BMW has revamped its middleweight adventure bike line-up with three new models, the F 800 GS, F 900 GS and F 900 GS Adventure, which each debut an increased-displacement engine, significant weight reduction and new styling for 2024.
The new range will be available early next year, with the base F 800 GS priced from $14,750 plus on-road costs, while the more off-road focussed F 900 GS will check in from $19,580, and long-range F 900 GS Adventure will top the line-up from $20,850.
This versatile mid-sized adventure trio will rival the likes of the Triumph Tiger 850 Sport ($18,790 rideaway) and Tiger 900 variants ($21,850 rideaway), as well as familiar favourites like the Yamaha Tenere 700 ($19,999 rideaway), Aprilia Tuareg 660 ($22,530 rideaway) and Suzuki V-Strom 800 ($18,590 rideaway), among others.
BMW has increased the capacity of its ‘F-Series’ parallel-twin engine from 853cc to 895cc, which has in turn bumped outputs by approximately 7.5kW (10hp) for all three adventure models.
The entry-level F 800 GS, which features cast wheels rather than spoked, generates 64kW and 91Nm. Meanwhile, the F 900 GS and F 900 GS Adventure manage 77kW and 93Nm.
A new 14.5-litre plastic fuel tank replaces the the steel tank of the previous model, shedding 4.5 kilograms, while a new redesigned rear section on the F 900 GS drops a further 2.4kg.
The F 900 GS also adopts an Akrapovic silencer as standard (-1.7kg), while both F 900 versions boasts new fully adjustable Showa upside-down forks.
This bump to outputs, combined with an overall weight reduction of 14 kilograms compared to the outgoing range, should translate to significant performance gains over the previous generation.
Two rider modes, Rain and Road are equipped as standard, however, BMW’s ‘riding modes pro’ package adds lean-angle sensitive traction control and cornering ABS as well as further rider mode options.
The F 900 GS, the most off-road capable of the trio, can be further upgraded with an ‘enduro pro’ package which includes higher-spec fully adjustable forks, handlebar risers and an M Endurance chain. The F 800 GS and F 900 GS Adventure can be optioned with electronic suspension (ESA).
On the tech front, the new F Series features revised LED lighting, a 6.5-inch TFT dash and a smartphone cradle.
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