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BMW F 850 GS Rallye and R coming?

BMW Motorrad could soon be adding a limited-edition F 850 GS Rallye and an F 850 R production bike to its expanding line-up.

The company has prepared a special F 850 GS Rallye for the annual International GS Trophy Oceania competition in February 2020 in New Zealand.

While they have been specially prepared for the GS Trophy, we reckon they are so attractive the company will make a limited production run.BMW F 850 GS Rallye for NZ GS Trophy

BMW has already made at least 140 of the GS Rallye models for the competition and possibly more as replacements in the event of crashes or failures.

So there are probably also more sitting in storage waiting for release next year.

BMW usually uses the big 1200 (now 1250) machines for the Trophy and has produced 1200 GS Rallye X models for production.

It used the smaller F model in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

The BMW F 850 GS Rallye Trophy comes with special black and yellow colours and graphics, gold anodised forks and a host of features from the BMW Motorrad catalogue. 

GS Rallye features: 

  • High handlebars 14 mm higher than standard;
  • Enduro footrests plus adjustable foot brake lever and gear lever;
  • Hand protectors made of impact-resistant and UV-resistant plastic;
  • Engine protection bar made of electropolished stainless steel for lightness and longevity;
  • Enduro engine guard made of aluminium;
  • Rallye seat is narrower, taller and has more padding;
  • Water-resistant tail bag;
  • LED auxiliary headlights in a compact aluminium housing;
  • Headlight protection; and
  • Touring windshield with adjustment.

F 850 R

BMW F 850 R
BMW F 850 R patent image

Meanwhile, F 850 R patent images have been leaked ahead of its tipped unveiling at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in a couple of weeks along with their new R 18 cruiser.

Apart from the new engine, the mages shows the bike has a new swingarm, new frame, bodywork, instrument panel, fuel tank and smaller exhaust now on the left. 

We expect the engine may be differently tuned for more midrange oomph than the F 850 GS.BMW F 850 R patent image

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

KTM Australia announces 790 prices

KTM Australia has announced the pricing for all their 2019 adventure models, including the new 790 Adventure and Adventure R, arriving in June 2019.

The 790 models start at $21,195 ride away and an extra $1500 for the R model at $22,695.

That compares with the BMW F 850 GS which starts at $17,990 (plus on-road costs) and goes up to $22,305 for the Rallye X model. 

The KTMs arrive several months before its major new mid-mid-sized competitor, the Yamaha Ténéré 700.

790 AdventureKTM 790 Adventure

The much anticipated 790 Adventure is powered by KTM’s new-generation LC8c 799cc in-line twin-engine with 70kW of power (95hp) and weighing in at only 189kg.

KTM claims 400km of range from the 20-litre tank. And it should all be smooth riding with two balancer shafts and long service intervals of 15,000km.KTM 790 Adventure

Suspension is, of course, WP, with 43mm forks, 200mm of travel, 233mm clearance and an 850mm seat height, compared with the Ténéré 700 at 880mm.

The engine sits in a CroMo steel frame with an open-lattice swingarm.

Finally, a manufacturer has provided an easy-to-adjust handlebar. It can be set in six different positions with a 30mm adjustment range making it comfortable no matter what size the rider and whether standing or sitting.

Instruments are in a 5-inch TFT display with a wide range of configurable information. The display varies according to light and the rev counter blinks to indicate when to shift.

KTM 790 Adventure

Electronic rider aids include traction control, cornering ABS, and an off-road mode with a smooth throttle response.

Other tasty features are LED lighting, steering damper and hefty 320mm twin discs with four-piston radially mounted callipers.

Factory accessories include an up/down quickshifter, heated grips and cruise control, as well as the usual protection parts and luggage.

KTM 790 Adventure R
790 Adventure R

The R model adds longer-travel 240mm suspension, Karoo 3 dirt tyres, 48mm WP XPLOR forks, upgraded shock and different bodywork.

690 Enduro R

KTM 790 Adventure 690 ENDURO R
690 Enduro R

The 690 Enduro R which returns in 2019 with several updates will cost $17,595 ride away.

It was previously available at $14,695 plus on-road costs.

One of the best for long-range touring is the addition of two balancer shafts to smooth out the LC4 single.

It also now gets the super-duper fully-adjustable WP XPLOR suspension.

There are two changeable rider modes (off-road and street), cornering ABS and traction control.

Styling is now sharper and slimmer, with a redesigned seat.

KTM Australia has also confirmed ride-away pricing for the rest of their 2019 adventure range: 1090 Adventure R $24,295, 1290 Super Adventure Super Adventure S $28,395 and 1290 Super Adventure R  $29,195.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com