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BMW F850 GS [2018-2019]

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

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 12,97,482

BMW F850 GS [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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BMW F850 GS [2018-2019] Summary

F850 GS [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 853 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 229 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres

About F850 GS [2018-2019]

BMW's R1200 GS is the bike adventurer tourers want - it has a reputation for being unbreakable yet manageable. However, with large displacement comes a large price tag, and that's what the F750 and F850 hope to correct. They aim to bring BMW's adventure-touring segment to a wider audience thanks to their lower price point. The F850 is the more off-road focused of the two, with 93bhp from its 853cc parallel twin engine. You get spoke rims, knuckle guards, fork protectors and a windscreen taller than the F750's. The tyres, as expected are on/off road spec. Among the features are LED headlamps and a 6.5-inch TFT colour display for the instruments. As befits a BMW, there is a full electronics package available including ABS, traction control, cruise control, quickshifter, and five riding modes, including an 'Enduro Pro' mode that tunes the electronics for the best response on dirt.

The F850 has three variants for the Indian market: Standard, Pro Low Suspension, and Pro. The ‘Dynamic’ and ‘Enduro Pro’ riding modes are standard on the two ‘Pro’ variants.
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BMW F850 GS [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Peppy mid and top end acceleration 
    • Comfortable ergonomics for seating and standing position
    • Absorbs road undulations with ease
  • Could be Better

    • Premium price tag
    • Tyres could have more grip
    • Limited dealership reach

BikeWale's Take

The BMW F850 GS is a near-perfect adventure tourer which makes its premium price tag look justified. While the worst of terrains can be conquered on it with ease, it can also be a great companion while munching miles. That is courtesy the bike’s potent motor, premium set of hardware and a long list of electronic aids. 

BMW F850 GS [2018-2019] Review

To be a member of the ‘GS’ family is no ordinary thing. In fact, in the world of adventure touring, GS has become something of a byword. 

Introduction

To be a member of the ‘GS’ family is no ordinary thing. In fact, in the world of adventure touring, GS has become something of a byword. The credit for this fame goes to BMW’s R1200GS – a motorcycle that has been used to traverse the backroads of the world by many thrill-seekers. It has even found a place in popular culture with food and travel shows like The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook and Feasting on Asphalt. But over the last few years, many adventurers have been seeking something smaller, a bike that won’t empty their bank accounts but not scrimp on the fun either. The F800GS did the exact same thing, but it started to feel the heat of competition when the new Honda Africa Twin and the Triumph Tiger were launched. To counter that, the German brand decided to bring the F850GS along with the F750GS. Both bikes have now been launched in India. And what’s more, it’s at a time when there has been a big demand for middle-weight adventure touring bikes. But timing isn’t the only thing that BMW has got right. 

Quality

The Germans know a thing or two about making high quality products, and it’s the same story with their bikes. The F850GS comes with really good plastic. The fit and finish is top notch, just like the overall build quality. The frame has been welded properly. There’s not a single instance of shoddy work. A quick look-and-touch on the switchgear shows the amount of effort that has gone into making a high quality product. The paint and the sticker job is simply top-class. 

Comfort

After days of riding on the F850GS, one thing is clear. The comfort aspect has been well taken care of. The seating triangle has made the ergonomics much better, even for stand-up riding. The handlebar is wide and is set at a perfect height. The seat is wide and well cushioned but is situated at a height of 860mm, thus making it slightly difficult for shorter riders. Unfortunately, there’s no way to adjust the seat height. During off-road riding, the F850GS feels natural. It’s easy to hold on to the tank, and a rider can stay that way for hours. The footpegs are large and that means it provides lots of place to adjust the feet. For a motorcycle this size and at this price bracket, the F850GS fails to get a large windscreen and adjustable one. The current one is small, and doesn’t work much at high speeds. On the other hand, it does a fabulous job off-road as the small screen makes it easy to spot any obstacles. 

Performance

The new 853cc parallel twin churns out around 90bhp and peak torque of 86Nm. But is this enough for a motorcycle that weighs almost 224kg? We think so! At idle, this BMW isn’t quiet. It emits a throaty sound, thanks to the 270-degree firing order. Twist the throttle and the buttery smooth engine makes you grin. The vibrations are controlled, thanks to the usage of dual counter balancers. This motor offers plenty of grunt, but the mid-range is where most of the drama lies.

The F850GS is one of the best ADVs I have ever ridden off-road. Its confidence inspiring traits, and the perfect ergonomics always spell a day of fun on dirt trails. Even with its weight, which is nearly 230kgs, the bike feels well balanced, and doesn’t feel out of place in tight turns. Good ground clearance and suspension travel means that this is a perfect bike to learn the jumps. Even sliding the bike is a piece of cake. The enduro pro riding mode gives enough room to go a little overboard with the bike. But thanks to the electronics, it still remains safe to do so. The 21-inch front and 17-inch wheel combination help the bike cross some obstacles effortlessly. 

On the road, the F850GS is quite decent. The bike might look a bit intimidating at first, but the narrow waist line and wide handlebar provide comfort. The commanding riding position is a big boon for city use. It helps in filtering through heavy traffic. On the highway, the bike is very stable at high speeds. But going through fast corners requires a little more effort than usual. The turn-ins don’t feel natural either, primarily due to the long trail.  

The brakes are fantastic. It sheds the speed instantly, and brings the 229kg bike confidently to a stop. It’s the same story with the Michelin Anakee tyres. In fact, it was very surprising to see these rubbers perform so well off-road.

Technology

The F850GS is heavily loaded with top-of-the-line technologies. The Pro variant, which was tested out, gets the dynamic electronic suspension adjustment. This is where the damping of the rear suspension can be adjusted by using some buttons. The bike also gets the dynamic traction control system, cruise control along with three rider modes – dynamic, enduro and enduro pro.

The gear shift assistant pro is a part of this package as well. This German ADV is also equipped with a 6.5inch full colour TFT display that shows plenty of ride data. One of the major highlights of this bike is the all LED light system. This enhances the overall appeal of this ADV. 

Fuel Efficiency

The F850GS will go for about 300-340kms in one full tank. The 15-litres fuel tank capacity is quite decent for this middle-weight, so is the fuel efficiency of 22kmpl. Expect this figure to go down, in case you hit the trails, as the tyre pressure needs to be reduced for better grip and stability. 

Fitness of Purpose

The F850GS checks all the right boxes. It has a great motor, has technologies that will help you go to the other part of the world, and is a part of a brand that is quite desirable. It is also loaded with things that will make you and your partner reach a destination comfortably. It could be a great city tool, provided you are on the taller side. Shorter riders, on the other hand, might find it difficult to use this bike for daily commutes, thanks to the seat height.

Our Take

The BMW F850GS is one of the greatest adventure bikes ever made. Period. 

I know most of us will end up riding it on the road, most of the times, and that’s exactly why BMW has the F750GS. But when the road ends, the F850GS is what you need, and the adventure will continue for life. But there’s one problem – price. The Pro variant which we tested costs over Rs 19 lakhs on-road, and that’s a lot of money to pay. Unfortunately, its direct rival – the Triumph Tiger 800 XCA which was recently launched also demands the same kind of premium. It’s sad that such a brilliant ADV is beyond reach for most of us. But if you have that kind of money lying around, visit a BMW Motorrad showroom and bring one home soon. 

Indoor and outdoor photography by Kapil Angane

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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 15 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 --

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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

    Front Tyre Size 90/90 21

    Rear Tyre Size 150/70 R17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 265 mm

    Calliper Type Front-2 Piston Rear-Single Piston

    Front Wheel Size 21 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Spoke

    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 860 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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BMW F850 GS [2018-2019] User Reviews

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  • 4

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  •  5The dream 1 year ago by Niten, Bhubaneswar

    Bmw is my dream bike , i love it,When i was in 6th class i seen a man take ride from bmw bike it looks totally awesome and i daily wait for that to see that bike, one day the biker ask me why are you standing daily, i totally explain my dream and he take me on a ride, t

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    • Owned for

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    • Got mileage of

      60 kmpl

  •  5Review 2 years ago by Swarup, Bhubaneswar

    Absolutely a treat to ride this machine... Excellent riding comfort. Great control and the best part is it is a beast in a small pack. Trust me go for this baby instead of triumph tiger. You will never regret... A complete package of power, comfort and styling... A trea

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    • Used it for

      Tours

    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

  •  5I am addicted 3 years ago by Ajay Gaikwad, Pune

    I was impressed by this model for it's design, and now after riding thousands of km. I am addicted for this!!You won't feel like something is missing from this package.Good bike in price, build quality, feature, comfort, control. But also have some lacking with accessor

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    • Used it for

      Tours

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      125 kmpl

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