PAR­AL­LEL LINES

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The two stars of BMW’S show are the new F750GS and F850GS, which bring styling cues from the old F700 and F800, but lit­tle else. At the heart of these new bikes is a shared 853cc par­al­lel-twin (de­tuned in the F750GS), that’s gone through more than just a ca­pac­ity in­crease. The en­gine has been com­pletely re­designed with a new crank and 270-de­gree fir­ing or­der, so it’s got that V-twin noise. Paired with this new en­gine is a new elec­tron­ics pack­age that in­cludes Road and Rain rid­ing modes plus op­tional Pro modes that in­clude Dy­namic, En­duro and En­duro Pro (F850GS only).

Keep­ing all that in check is a brand new steel bridge frame plus new sus­pen­sion for both bikes. For the first time BMW’S elec­tronic ESA sus­pen­sion, which al­ters the rear damp­ing and preload, will be avail­able. The lit­tle twins also join the big­ger bikes in of­fer­ing the 6.5in TFT dash and as­so­ci­ated con­nec­tiv­ity plus other sexy op­tions such as key­less ig­ni­tion and a quick­shifter. All of these ex­tras come as stand­alone items, plus as part of BMWS Com­fort, Tour­ing and Dy­namic pack­ages. The F750GS comes in two mod­els (Stan­dard and Exclusive) while the F850GS is a three-model range that in­cludes the Stan­dard, Exclusive and Ral­lye model (our pick of the bunch).

Ground-up re­design for F850GS and F750GS ad­ven­ture bikes

Spoked wheels and a 21in front for the F800GS Dra­matic up­grade in style for F750GS

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