Earlier this year we brought you news of a mystery BMW GS – and a teaser trailer released today confirms it’s the hotly anticipated 2018 F850GS.

The bike is due to enter the range as the top-of-the-range for the middleweight Adventure machines with familiar but sharper styling. It gets an all-new aluminium frame, revised engine layout to make the new parallel-twin motor narrower than others in the range.



Below is the old F800GS Adventure (on the right), alongside the new F850GS – you can really see how much smaller the new bike is in comparison to the older machine. The new bike was run in the test session with a small, standard windscreen and no handguards.


 We expect that the new F850GS will be equipped with a Euro IV-compliant, 850cc parallel-twin engine – and we reckon it’ll make around 100bhp, which will put it in competition with the Honda Africa Twin, Triumph Tiger 800, Ducati Multistrada.


Watch this space for more coverage of the EICMA Motor Show in Milan from November 7, 2017.

Ross Mowbray

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