Published on October 8th, 2018 | by Subhash Nair


BMW Motorrad Malaysia Previews F 850 GS in Johor

BMW Motorrad Malaysia provided an exclusive preview of the New BMW F 850 GS at the fifth edition of the BMW Motorrad Nightfuel at Puteri Harbour Front, Johor.

Ever since their debut in 2007, the GS models of the F series have stood for premium riding enjoyment, representing the middle-class Adventure segment. The GS abbreviation represents a perfect synthesis of touring and long-distance capability combined with sporty dynamics and supreme offroad performance. After around ten years of consistent model development, BMW Motorrad has now fully redesigned and reengineered its middle-class GS models, in line with its objective of creating an ultimate riding machine that is even more uncomplicated and carefree, whether used for sport-oriented road riding, on tour complete with luggage and a passenger, or on an adventure trip into offroad terrain.

Sharper GS profile with more dynamic design, and improved wind and weather protection.
The New BMW F 850 GS features a completely new look that benefits from a more dynamic and masculine design. The design with its iconic features such as the asymmetric headlight and the GS-typical flyline make it immediately clear that they belong to the BMW Motorrad GS family. The characteristic flyline emanates from the front GS “beak” (upper wheel cover) over and past the fuel tank and seat bench, to the functionally designed and now considerably slimmer rear.

For improved offroad capability, attention was paid to ensuring that there are no inconvenient corners or edges in the vicinity of the fuel tank and seat bench. The wind and weather protection have also been further optimised. The modular structure of the available windshields (original BMW Motorrad accessories) permits individual configuration to suit the wishes of the rider. Standard-series windshields on the New BMW F 850 GS can be simply exchanged, allowing the rider to increase its characteristics towards offroad use or travel comfort.

Powerful, new 2-cylinder in-line engine for dynamic riding enjoyment.

The New BMW F 850 GS is equipped with a newly revised engine that represents the success formula of the GS models in the F series for more than ten years, now in comprehensively reengineered and more distinctive form. Focus has been given to increase both power and torque, while reducing fuel consumption. With a displacement of 853 cc, the New BMW F 850 GS generates 70 kW (95 hp) at 8250 rpm, which translates to a supreme level of engine power.

A crankshaft with a 90-degree journal offset and a 270/450 degree firing interval were employed to achieve a powerful and emotionally appealing sound. Unwanted vibrations are absorbed by the new engine’s two counterbalance shafts.

A self-amplifying, anti-hopping clutch provides a discernible reduction in the operating force of the hand clutch, while the reduction in engine drag torque also enhances safety on the road, particularly in the case of braking manoeuvres performed while changing down in gear. Power transmission to the rear wheel comes from the 6-speed gearbox with secondary drive that is now positioned on the left-hand side, for improved driving dynamics.

A range of riding modes for greater riding enjoyment and safety.

The New BMW F 850 GS addresses individual rider requirements by offering ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ riding modes as standard equipment. With the additional Pro riding modes, the equipment will be extended to ‘Dynamic’, ‘Enduro’ and ‘Enduro Pro’, which respond to the majority of road conditions. The combination of BMW Motorrad ABS and the ASC automatic stability control ensure a high level of safety.

Newly developed suspension for increased robustness, with wheel guidance at front and rear for more sensitive response.

The bridge frame of the New BMW F 850 GS is made of deep-drawn, welded components. It integrates the 2-cylinder in-line engine as a supporting element and offers benefits in rigidity and robustness. The fuel tank has been placed in the classic position between the seat bench and the steering head, for optimised packaging and an improved centre of gravity.

For more sensitive response, wheel guidance of the New BMW F 850 GS at the front and rear bring together the requirements of offroad and touring, including riding with a passenger and intensive use. The front wheel is guided by an upside-down telescopic fork, and the rear wheel by a double-sided aluminium swinging arm with a central spring strut.

In addition, the New BMW F 850 GS is fitted with aluminium cross-spoke wheels with tubeless tyres, with its 21” front wheel providing more riding stability, making it optimal for the ultimate offroad trip.

Optimised ergonomics for carefree offroad riding enjoyment.

As is typical for offroad bikes, the New BMW F 850 GS features generous spring travel distances and large ground clearance. Nevertheless, it isn’t just tall riders who feel comfortable on them. This is ensured by the optimised inner leg curve length and a refined ergonomic triangle around the handlebars, seat bench and footrests.

Connectivity with multifunctional instrument cluster.

The New BMW F 850 GS is equipped as standard with a completely new instrument cluster design. The new optional equipment known as Connectivity, with which the instrument cluster is displayed on a 6.5 inch full-colour TFT display, delivers fast and even clearer information to the rider with minimum distraction from the road. It gives the rider quick access to vehicle and connectivity functions, and makes telephone calls or listening to music easier through seamless connectivity to smartphones.

Extensive equipment selection to customise your ride.

The range of optional equipment and Original BMW Motorrad accessories available for customising the New F 850 GS is unparalleled in the middle-class segment and has been considerably increased since the previous models.

Optional equipment is supplied directly ex works and is integrated in the production process. Different individualisation packages are available such as the Comfort package, Touring package, Dynamic package, and Lights package, each suited for the long journey, added riding pleasure, sporty adventures, or superior illumination.

For colour accents, the owner of the New BMW F 850 GS may choose from three distinctive styles. The Exclusive style with its Pollux metallic matt colour makes for an elegant eye-catcher, while the Rallye style with its Light white, Racing red and Lupin blue metallic colours gives the bike an even sportier accent. Alternatively, owners may choose the basic Racing red that is irresistibly beautiful.

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