First look: The 2024 BMW F900GS, F900GS Journey and F800GS


The 2024 BMW F900GS
Right here’s some information that everybody noticed coming—BMW Motorrad has lastly bumped up the capability of their common middleweight journey bike. The 2024 BMW F900GS predictably borrows the bored-out 895 cc parallel-twin from its cousins, the F900R and F900XR. However what we didn’t count on, is how radically completely different the F900GS appears from the outgoing F850GS.

The 2024 BMW F900GS stands alongside one other two new fashions—the BMW F900GS Journey, and the down-tuned F800GS (to not be confused with the F800GS that was discontinued in 2018). All three bikes share a number of upgrades, nevertheless it’s the F900GS that’s most noteworthy.

The 2024 BMW F900GS
Journey bikes with rally-derived appears are trending proper now and BMW Motorrad has taken be aware. Becoming a member of established bikes just like the Aprilia Tuareg and the immensely common Yamaha T7, the brand new BMW F900GS stands tall and thin, with a forward-biased windscreen and an enduro-style seat. With no blocky twin headlights and solely the tiniest of headlight beaks, it barely even appears like a BMW GS.

BMW’s intention is obvious: they’re pitching the F900GS at riders preferring dust to asphalt—or, on the very least, need to appear like they like dust to asphalt. The connection between the three fashions within the middleweight GS vary hasn’t modified although; the F900GS is the core mannequin, the F900GS Journey provides additional long-distance functionality, and the F800GS is a down-tuned model.

The 2024 BMW F900GS, F900GS Adventure and F800GS
All three bikes have extra of a kick now. The brand new 900 engine is 10 hp up on energy from the outgoing 850, bringing its output to 105 hp at 8,500 hp, and it options up to date mapping. The torque bump is extra modest; a complete 1 Nm, bringing the 900’s torque to 93 Nm at 6,750 rpm. The F900GS Journey makes the identical numbers, whereas the F800GS clocks in at 87 hp (which, apparently, is 2 hp greater than the 2018 F800GS made).

Every bike comes normal with LED lighting, a TFT show with a Bluetooth connectivity suite, a keyless ignition, ABS, traction management, and a plethora of using modes. All of them put on redesigned physique panels and are available new colours. However whereas the F900GS Journey [below right] and F800GS nonetheless loosely resemble their predecessors (the F850GS Journey and F750GS), the F900GS [below left] is a distinct kettle of fish.

The 2024 BMW F900GS and F900GS Adventure
The brand new BMW F900GS not solely appears so much slimmer than earlier than, nevertheless it’s bodily lighter too. BMW has swapped the 850’s metal gas cell out for a 14.5 l [3.8 gallon] plastic reservoir, wrapped the bike in trimmed-down physique panels, and given it a brand new subframe. It additionally wears an Akrapovič muffler as normal, which is notably lighter than your backyard selection OEM can.

That’s introduced the load down by 14 kilos, with the F900GS now tipping the scales at 219 kg [483 lbs] moist. One other improve is the Showa entrance suspension, which is now totally adjustable. The quantity of suspension journey hasn’t modified a lot although; 230 mm on the entrance, 215 mm on the again, and a seat peak of 870 mm (890 mm when you get one with the rad-looking ‘rally’ seat).

The 2024 BMW F900GS
BMW has tweaked its ergonomics too, reducing the foot pegs and shifting the bars to optimize the F900GS for off-road use. Enduro-style foot pegs, an upgraded brake lever, and an aluminum aspect stand are all normal on the F900GS, whereas all three bikes get a brand new folding gearshift lever.

There’s a hardcore improve bundle for the F900GS too, which incorporates the whole lot from a heavy-duty chain to extra off-road-specific rider modes, and even a set of titanium nitride-coated forks. BMW’s glorious dynamic digital suspension adjustment system can also be accessible, ex-works, for the F900GS and F900GS Journey.

The 2024 BMW F900GS Adventure
Shifting to the F900GS Journey, you get an adjustable touring windscreen, a comfier seat, and a 23 liter [6.1 gallon] gas tank. The Journey additionally seems to share the core mannequin’s Akrapovič exhaust, 21F/17R wheels, and suspension. It’s additionally pictured with crash bars and baggage racks, which BMW has historically included on GS Journey fashions.

The 2024 BMW F800GS
The F800GS [above] sits decrease, with 19F/17R forged wheels, much less suspension journey, and an 815 mm seat peak. As regular with these down-tuned fashions, BMW is pitching it at newcomers, smaller riders, or anybody who doesn’t fairly want the go-anywhere potential of its larger siblings.

Every bike is available in a variety of distinctive liveries, together with BMW’s conventional white, blue, and pink ‘GS Trophy’ scheme, and the unapologetic ‘São Paulo Yellow’ (which might be my decide, arms down).

The 2024 BMW F900GS
There’s no denying that the brand new F900GS appears rattling good (even when it does seem to have borrowed its headlight from the a lot smaller G310GS). What stays to be seen although, is whether or not it will probably tempt riders away from the competitors. The Yamaha T7’s low-tech vibe and sensible geometry have received it legions of followers, and though the F900GS now makes extra energy than the much-lauded Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Professional and solely loses out on torque to the KTM 890 Journey R, it nonetheless doesn’t have the identical rally-bro attraction because the latter.

How effectively it fares will rely totally on how effectively it rides.

Supply: BMW Motorrad

The 2024 BMW F900GS Adventure



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