Motorcycle Types Adventure / Dual-Sport 2020 BMW F 850 GS Buyers Guide: Specs & Prices

2020 BMW F 850 GS Buyers Guide: Specs & Prices

The ADV waypoint between BMW’s diminutive G 310 GS and the behemoth R 1250 GS, the 2020 BMW F 850 GS is ready for both dirt and the street. Signaling the F 850 GS’s intentions is the 21-/17-inch wheel combination shod with Continental Twinduro TKC 80 tire; the 850 is focused on off-road performance—and it’s not even the Adventure model.

2020 BMW F 850 GS Buyers Guide - MSRP

With over eight inches of suspension travel at both ends, and a seat height of under 34 inches, the BMW F 850 GS is definitely manageable when the pavement ends. Indeed, it is still an outstanding street-going motorcycle, with 90 horsepower available from the parallel twin, and a hefty 63 ft-lbs of torque at 6250 rpm. Handling is fine on the street, even with the ADV tires and 21-inch front wheel. The four-gallon tank and 57 mpg mean you don’t have to keep close tabs on gas stations.

2020 BMW F 850 GS - Adventure Motorcycle

The standard BMW F 850 GS has a nice array of electronics, including two ride modes, ride-by-wire, traction control, and defeatable ABS. BMW also has a factory upgrade path that includes three different packages—Essential, Premium, and Select—that offer a wide range of goodies ranging from up/down quickshifter to additional riding modes to semi-active electronic suspension. With a base MSPR of $13,345, you can get the sticker over $16,000. However, at that price, the 2020 BMW F 850 GS is truly a premium ADV motorcycle.

2020 BMW F 850 GS Specs


  • ​​Type: Parallel twin
  • ​​Displacement: 853cc
  • ​​Bore x stroke: 84mm x 77mm
  • Maximum power: 90 horsepower @ 8000 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 63 ft-lbs @ 6250 rpm
  • Maximum speed: 125 mph
  • ​​Compression ratio: 12.7:1
  • Valvetrain: DOHC; 4vpc
  • ​​Fueling: EFI w/ 48mm throttle body
  • ​​Transmission: 6-speed w/ quickshifter
  • Clutch: Wet multiplate w/ slipper function
  • ​​Final drive: Endless O-ring chain


  • ​​Frame: Tubular steel space frame w/ load-bearing engine
  • ​​Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 43mm inverted fork; 8.0 inches
  • ​​Rear suspension; travel: Linkage-free spring-preload and rebound-damping adjustable shock; 8.6 inches
  • Wheels: Wire-spoke
  • Front wheel: 21 x 2.15
  • Rear wheel: 17 x 4.25
  • Tires: Continental Twinduro TKC 80
  • ​​​​Front tire: 90/90 x 21
  • ​​Rear tire: 150/70 x 17
  • Front brake: 305mm floating discs w/ dual-piston floating calipers
  • ​​Rear brake: 265mm disc w/ single-piston floating caliper
  • ABS: Standard (defeatable)


  • ​​Wheelbase: 62.7 inches
  • ​​Rake: 28 degrees
  • ​​Trail: 5.0 inches
  • ​​Seat height: 33.9 inches (optional seats from 32.9 to 35 inches)
  • ​​Fuel capacity: 4.0 gallons
  • Estimated fuel consumption: 57 mpg
  • ​​​​Curb weight: 504 pounds

2020 BMW F 850 GS Prices and Colors

  • Racing Red: $13,345 MSRP
  • Pollux Metallic Matte/Executive Style: $13,620 MSRP (includes handguards)
  • Light White w/ Blue & White Accents/Rally Style: $13,620 MSRP (includes handguards)

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Don Williams
Don Williams
With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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