The motor’s output remains similar to the road bike’s with 85 hp available but with power coming on a bit earlier (max hp at 7,500 rpm vs 8,000 rpm for the F800S). Torque is 61 lb-ft at 5750 rpm – down two on the F800S.
The GS model sits higher resulting in a longer wheelbase of 1,578 mm (1,466 for the road bike) and a higher seat at 880 mm – 60 mm taller than the F800S. There is a low seat option that drops the seat height to 850 mm
Dual front discs are standard and are mounted on spoked wheels, which are 21 inch diameter at the front and 17 inches at the back – and are sized well for a full choice of off-road rubber. Front suspension is by USD forks, although details are still lacking.
There’s a centre stand fitted which will help with tire changes in the middle of nowhere, although the bash plate does leave the exhaust pipes somewhat exposed (something that will no doubt be filled by the aftermarket shortly).
The fuel tank is located under the seat and has a capacity of 16 litres. Dry weight is 178 kg and the bike weighs 207 kg ready to go. BMW offers an optional ABS system that can be turned off by the rider. Other options include heated grips, LED indicators, and an on-board computer.
Like the other new Beemers, there’s no word yet on Canadian availability or pricing, although it would be quite the shocker if this model didn’t come to our shores. Availability and pricing should be announced towards the end of November.