Although it’s a road-focused motorcycle, it is still a GS. Hence we’ll split this section into two halves – road and off-road.
On the road, the F 750 GS is a complete delight. As soon as you get moving, the bike feels well-balanced and nimble in just a few minutes of riding. It lets you filter through traffic or take corners without breaking a sweat. The F 750 GS has a slightly acute turning radius compared to its off-road cousin with the added advantage of smaller wheels. The motorcycle features 19-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels shod with Bridgestone Battlax tyres that offer good grip to take on corners at higher speeds.
The F 750 GS is powered by an 853cc, parallel-twin mill which it shares with the F 850 GS. However, the power output varies between the two motorcycles. While there are no dimensional differences in the motor, BMW has used a different mapping for the F 750 GS. The motor is tuned to deliver a maximum power output of 75bhp and peak torque figure of 83Nm. That’s a straight 18bhp and 9Nm less than the F 850 GS. In the confines of the city, it is not much of a big deal as it does not require full power. And out on the highway, cruising at speeds of 120-130kph is easily manageable as the motor has enough grunt to pick up the pace when needed. The amount of power available for this middle-weight adventure motorcycle actually feels adequate, especially if you are a budding rider. The power delivery is smooth which builds as you cross the 5,000rpm mark. On gassing it hard, the tail does tend to step out a bit, with the Dynamic Traction Control kicking in things are still enjoyable as the bike continues to hold the line, making it rather enjoyable than scary. The brakes are good at shedding speeds on the road with a strong bite and good progression.
Off the road, the F 750 GS is quite a capable off-roader. It might not have spoke wheels, high ground clearance or long suspension travel, but it still manages to pull off some commendable moves. It sports telescopic forks up front that are non-adjustable and an adjustable monoshock at the rear with electronic damping and height adjustment (available only in Pro variant). With the Enduro mode selected, the rear tyre has lesser intervention from the traction control system while the throttle response is softer allowing better control on uneven surfaces.
The narrow waistline of the motorcycle lets you comfortably hold the tank with the knees when standing. Even the handlebar is high enough, preventing unnecessary forward bending. One can easily stand upright on the motorcycle in comfort and tackle off-road terrains without much stress. Since the bike is more road-focused, the brakes can be a bit sharp for off-road conditions which can take some time to get accustomed with.