Although these are great offerings from BMW, the company is only launching them in order to pave a path for the upcoming G310R. Importing both the adventure tourers as CBU clearly indicates the same.
BMW Motorrad India was like a secret society in India up until a few years ago with only a handful of sales outlets in India that imported the bikes on demand. BMW never really seemed interested in producing their bikes in India as the company believes there’s not much potential here. Even with the latest twin-cylinder F 750 GS and F 850 GS being imported as CBU, the company’s ideology doesn’t seem to have changed. Even the delay in launching the G310R and the GS310R might offset certain customers as both these bikes are being manufactured in India yet not sold here. Sad as the story might be, the new bikes from the German automaker look exciting enough. Read along to find more.
2018 BMW F 750 GS
The 2018 BMW F 750 GS offers its riders a new perspective into adventure riding. The 750’s practical and ugly approach works well and falls in tandem with the GS lineup design. The 750 features an in-line twin-cylinder, water cooled 853cc engine. The twin-cylinder engine churns out 77 hp of max power at 7,500 rpm and 83 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The 750, loaded with fuel and road ready, weighs 224 kg and offers a top speed of over 190 kph. The seat height on the tourer can be adjusted between 770 mm to 815 mm. With a usable tank volume of just 15-liters, the 2018 BMW F 750 GS appears to be more like a city tourer than the adventure ones. Stopping power comes from twin discs up front and a single disc at rear. Safety features on the 750 include Automatic Stability Control, BMW Integral ABS and electronic immobilizer. Cruise control, anti-hopping clutch and main stand are provided as standard fitments while a whole list of equipments is available as optional extra. The 2018 BMW F 750 GS is priced at INR 12,20,000 ex-showroom India for the standard version.
2018 BMW F 850 GS
The 2018 BMW F 850 GS is the more off-road oriented version of the two. Essentially the 850 features same engine, chassis as the 750 but this state of tune allows the rider to enjoy 95 hp of power at 8,250 rpm and 92 Nm of torque at 6,250 rpm. The 850 is also 5 kg heavier than its sibling and can reach a top speed of over 200 kph. The fuel tank though remains to hold 15-litres of fuel which won’t even be enough to travel from Delhi to Gurugram, do an off-road session and return. You will have to fill up again in between. Due to the increased ground clearance, the seat height increases to 815 mm and is adjustable all the way to 860 mm. Safety features on offer are practically the same as well with ASC and ABS being the active offerings. The 2018 BMW F 850 GS is priced at INR 13,70,000 ex-showroom India for the standard version.
Stay tuned for more info on upcoming BMW bikes in India.