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BMW F850RS getting ready for launch

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

BMW Motorrad has been rumoured to be developing a road touring model called the F850RS and the bike was spied nearly a year ago testing in Europe. The then spy shots revealed the motorcycle and it looked like a smaller version of the BMW S1000XR. 

Now according to a media report, a set of design patent images have surfaced on the internet which resembles the earlier spied motorcycle leading us to believe that the German brand may have put the motorcycle in flesh and will be commencing road testing soon. The name in question comes from the leaked image of a brochure claimed to be printed by the brand but was later dismissed as a misprint. 

If the rumours are true and the company is really working on the motorcycle the road tourer is likely to be powered by an 853cc 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, inline twin-cylinder with 4-valves per cylinder with DOHC. The engine produces 95 HP of power @ 8250 RPM and 92 Nm of torque @6250 RPM. The transmission is a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox integrated with the crankcase and has a slipper assist clutch, employed on the F850GS Adventure that was recently launched in India at the price of INR 15.4 lakh ex-showroom. 

The RS could be a road touring model which is likely to get pannier boxes, a top box, a better road going suspension setup, tall windscreen visor, and road suitable electronics package. The design patents do show that something is cooking up behind the curtains and we are eagerly waiting for some more secret images to crop up before confirming anything.

BMW Motorrad recently launched the S1000RR in India, the new generation model as a CBU superbike. This model rivals the likes of Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and the likes. The BMW S1000RR prices start at INR 18.50 lakh ex-showroom, and comes in 3 variants – Standard, Pro and Pro M Sport.