Baby GS grows up

The 2018 BMW F850GS will appeal to those seeking a lighter and fuel-efficient bike. At 853cc and 229kg, the motorbike also means easier handling on- and off-road.
The BMW F850GS dual-purpose bike has a new engine, new chassis and electronics to rival pricier dual-purpose motorcycles.
The BMW F850GS dual-purpose bike has a new engine, new chassis and electronics to rival pricier dual-purpose motorcycles.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

The BMW F850GS upped its appeal with electronic suspension and sophisticated electronic aids

Since its debut in 2008, the BMW F800GS has become known as the baby version of the globetrotting R1200GS.

The iconic R1200GS has more horsepower, better suspension and clever electronics - along with a haul-all-you-can attitude.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 10, 2018, with the headline 'Baby GS grows up'. Print Edition | Subscribe