2020 BMW F 850 GS/Adventure

Approachable middleweight power from the parallel-twin engine with all the refinement that BMW is known for.

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The current BMW F 850 GS and Adventure models follow the lead of the original 2009 F 800 GS as a wallet-friendly and approachable adventure-ready alternative to BMW’s larger, more premium 1250 GS/Adventure—price points are around $4,000–$6,000 less and the power source is a smaller 853cc parallel-twin engine. The engine, we reviewed in 2019, is energetic and quick to rev with a higher rev and a little less noise than we were expecting, but it is more than happy to deliver smooth power down stoplight-riddled streets, open highways, or challenging dirt trails.

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2020 BMW F 850 GS/Adventure Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

Compared to Honda’s Africa Twin, the F 850 GS supplies a sophisticated package and premium feel with its features and technology, but odd clutch feel and limited fuel range led test riders to side with the Africa Twin in the end.

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BMW F 850 GS/Adventure Updates For 2020

The MSRP of the F 850 GS and GS Adventure increases by $150 compared to 2019, but now includes TFT/connectivity as standard.

2020 BMW F 850 GS/Adventure Claimed Specifications

Price: $13,345 (base)/$14,445 (Adventure)
Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC parallel twin
Displacement: 853cc
Bore x Stroke: 84.0 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 in. (base)/34.4 in. (Adventure)
Rake: 28.0° 26.0°
Trail: 5.0 in. (base)/4.9 in. (Adventure)
Front Suspension: 43mm inverted fork; 8.0-in. travel (base)/9.1-in. travel (Adventure)
Rear Suspension: Preload and rebound adjustable; 8.6-in. travel (base)/8.5-in. travel (Adventure)
Front Tire: 90/90-21
Rear Tire: 150/70-17
Wheelbase: 62.7 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gal. (base)/6.1 gal. (Adventure)
Wet Weight: 505 lb. (base)/538 lb. (Adventure)