The F 850 GS Adventure shares its heart with the standard 850 GS but for the extra cost offers a fairly-longer list of upgrades and off-road equipment.
There's no doubt that BMW's range of GS motorcycles boasts of some serious off-road riding credentials. However, for the pedantic Germans, there's always scope for perfection! Thus, the Adventure versions of their already-capable ADVs are even more focussed and serious off-roaders. And, with the launch of the F 850 GS Adventure, BMW Motorrad India has just added another jewel to its ADV line-up. Launched at an Ex-showroom price of ₹ 15.40 lakh, it is about ₹ 2.45 lakh more expensive than the standard F 850 GS. So, with the same 853cc inline-twin engine as its less-serious sibling, what does the F 850 SG Adventure offer for the extra cost?
In terms of changes in the mechanical specs, the 850 GS Adventure offers a larger, 23-litre fuel tank over the standard bike's 15-litre tank. Further, the 850 GS Adventure is 17mm wider and features the 'Comfort' seat as standard, which is set 15mm higher. With reinforced crash protection equipment, the F 850 GS Adventure is heavier than the standard bike by around 15kg.
Coming to the off-road aids and equipment, the Adventure version offers ABS, Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Rain & Road riding modes, on-board computer Pro, a 12V power socket, adjustable hand-brake & clutch levers along with an engine guard as standard. However, all this is also offered with the 850 GS. The extra bit of equipment on the 850 GS Adventure includes an LED headlight, a dynamic brake light, an anti-hopping clutch, adjustable windscreen, adjustable footbrake & gearshift levers, hand protectors (knuckle guards), enduro footrests and a stainless steel luggage carrier.
With no direct competitors in terms of engine capacity or price, the BMW F 850 GS Adventure, due to its comparable power and torque figures (88.5bhp and 86Nm, respectively), can be pitted against the Honda Africa Twin and the Triumph Tiger 800 XCA.