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.

 

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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.

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

Ross Mowbray

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