres are not the best for on or off-road, price 

This is the BMW F850 GS Adventure. The more expensive, the more purposeful, and as it turns out, the more desirable twin of the regular F850. The Adventure costs almost Rs 19.5 lakhs on the road in Mumbai, that’s nearly Rs 3 lakhs more than the standard F850, which is already an expensive proposition. But, here’s the thing – if the F850 GSA turned out to be all the motorcycle you’d ever need – the asking price, though still steep, won’t seem as prohibitive now, would it?

Quality

For the price it's marked at, the 850 GSA better deliver top-notch quality and materials. And it does. From the seat, to the switchgear, to the handle grips, everything looks and feels expensive and well engineered. The switchgear in particular – be it the buttons, the toggles, or the dials that work the fancy instrumentation – exudes the sort of engineering finesse which is so tactile that you want to keep pushing and toggling away at it unnecessarily. 

Then, there are the upside-down front forks and the spoked wheels. These are both finished in expensive and desirable looking gold. Even the paint quality, the finish to the welds, and the aluminium bits and bobs, all radiate an aura of premiumness that helps hugely towards accepting the motorcycle’s price tag. I like the knuckle guards too. These not only give the rider’s hands enough and more space to maneuver around, these are also secured at two ends, making them sturdier.

Comfort

It might be the Adventure version of the F850, but the GSA still has an accessible seat height. It measures 875mm. But, add the narrow waist of the motorcycle to the equation, and it becomes easier for the rider to put his or her feet firmly on the ground. You can also have it lowered to 835mm and 815mm. The latter would need some suspension tweaks though. Having said that, the pillion seat height might get in the way of short riders when they try and swing their leg over. It’s best then to just stand on the pegs and mount.

Once seated, the footpegs feel neutral. These aren’t rear or forward set, and even the height is well judged to ensure the rider’s knees don’t ride high. The handlebar too feels to be just the right height and distance from the rider’s seat. For someone of my height (5’9”), my arms remain bent and parallel to the ground making it easy for me to steer the bike. The handlebar is wide too which only adds to its easy-steering nature by adding leverage. But yes, taller riders might find the handlebar a little low, particularly whilst standing up and riding.

The seat is cushy and supportive too. We spent long hours in the saddle riding and shooting, and even at the end of the day, we didn’t experience a sore bottom. The ride quality is fantastic too on the F850 GSA. And, it doesn’t matter what surface you ride on. Not only does it iron out the undulations, bumps and potholes, even broken tarmac, road joints or patchwork doesn’t bother it. No matter how poor the road, the GSA suppresses it all as if these were pimples and not mound holes. 

Performance

The F850 GS Adventure uses the same engine as the regular F850. The parallel twin still displaces 853cc, and the output figures at 95bhp and 92Nm remain impressive. On the road, it’s immediately evident that the GSA lays this torque thick and flat. 

Open the throttle with gusto from around 3,000rpm, and the F850 gets going like a soldier following a drill command. The acceleration is instant, crisp, and seamless. 100kmph comes and goes in a jiffy. And, if you don’t rein-in your right wrist, don’t be surprised to see 150kmph in equally quick time. 

The engine is an easy revving one too. It spins up with the effortlessness of a graceful Kathak dancer. And, it doesn’t let up till it bangs off the limiter at 9,000rpm. What’s more, there’s no letting up of power either until the engine hits the redline. And because the engine sounds so good when revved, it’s hard not to give it the beans, all the time. 

But, if you choose to ride sensibly, the GSA sits at under 4,000rpm in 6th gear at 100kmph. Doing so also helps the motorcycle return over 20kmpl giving it a range of over 450km. Factor in the rock-like straight-line stability – no matter how hard the cross winds – and the GSA makes for a lovely long distance touring companion. It’s happy whilst cornering too. But, that 21-inch front wheel and the lazier steering geometry means, it does need more effort to turn it in, and it doesn’t feel the most connected when leaned over.

But, it’s off the road, that the GSA impresses most. Now, we aren’t fans of the bike’s stock tyres. These don’t work too well on the road, and even off-road, the grip isn’t as good as one would like, especially if you are an off-roading noob. But, it’s the near neutral balance, the large front wheel, the forgiving suspension, the crisp throttle response, and the accessible torque that make the F850 GS Adventure such a hoot off-road.

It’s easy to make U-turns with. It won’t go into a tank slapper or spit you off like chewed gum if you misjudge a crest. It will ride the ripples, the ruts, and take you into a dusty, slushy or gravelly sunset all year, every year. And when you switch to Enduro mode, it will allow you to play with its rear end too! A little slip here, and a little slide there. But, nothing too dramatic.

For that, one needs to switch to Enduro Pro. Unfortunately, it can only be done at the dealership. And since we didn’t remember this crucial bit, Enduro is all we got, off-road.

Technology

There’s no dearth of technology or features on the F850 GSA. You have riding modes – Rain, Road, Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro. There’s stability control; a slipper clutch to prevent the rear from hopping around; a quickshifter to make seamless, on-the-gas upshifts; adjustable clutch and brake levers for better control; an off-road friendly foot brake lever; an adjustable windshield; wider and off-road friendly serrated rider footpegs; and a fancy, full-colour instrumentation which throws up so much information, even the NASA guys might find it daunting! Check out the gallery to see all that the instrument console has to offer.

Fuel Efficiency

As we mentioned earlier, when ridden sedately, particularly on the highway, the F850 GSA can return over 20kmpl, which gives it a handsome range of over 450km. But, when ridden normally – or at least normally for a motorcycle that has an addictive slab of torque screaming out to be used, the F850 returned 15.6kmpl in the city. And as we see it, it would be a crime not to use that entire tempting grunt, all the time!

Fitness of Purpose

With Adventure in its name, the GSA clearly only has one job – to be a good ADV. Actually, if we factor in the price, we’d need to upgrade ‘good’ to ‘great’. So, is it? It is! The F850 GSA is brilliant off-road. It is also equally apt at touring. And as we found out when battling both Mumbai and Pune traffic, it’s actually quite good at commuting too – easy to pick gaps with, enough grunt to keep you ahead of trouble, and it doesn’t heat up. Just don’t go thinking it’s an Activa, because all said and done, it’s still a tall and wide ADV. 

Our Take

Is the BMW F850 GS Adventure all the motorcycle you need? In short, yes! It works off-road. You can tour on it. You can even commute on it, and without a bother, mind. It has comfortable ergos. You can carry along a pillion and lots of luggage. It has a plush ride. And it is packed to the gills with tech and features. 

Yes, you can’t use it on a racetrack, and it might not be the most enjoyable to ride even on your favourite winding road. It could also do with better tyres. But, that’s just nitpicking, because the F850 GS Adventure is brilliant. Period.

Photography by Kapil Angane 

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  •  5Comfortable suitable and unbelievable! 1 year ago by Colby Cluff, YSR District

    Amazing bike. Have been riding for a reasonable amount of time and can say i am more than satisfied. When i bought it it was almost brand new and had only 700 miles on it. This bike is great for literally everything and i have never had to change anything. The suspensio

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About F 850 GS Adventure [2018-2019]

The BMW F850 GS Adventure, like its name suggests, is based on the F850 GS. And the Adventure suffix not only defines the bike’s character but also adds equipment to make it even more capable off the road.

The F850 GS Adventure follows a styling similar to the F850 GS although with redesigned bodywork. The front ‘beak’ is wider and the bike also sports wind deflectors, a tall-windscreen, redesigned radiator shrouds along with a larger luggage rack and engine guard. Furthermore, BMW has equipped the F850 GS Adventure with a 23-litre fuel tank that is eight litres bigger than the unit on the standard bike. The weight of the bike has also increased and it has a kerb weight of 244kg; 15kg heavier than the F850 GS.

The motorcycle rides on spoke wheels; a 21-inch front and 17-inch rear shod with dual-purpose rubber. The suspension hardware on the F850 GS Adventure has been tuned to offer more travel. While the inverted forks have 230mm of travel, the monoshock at the rear offer 215mm of suspension travel. There is no difference in terms of powertrain and the F850 GS Adventure is powered by the same 853cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor as the F850 GS. This unit churns out 95bhp of power and 92Nm of torque and comes mated to a six-speed gearbox.

In terms of its electronics, the F850 GS Adventure comes with ABS, ASC (Automatic Stability Control), traction control and two riding modes. The motorcycle also gets a 6.5-inch Bluetooth enabled TFT display and LED lighting for the tail lamp, headlamp and turn signals.

BMW is offering the motorcycle in the top-spec ‘Pro’ version and Rallye colour scheme which consists of blue and silver with golden wheels. As for competition, the BMW F850 GS Adventure competes against the Triumph Tiger 800 XCA in India.
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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 92.5 bhp @ 8,250 rpm

    Max Torque 92 Nm @ 6,250 rpm

    Cooling System Water Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 853 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 84 mm

    Stroke 77 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 12.7 : 1

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Wet, Multiple Disc

    Fuel Delivery System Electronic Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 23 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 3.5 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed 197 Kmph

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Switchable ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 305 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 150/70 R17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 265 mm

    Calliper Type Front-2 Piston Rear-Single Piston

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Wheel Size 21 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 90/90 21

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Telescopic Fork

    Rear Suspension Cast Aluminium Dual Swing Arm

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 229 kg

    Overall Length 2,305 mm

    Overall Width 922 mm

    Wheelbase 1,593 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 875 mm

    Overall Height 1,356 mm

    Chassis Type Bridge Type Frame

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

Battery12 V / 10 Ah, Maintenance Free

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Taillamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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