2019 BMW F850GS Adventure Spy Photos

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

A new off-road-capable version of the BMW F850GS has been spotted undergoing testing in Greece. As a replacement for the F800GS Adventure, the new model will likely debut this fall at Intermot or EICMA as the 2019 BMW F850GS Adventure.

Even without its final paint, the BMW roundel and GS logos are clearly visible. Note the substantial venting in the fairing including a series of holes cut out above the protective bar.

If the F800GS Adventure is any indicator, this new model will have a larger fuel tank than the F850GS’ 4.0-gallon capacity. The F800GSA was wider than the regular F800GS, but because they both had their fuel tanks located under the seat, this was a result of larger bodywork to provide better wind protection. For the F850GS, BMW relocated the fuel tank to a more conventional location in front of the rider, so the Adventure version will be much wider, perhaps even compared to the F800GSA.

The Adventure version will have a taller, wider windscreen than the regular F850GS. Unlike the F800GS Adventure’s one-piece windscreen, the new bike has a three-part screen, with two wider screens set to either side and a bit further back from the tall central screen.

The test bike was mounted with a pair of metal cases, so we expect a stronger subframe to support the heavier panniers as well as the weight of a top box and passenger.

Other differences we can see from the F850GS include fog lights, engine crash bars, a larger bash plate and a center stand, though it’s too early to know which of these items will be offered as standard equipment and which will be in one of BMW’s package options.

The crash bars have a new shape compared to the ones on the F800GSA. The bash plate also looks larger than the one employed on the outgoing model.

Expect to see the new BMW F850GS Adventure appear at one of this fall’s two big shows. We’ll have more information right here on Motorcycle.com as it becomes available.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Jeff benson Jeff benson on Feb 04, 2018

    Great. Another big dualie that will never leave the pavement. When we go down to Moab we see scads of GSes, all perfectly clean without a scratch. I think my old 81 Wing had more dirt miles than any 10 GSes. But that's understandable. Who wants to scuff up a $20K motorcycle?

  • Hamr Hamr on Feb 05, 2018

    My god you're late reporting this. Not only that, the same photo is cropped 5 ways. Sheessh. Is it just the "A" part that's the huge mystery.