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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

A competent maxi scooter with a claimed 108mph top speed and armchair comfort. Well equipped, with ABS and electronically adjustable screen as standard, plus two glove boxes and a large under-seat compartment. Optional heated grips and seat available in a ‘Highline’ version for an extra £750. Not as nimble or fast as the C600 Sport model despite sharing the same engine and chassis. Production delayed after MCN reported the glove box doors felt cheap, and one on the C600 Sport opened when supposedly locked. Pricey.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Powerful (for a scooter) with a very motorbike-like throaty roar. The 647cc parallel twin is produced by Kymco but BMW insists it’s to its own specifications and standards. Throttle response is good for a twist-and-go, with only a slight delay. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Competent and planted, if slightly bus-like compared to its more agile brother, the C600 Sport. Brakes and suspension are more than up to the job.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Excellent for a scooter, with ABS and electronically adjustable screen as standard, two glove boxes, one lockable, and space under the seat for two full-face lids (just). A ‘Highline’ version is available with heated grips, seat and LED daytime running lights – for an eye-watering extra £750. 

BMW C650GT (2012-current)

Detail Value
New price £9,795
Dealer used prices
£6,930 (2013) - £7,750 (2013)
Private used prices
£6,230 (2013) - £6,970 (2013)
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Engine size 647 cc
Power 60 bhp
Top speed 108 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3
Value rating is 2 rating is 3

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

Production delayed after MCN reported the glove box doors felt cheap, and one on the C600 Sport opened when supposedly locked. The petrol filler cap also seemed flimsy for a machine of this price. Hopefully, when it eventually goes on sale, this will have been addressed. Reliability as yet unknown.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

It’s the most expensive scooter yet. Suzuki’s 650 Burgman Executive has heated grips, seat, electric screen and 110mph potential for £1500 less. BMW might shift a few in the southern Europe but the C650GT is unlikely break any sales records in the UK.


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Model History

2012: Model introduced

Other Versions

C600 Sport. The same engine and chassis but with less bulk and different ergonomics, resulting in what feels like a completely different, much sportier machine.


Top speed 108 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 48 ft-lb
Weight 261 kg
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 58.8 mpg
Tank range 206 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 647 cc
Engine specification Liquid cooled 647cc (79mmx66mm) four-valve parallel twin. CVT transmission, enclosed chain-in-oil-bath final drive
Frame Aluminium bridge frame with aluminium rear frame bolted on
Front suspension adjustment Upside down 40mm fork with 115mm travel
Rear suspension adjustment Cast single-sided swingarm with single rear shock, 115mm travel
Front brakes Twin 270mm discs with double-piston floating calipers
Rear brake Single 270mm disc with double piston floating caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 R15
Rear tyre size 160/60 R15

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(1 review)

  • Too soon to know


    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    I've only had my bike for three weeks but have managed to clock up 600 miles which is I guess more than most test rides. My main reason for trying the C650GT in the first place was for my wife to see how easy it was to get on and off - an important consideration when you're covering longer touring distances. Secondly would it carry enough luggage for us both for a ten day to two week tour. It is easier for the pillion to mount and dismount than the previous bike (RT1200) and carries almost as much luggage. We've made a 300 mile round trip to stay with our daughter for a couple of nights and the bike was very comfortable to ride. It handles very well and so far is returning about 60 to the gallon - not bad for a new engine. We're now looking forward to a long weekend away in the Forest of Dean in January and Germany next June. Definitely this is capable of being more than just a commuter machine and will be good for touring. Yes it is a little pricey but hopefully it will have the build quality and reliability to justify the price.

    21 October 2012


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