The new BMW F850GS is more than a styling exercise: it’s quicker and sweeter-handling than the 800 with more kit and sounds meaner too, with a thrapping exhaust note, thanks to a new firing order and offset crank.
But although a brilliant bike, there are now 10 years of used examples of the parallel twin F-GS family around to suit every budget and taste. BMW build quality means they can be a great secondhand buy, too.
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The latest F-series GS has come of age as an alternative to its 1200 brother. It’s practical, comfortable, has a great specification and is easier to ride off-road. Who needs a big-capacity adventure bike when the new F850GS is around?
And if you want to buy a BMW F850GS you can purchase one new, starting from £9875.
The F700GS update confusingly has the same engine, chassis and brakes as the 850, but with 18bhp less. MCN reader, Will Naismith, told us: “15-litre tank not enough.” The F750GS is aimed at road riders and will cost you £8225 from new.
Basically, this is an 800GS with a bigger (underseat) tank, more bodywork and a host of options. A Range Rover Sport next to the base bike’s Range Rover. Watch out for head bearing wear (yes, still). MCN reader, Bill Sherman, told us: “the F800GS Adventure is superb, light and powerful.” We found the above F800GS Adventure for sale at £7894 with 22,800 miles on the clock.
Novice-friendly street trailie, the F700GS is an update of the old F650 and is a great-value used buy. We recommend fitting the Comfort Seat option. MCN reader Joao Sousa also told us: “My F700GS has excellent details, is solid and I've had no reliability issues.” We found the above example for £4650 with 6900 miles on the clock.
First best-of-both-worlds adventures has spawned several special editions. Watch out for headraces at 20k-25k and ensure the warranty updates are done. We found the above used F800GS motorcycle up for sale for £4495 with 17,500 miles on the clock. MCN reader Tony also told us: “You can pick these bikes up for a bargain. They're good quality and solid.”
Optional extras on previous versions are now standard. The 2012 ‘SE’ version got a bashplate and high screen. If the rubber boots on the caliper pins split, the caliper can seize, so watch out for that. We found the above F650GS on sale for £3300 with 21,100 miles on the clock. MCN reader Paul told us: “By far the most complete package of a bike I’ve ever owned.”
The 2008 BMW F650GS twin has a lower seat and softer delivery than F800, so is as novice-friendly as the old single. Watch out for headraces which can be weak. Examples with extras are worth more. We found the above example for £3795 with 17,800 miles on the clock.
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