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BMW Motorrad’s F-series GS line just got even better

Better power-to-weight ratio and components

The parallel-twin GS bikes get meaningful updates. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD

BMW’s parallel-twin-powered GS bikes have always had a bit of a middle-child syndrome. Neither inexpensive like the G310 GS nor ‘endgame’ prestigious like the R1250 GS/GSA, the GS F750/850 duo haven’t quite gotten the love that they deserve that’s similarly accorded other middleweight offerings like the Yamaha Ténéré 700 or the KTM 790 Adventure.

They also have this bit of a “girl’s bike” image among toxic macho riders’ circles that somehow discounts its many virtues: punchy engines with a characterful exhaust note, handier curb weight compared to the heavyweight R1250, and excellent ergonomics for all-day riding. These are all things any rider—regardless of gender—would appreciate.

It'll be tough choosing between these two. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD

Perhaps cognizant of this reality (and of the platform’s off-road potential), BMW Motorrad has just given the F-series a significant upgrade. The biggest has to do with an increase in engine displacement and a corresponding bump in power.

An Enduro Pro engine mode can be unlocked for the F900 GS. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD

The 270° parallel-twin now displaces 895cc, up 42cc from the previous model. Power is up 10hp in all models, now rated at 105hp in the newly christened F900 GS and F900 GS Adventure, and 87hp in the F800 (replacing the F750). Standard riding modes are Rain and Road, as well as ABS Pro and Dynamic Traction Control.

Fully adjustable Showa USD fork and an Akrapovič can for the F900 GS. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD
The F900 GS shaves 14kg while also getting a power boost. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD

The F900 replaces the F800, with the GS shaving 14kg thanks to a 14.5L plastic fuel tank and rear section. The GS and the GS Adventure benefit from a new, fully adjustable USD fork by Showa.

The more off-road-oriented GS also gets an Akrapovič silencer, a lighter swingarm, ergonomics optimized for off-road (i.e. stand-up riding), Enduro footrests, handguards, an aluminum side stand, and a new LED headlamp. An Enduro Pro mode can also be unlocked for additional cost.

The F900 GS Adventure is more touring-oriented. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD

The F900 GS Adventure gets a tidy beak, as well as new side panels, an aluminum engine guard, and an optional Ride Pro engine mode. A 21-inch front tire is fitted to both variants of the F900, with a knobbier tire for the GS and an all-arounder for the GS Adventure. The more road-oriented F800 GS continues with the 19-inch road tire setup of the F750.

For the F800 GS, a TFT display is now standard along with heated grips, a LED headlamp, hand protectors, and a Vario case carrier.

The F800 GS is still meant for the road with its 19-inch front wheel. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD

We have no word yet from BMW Motorrad Philippines on when the new F-series will arrive here, but in the meantime, no doubt buyers will get pretty good deals on the remaining stock of the F750/850.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.