BMW has updated its mid-range touring enduros, with the BMW F 800 GS, F 900 GS, and F 900 GS Adventure trio receiving significant updates for 2024 - namely a greater capacity 895 cc in-line two-cylinder motor with increased output, higher level of standard spec, and refinements across the board.
Due for release in early 2024, the BMW F 800 GS will be £9,995, the F 900 GS £11,995, and the F 900 GS Adventure £12,350.
Let’s have a quick look at the updates.
Updated Engine | 895 cc in-line twin
Replacing the F 750 GS & F 850 GS (& ADV), one of the main updates is to the motor and subsequently the power outputs, as well as two counter-rotating counterbalance shafts, two riding modes (rain and road) plus ABS Pro and DTC as standard – with the option of ride modes pro, Dynamic Brake Control and engine drag torque control as optional extras.
Remaining as a 2-cylinder in-line engine, the capacity is increased to 895 cc for all three. Peak power for the 900s is marked as 105 bhp at 8500 rpm, and 93 Nm at 6750 rpm, the F 800 GS a slightly lower 85 bhp at 6750 rpm and 91 Nm at 6750 rpm.
Peak power has been upped by 10 bhp each, with BMW noting a much fuller torque curve with increased pulling power and faster acceleration. An A2 licence compliant version will be available for the F 800 GS only.
BMW F 800 GS and 900 GS Frame and weight
With the engine as a supporting element, the trio all rely on a bridge-type frame made of deep-drawn sheet steel parts welded together.
With the F 800 GS weighing in at 227 kg wet, the F 900 GS is a slightly lighter 219 kg, and the F 900 GS Adv weighing in at 246 kg – though it does have a 23 L tank, the non-Adv models a 14.5 l usable tank volume.
The lightest of the three is the F 900 GS, thanks to a redesigned 14.5-litre tank (now plastic), plus a redesigned rear section to save 2.4 kg, and 1.7 kg saved by using an Akrapovič rear silencer.
The 14.5-litre plastic fuel tank of the new F 900 GS is a completely new development saving 4.5 kg of weight compared to the steel tank of the previous model. The F 900 GS features a completely redesigned rear section which makes it look even more dynamic and save around 2.4 kg of weight. A further 1.7 kg are saved thanks to the rear silencer by Akrapovič – total weight savings are listed at a significant 14 kg.
What is new for 2024?
Elsewhere, there is plenty of new changes for 2024. The front wheel on the F 900 GS and F 900 GS Adventure is guided by new, fully adjustable upside-down telescopic forks by Showa, with optional ex works Enduro Pro package to add fully adjustable titanium nitride-coated USD forks, a fully adjustable central spring strut, handlebar risers and M Endurance chain – with further Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment also available for the F 900 GS Adventure and F 800 GS.
An adjustable gearshift lever features on all three as standard, the F 900 GS featuring a new foot brake lever in a higher position – by all accounts, the F 900 GS is positioned as the option with the most off-road qualities.
All models feature LED headlights, the F 900 GS given an all-new LED headlight with larger low beam, and a large 6.5” TFT screen fitted as standard – an upgrade for the F 800 GS, which had an analogue dash previously.
2024 BMW F 800 GS, F 900 GS, F 900 GS Adventure colours
Last up, colour options.
The F 800 GS is available in ‘Lightwhite’ solid paint, a Sport model variant in Racing Blue, and as a Triple Black version in Blackstorm metallic.
The new F 900 GS is available as a basic version in Blackstorm metallic, as a Passion model version in São Paulo yellow solid paint and as a GS Trophy version in 'Lightwhite' solid paint/Racing Blue metallic.
The new F 900 GS Adventure is available as a basic variant in Blackstorm metallic and as a Ride Pro model variant in matt White Aluminium.
Next up, no doubt, will be the full details on the BMW R 1300 GS. It has been officially confirmed for launch, and the presentation is due on the 28th of September alongside the 100th anniversary of BMW Motorrad.
We’re looking forward to seeing more about it, but until then it’s the turn of F 800 GS/900 GS/900 GS Adventure for their proverbial ‘day in the sun’.