2019 BMW F850GS/Adventure

A bigger, better, more powerful middleweight Gelände Sport

2019 BMW F850GS Right Side
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BMW wowed the world with the R80G/S and for nearly 40 years since it has continued to build on the go-anywhere, do-anything reputation of that market-changing dual-sport—née “adventure”—motorcycle. Considered a big bike for its time, the air-cooled G/S displaced 798cc, weighed a claimed 410 pounds, had a seat height of 34 inches, and carried 5.1 gallons of fuel. Today’s F850GS (a middleweight by current standards) has a 55cc larger engine (with its liquid-cooled cylinders in parallel, not opposed), weighs 125 pounds more, holds an additional gallon of gas, and locates the rider slightly closer to the ground.

Electronic rider aids is an area where the two machines radically differ. Stability and traction control weren’t on riders’ radars in 1980, yet the F850GS comes from the factory with those features. There are two standard Rain and Road modes, and optional Ride Modes Pro adds Enduro, Dynamic, and Enduro Pro, plus cornering-enhancing ABS Pro and Dynamic Traction Control. With Dynamic ESA, the rear suspension is adjustable with a touch of a handlebar-mounted button. The Adventure model adds a height-adjustable windscreen, engine guards, and a stainless steel luggage rack.

Likes: Larger, more powerful twin-cylinder engine; multiple seat-height options

Dislikes: Packages and options can up out-the-door price by thousands of dollars

Verdict: BMW steps up to fight for the middleweight ADV crown

2019 BMW F850GS Reviews And Comparisons

When it spec’d the next-gen F850GS/Adventure, BMW chose a new crankshaft with 90-degree-offset throws, dual balance shafts, and a 270/450-degree firing interval. Compression is up (12.7:1), as is claimed power—from 85 to 95 hp. A new transmission includes an anti-hop clutch and Gear Shift Assist Pro.

2019 BMW F850GS Competition

Gelände/Straße is German for off-road/road, and that category of middleweight motorcycles will soon be bursting at the seams, what with the addition of the KTM 790 Adventure/R, Yamaha 700 Ténéré, and two Triumphs, the long-legged Scrambler 1200 XE and, for the more inseam-challenged, the shorter-travel 1200 XC.

2019 BMW F850GS Specifications And Pricing

Tippy-toes or boots flat on the ground? BMW ups comfort with saddles that raise or lower seat height over a range of more than 2 inches: Low (32.9 inches); Standard (33.9); Comfort (34.4); and Rallye (35.0). Low Suspension kit drops seat height to 32.1 inches.

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $13,195/$14,295
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin
Displacement 853cc
Bore x Stroke 84.0mm x 77.0mm
Horsepower 90.0 hp @ 8,000 rpm
Torque 63.0 lb.-ft. @ 6,250 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 33.9/34.4 in.
Rake 28.0°
Trail 4.9 in.
Front Suspension 43mm; 8.0/9.0-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 8.6/8.5-in. travel
Front Tire 90/90-21
Rear Tire 150/70-17
Fuel Capacity 6.1 gal.
Wheelbase 62.7 in.
Claimed Dry Weight 504/538 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 35.2 in.
Wet Weight 531 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 78.5 hp @ 8,300 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 54.4 lb.-ft. @ 6,500 rpm
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A
2019 BMW F850GS Left Side
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