2015 BMW G650GS Review

BMW G650GS Review

Why not? That’s the motto of the G 650 GS. Whether in town or on the gravel track: with this machine you have every terrain under control, and you get more than your money’s worth when it comes to riding fun, too.

The G 650 GS continues the success story of BMW Motorrad’s single cylinder engines in impressive fashion – with a solid output of 35 kW (48 bhp) at 6500 rpm and a maximum torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm. The bike offers absolutely sensational fuel consumption levels: 3.2 litres of regular petrol to 100 km*.

The ride feel on the G 650 GS is thrilling, too – wherever you’re going. Whether on the road or over rough terrain – the reliable, tried-and-tested chassis with central spring strut on the swinging fork ensures crisp handling. Membership of the enduro family is highlighted in this machine with the upright seating position and an impressive 170 mm of spring travel at the front with 165 mm at the rear. The moderate standard seat height of 780 mm and the lowered suspension option make this experience accessible to virtually anyone.

The G 650 GS is robust, powerful and yet still extremely light, weighing just 192 kg (with a full tank). With its low fuel consumption and simple handling, it is not just ideal for beginning motorcyclists. Its slim, athletic stature in a youthful and typically enduro-style design stands for uncomplicated riding pleasure and pure fun.

The optionally available equipment features of the BMW enduro include comfortable hand protectors, aluminium sump guard, a high windshield and practical Vario cases. The options make the machine a touch safer still: a centre stand makes for improved stability, the heated grips provide a more solid grasp and ABS prevents the wheels from locking. With the G 650 GS you will simply have fun. So just get on and off you go: why not?

* at a constant speed of 90 km/h


Type Water-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke engine, four valves, two overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication
Bore x stroke 100 mm x 83 mm
Capacity 652 cc
Rated output 35 kW (48 hp) at 6,500 rpm
(output reduction to 25 kW (34 hp) at 6,500 rpm possible)
Max. torque 60 Nm at 5,000 rpm
(with output reduction: 47 Nm at 4,500 rpm)
Compression ratio 11.5 : 1
Mixture control / engine management Electronic intake pipe injection / BMW engine management, twin-spark ignition
Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3

 Performance / fuel consumption

Maximum speed approx. 170 km/h
(with output reduction: approx. 145 km/h)
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h 3.2 l
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h 4.3 l
Fuel type Unleaded regular, minimum octane rating 91 (RON)

 Electrical system

Alternator three-phase alternator 400 W
Battery 12 V / 12 Ah

 Power transmission

Clutch Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated
Gearbox Constant mesh 5-speed gearbox integrated into crankcase
Drive Endless O-ring chain with shock damping in rear wheel hub

 Chassis / brakes

Frame Bridge-type steel section frame with bolted-on rear section

Front wheel location / suspension

Telescopic fork, Ø 41 mm, fork stabiliser

Rear wheel location / suspension Box-section steel dual swing arm, central spring strut operated by lever system, spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable
Suspension travel front / rear 170 mm / 165 mm
(lowered suspension 140 mm / 130 mm)
Wheelbase 1,477 mm
Castor 113 mm
Steering head angle 61.9°
Wheels Cast aluminium
Rim, front 2,50 x 19″
Rim, rear 3.50 x 17″
Tyres, front 110/80 R19 59V
Tyres, rear 140/80 R17 69V
Brake, front Single disc, diameter 300 mm, double-piston floating caliper
Brake, rear Single disc, diameter 240 mm, single-piston floating caliper
ABS Standard

 Dimensions / weights

Length 2,165 mm
Width (incl. mirrors) 920 mm
Height (excl. mirrors) 1,390 mm
Seat height, unladen weight 800 mm (with motorcycles accessories or –equipment variable heights available between 770 mm and 840 mm)
Inner leg curve, unladen weight 1810 mm (with motorcycles accessories or –equipment variable heights available between 1750 mm and 1890 mm)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1) 192 kg
Dry weight 2) 175 kg
Permitted total weight 380 kg
Payload (with standard equipment) 188 kg
Usable tank volume 14.0 l
Reserve approx. 4.0 l
  • Technical data relate to the unladen weight (DIN)
  • 1) According to Directive 93/93/EEC with all fluids, fuelled to at least 90% of usable fuel tank
  • 2) Unladen weight without fluids

Source: bmw-motorrad.commvrtvcom

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