Unveiling the all-new BMW F900 GS
Discover the latest in adventure motorcycling as BMW launches the all-new F900 GS for 2023.
With the new F 900 GS, F 900 GS Adventure and F 800 GS BMW Motorrad are significantly boosting their product offering in the mid-range. While the new BMW F 800 GS is the ideal bike for entry level adventurers, the F 900 GS Adventure is very well suited for extended adventures or long demanding tours. All three models have been significantly updated with additional standard equipment and new engines.
The new F 900 GS has been completely redesigned with a dynamic design that signals increased off-road qualities and sportiness. One of the key points of the new design is the redesigned plastic fuel tank, which allows for a much slimmer and more aerodynamically favourable design.
New close-fitting tank side panels together with a new radiator trim, give the new F 900 GS a sleek, sporty and off-road-oriented look. New frame trims, featuring the GS logo, help the rider maintain optimum leg contact with the new F 900 GS. In typical GS style, the new F 900 GS features the short GS beak underneath the new compact headlight and the typical GS fly line that stretches over the tank and the sporty seat to the rear.
Off-road qualities, sportiness and dynamic performance are reflected in the entire rear section, which is significantly narrower and more dynamic than its predecessor. An enduro-style windshield with reduced shape provides sufficient wind and weather protection.
No replacement for displacement
The advanced two-cylinder engine has been updated with capacity increased to 895cc. This increased capacity is largely responsible for the improved power and torque across the range. The F 900 GS and F900 GS Adventure now boast 77kW while the F 800 GS offers 66kW. Updates have also resulted in a more linear torque curve and better acceleration.
For fast up and down-shifting of the six-speed transmission without having to use the clutch, BMW Motorrad also offers the shift assistant Pro as optional equipment.
All models continue to offer two riding modes, ABS Pro and DTC as standard. Riding modes Pro is now available as optional equipment and offers additional riding modes, riding mode pre-selection, engine drag torque control and Dynamic Brake Control.
The 14.5-litre plastic fuel tank of the new F 900 GS reduces weight by 4.5kg compared to that of the previous model and a redesigned rear section saves 2.4kg while a further 1.7kg is saved thanks to the fitment of an Akrapovic rear silencer.
The result is that the new F 900 GS boasts outstanding off-road qualities thanks to significantly reduced weight and enhanced chassis technology.
Frame and suspension ready to go off-road
A bridge-type steel frame with bolted-on rear frame offers optimum rigidity, robustness and riding precision. Coupled to this, the new F 900 GS and F 900 GS Adventure feature new, fully adjustable, Showa upside-down telescopic forks with a 43mm fixed fork diameter and 230mm of travel. The F 800 GS uses telescopic forks with a 41mm fixed fork tube diameter and 170mm of suspension travel. The rear wheel is controlled by a double-sided aluminium swingarm in conjunction with a directly linked central spring strut.
The optional Enduro Pro package includes sport suspension with gold upside-down Showa telescopic forks, that feature titanium nitride-coated slider tubes. A rear shock from ZF Sachs, black tubular handlebars with 24mm handlebar risers and a wear-resistant M Endurance chain complete the package.
Upfront a twin disc provides superior, stable deceleration and the rear wheel is fitted with a single disc. All models feature BMW Motorrad ABS Pro and a dynamic brake light as standard. ABS Pro also offers more safety when braking in corners by enabling ABS assisted braking when leaning into corners. ABS Pro prevents the wheels from locking even when the brakes are applied quickly and reduces abrupt changes in steering force and the bike from returning to the upright position, even during sudden braking.
Sophisticated ergonomics and numerous available seat heights make the range suitable for riders of all shapes and sizes. However the increased off-road qualities of the new F 900 GS are expressed by the ergonomic triangle of the handlebar, seats and footrests that have been optimised for off-road use. The handlebars are positioned 15mm higher than on the previous model and the now standard Enduro footrests are 20mm lower, all of which offer particular advantages when riding standing up on rough terrain. All three models offer an adjustable gearshift lever as standard.
The LED headlight on all models features a larger low beam opening angle and better illumination directly in front of the motorcycle. Turn indicators and control lights of all three models also use LED technology.
All models are fitted with a 6.5-inch TFT display as standard that offers excellent information diversity, quality of presentation and user friendliness.
The F 900 GS, F 900 GS Adventure and F 800 GS have been confirmed for South African introduction and will be launched locally in the second quarter of 2024.