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BMW G650 (2007-2012)

Detail Value
Engine size 652 cc
Power 52 bhp
Top speed 105.6 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

BMW’s sometime popular BMW 's F650GS single-cylinder range gets updated stable mates. Consisting of a road cum enduro motorcycle (BMW G650 XChallenge - £5,875), a supermoto motorcycle (BMW G650 XMoto - £6,070), and a dual-purpose soft trailie motorcycle (BMW G650 XCountry - £4,895), which is more akin to the Scrambler style motorcycle of yesteryear, all share the same frame and engine, but ride and look different.
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MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The engine is exactly the same on all the three motorcycles: an Austrian-made Rotax single-cylinder making a creditable (claimed) 52bhp. It’s a punchy little number; spins through its short rev range very quickly, but suffers from high rpm vibes in typical big single style. Use the BMW G650's low down stomp of 44ftlb of torque and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the motorcycle's tractable punch.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The BMW G650 XChallenge rides like a big-wheel trailie motorcycle on road and ably tackles lumpy off-road with ease, but it’ll make you sweat as its road-biased weight comes into play. The BMW G650 XMoto is pure fun – quick steering, agile, and a demon motorcycle in the twisties. The softer suspended and styled BMW G650 XCountry is also good at cutting through traffic and bends, just lacks visual excitement in comparison to other motorcycles.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

All motorcycles have 45mm USD forks. BMW G650 XChallenge gets wave-style brake discs and a clever air-damped rear shock to deal with off-road. BMW G650 XMoto gets stiffer (hydraulic all round) suspension, a demon 4-piston front brake and cast ally wheels. BMW G650 XCountry has non-adj. front forks, but rear ride height adjustment to suit shorter bikers; it’s the only motorcycle in this range with a comfy seat. All motorcycles have a pathetic 9.5lt fuel tank so carry a mobile or 5lt petrol can. Compare and buy parts for the BMW G650 in the MCN Shop.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The motorcycles' engine is a proven one from the old F650G/S series with modern touches (lighter internals) so there should be no qualms here. All components on all motorcycles are the usual BMW selected quality parts and the build quality on the BMW G650 in general looks to be good (the bikes are assembled by Aprilia) so BMW wants to preserve its reputation of high customer satisfaction with the BMW G650.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

If trail/enduro motorcycle riding is your main bag then the BMW G650 series, with prices ranging from £4,895 to £6,070 is pricey in comparison to genuine enduro motorcycles. But hey, it looks cool as does the BMW G650 XMoto. BMW G650 XMoto and BMW G650 XCountry have the same high price problem (blame it on the Euro-to-sterling exchange). If you want to buy into a known motorcycle brand then these are the cheapest BMW motorcycles available. Find a BMW G650 for sale.


Insurance group: 9 of 17

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Model History

2007: BMW G650 motorcycles introduced.

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Top speed 105.6 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 52 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Weight 144 kg
Seat height 840 mm
Fuel capacity 9.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 47 mpg
Tank range 90 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 652 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, 4v dohc, single-cylinder. 43mm efi. 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel bridge frame with aluminium subframe and swingarm
Front suspension adjustment XChall’e & XMoto adj. for compression & rebound damping. XC’try non-adj.
Rear suspension adjustment XChall’e has air-damped shock with two-step damping adjustment. XMoto & XC’try adj. for pre-load, ride height and rebound damping
Front brakes XChall’e 1 x 300mm disc with 2-pot caliper, XMoto 1 x 320mm disc with 4-pot caliper, XC’try 1 x 310mm disc with 2-pot caliper
Rear brake 240mm disc with 1-pot caliper
Front tyre size XChall’e 90/90 x 21, XMoto 160/60 x 17, XC’try 130/80 x 17
Rear tyre size XChall’e 140/80 x 18, XMoto 147kg, XC’try 148kg

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(2 reviews)

  • Brilliant


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    I've had mine for a year, it's been faultless. The performance as standard is brilliant, but now with a 1 tooth bigger front sprocket and a Scorpion can it will put 115MPH on the clock and it cruises at 90MPH. Fuel is 70-80MPG depending on riding style. The handling is unbelievably good, the bike weighs nothing and the frame and forks are very stiff. With decent tyres this will outcorner sportsbikes on the twisities. Off road capability is great, the suspension has loads of travel and soaks up the bumps, just remember to turn the ABS off before hitting the trails! The only thing missing is a rev counter.

    02 September 2013

  • G650 X Country


    Average rating rating is 4

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    I bought mine in December 2007 mainly for commuting to London, this little gem handles brilliant in town traffic and also produces about 56 mpg in urban conditions It is such an enjoyable ride that I reglary go for a spin at weekends, the only downside is the small 9 ltr tank but with a range of about 130 miles I can live with that

    29 October 2008


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I've had mine 14 months now and put 12000 miles on it. It just keeps getting better.

I saw a review in this week's MCN of the new CCM450, they were raving on about how it was lighter than the CRF250 and made 40hp, well the XCountry weighs the same as the CCM450 and makes 15hp more! This is the pinnacle of BMWs single cylinder range, I wouldn't touch these new Chinese things with a barge pole. The only worry I have is that when it eventually breaks, there's nothing out there to replace it with!

21 January 2014 15:22



G650 X Country

how about a bigger tank to equal yamaha xt660 please bmw say 15 ltrs.

17 August 2009 02:00

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