That said, not much has changed in terms of the F850 GS’s powertrain either. Yes, the 853cc, parallel-twin engine is now friendlier to the environment by complying with Euro5/BS6 norms, but its performance figures remain the same. The 2022 F850 GS continues to offer 95bhp and 92Nm with the slight rumble in its exhaust note intact.
The motor boasts of a strong low and mid-range, particularly in the 3000-5500rpm range. On the smooth winding roads of Thekkady, the 850 GS managed to deliver enough juice in third gear to keep us grinning each time the throttle was twisted. And since we were riding on ‘Road’ mode, the suspension had stiffened up a bit, making the ride sporty. However, even on the bad patches, which were a rarity, it never felt uncomfortable.
Speaking of which, the ‘comfort seat’ the motorcycle is fitted with as standard, lives up to its name. It is plush in the right amount and as we found out, is guaranteed to keep your bottom happy even after a long day of riding. The comfort seat increases the height by 15mm, but it wouldn’t feel unnerving when having to place your feet on terra firma. Nonetheless, BMW is also offering a low seat option that drops the seat height to a very-manageable 835mm. While it isn’t as comfy as the standard comfort seat, it would be a boon for anyone under 5’7”.
On the off-road trails, it felt easy to stand up on the pegs and grip the tank. Now, the off-road section is where momentum and a smooth throttle are your best friends. Here too, the F850 GS proved to be a hoot to ride. It completed the entire trail in 2nd gear effortlessly, with the freedom and confidence the alterable Enduro Pro mode provides as a plus. It also feels quite manageable with a kerb weight of 233kg.
However, if I had to grumble, it would only be about the gearbox. The setup feels notchy, even with the quick-shifter installed and the lag while shifting through gears is something that could be improved.