BMW Motorrad has unveiled the new premium mid-range tourers for the international market – the F 900 GS, the F 900 GS Adventure, and the F 800 GS. All three motorcycles from the BMW stable have undergone significant updates and offer an advanced two-cylinder in-line engine with more output and engine drag torque control in addition to the standard equipment. First off, the F 900 GS receives a revamped design and appears to be derived from the rally-spec Aprilia Tuareg 660 and the Yamaha Tenere 700. In terms of appearance, the new bike is defined by a windscreen, an endure-styled seat layout, an exposed subframe, a redesigned 14.5-litre plastic fuel tank, and the lack of a pronounced beak. New tank side panels, a radiator trim, and an Akrapovic silencer at the rear highlight the bike's sleek and sporty character. The F900 GS can be had in Blackstorm Metallic (Base model), Sao Paulo Yellow (Passion model), and Lightwhite/Racing Blue Metallic (GS Trophy version) paint schemes. In addition, it also gets LED headlights as standard, offering a larger low beam opening angle and therefore better illumination.
BMW F 900 GS: Engine, Features
Plus, the new F 900 GS has a new engine that produces 103bhp at 8,500rpm and 93Nm of peak torque at 6,750rpm, while the engine remapping has also been performed to further increase the output. In terms of features, the bike comes with a TFT instrument cluster, LED lighting, a bridge-type style frame, a traction control system, a keyless ignition, and riding modes – Rain and Road. Other bits include fully adjustable USD telescopic forks by Showa, dynamic traction control, and ABS Pro.
BMW F 900 GS: Riding Ergonomics, Weight Savings
BMW has also emphasised a significant weight reduction. Weighing 219 kilograms, the BMW F 900 GS is now lighter by 14 kilograms, thanks to a lighter sub-frame, a rear silencer, a lightweight plastic fuel tank, and fewer body panels. In terms of riding ergonomics, the bike now gets lower footrests, a high handlebar position, a new fuel tank design, a new foot brake lever in a higher position, and an adjustable gearshift lever as standard. These changes aim at making the bike more suitable for off-road use.
BMW F 900 GS Adventure, F 800 GS: What Do They Entail?
Like the F 900 GS, the F 900 GS Adventure gets the same features and specs. But, it also sports a bigger 23-litre fuel tank, an adjustable touring windscreen, and a new Ride Pro optional equipment package. The saddle boxes and crash bars are included as standard. Meanwhile, the road-biased F 800 GS gets suspension with lesser travel and smaller wheels at the front. The engine on this bike makes 86bhp of power, as against 103bhp on the other two.
BMW F 900 GS, F 900 GS Adventure, F 800 GS: Optional Equipment
The Enduro Pro package, which includes black handlebars with handlebar risers, an M Endurance chain, and fully adjustable golden Showa forks & Sachs suspension strut with an expansion tank, makes the F 900 GS more off-road capable. As for the brand-new F 900 GS Adventure and the F 800 GS, the Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) is an optional feature.
BMW F 900 GS, F 900 GS Adventure, F 800 GS: India Launch Details
According to some industry reports, BMW will launch these mid-range tourers in the Indian market by year-end.