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Steve Farrell  says:

Video: BMW G650GS is a lot of bike for £5000

MCN’s world-first ride on the new BMW G650GS has shown it’s competent on and off road and novice-friendly too. The BMW has 47bhp, which from 2013 will be the new power limit for novice riders, up from 33bhp. And at £4920 plus on-the-road charges, it’s one of the cheapest big bikes you can buy, undercutting even Suzuki’s budget SV650 at...

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

So basically a 10 year old bike (with new plastic) for about the same price as it sold 10 years ago... if it ain't broke why fix it?

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

Yarg!... 14 litre tank down from a useful >200 mile 17 litres... what was I saying about not broke?

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Darkrapture

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Darkrapture says:

What?

Did MCN just compare a 650 single putting out 47hp to a 75hp 650 vtwin?

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hellobignose

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hellobignose says:

Darkrapture

You are exactly correct. What are they doing making a comparison between two similarly-priced entry level bikes that will both be popular with newbies? Truly, their stupidity knows no bounds. The 650cc 47bhp single BMW should of course be compared to the hundreds of other adventure-styled 650cc 47bhp singles. Bloody MCN

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Darkrapture

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Darkrapture says:

hellobignose

I'd just like to see some impartiality for a change. BMW re-release a 10 year old bike (priced accordingly) and make it look like cutting edge kit with a bargain price which is clearly not the case. Don't get me wrong the G650GS looks like a fine bike and I'm sure it will sell well, I just prefer to read news from a news site. I can get the marketing blurb from BMW directly.

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Anonymous  says:

Both the SV and new BMW are very decently priced. MCN might have been better emphasising that you can get the new bike for £1500-£2000 less than the similarly specced XT660R or Z (although you can get discounts on the Yamahas - BMW never give discounts). I might have been interested if the seat height was bit higher! Be interestign to see what the fuel consumption is compared to the ultra frugal F650GS (twin).

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stevecase

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stevecase says:

I'd like shot of someone else's but I wouldn't buy one. I've ridden the old F650 Dakars and they seemed a bit crude and fairly bulletproof, i've had a quickee on the F650 X-Country and it was very smooth and quick for town and B-roads, so really the question is why not get one of these as you wouldn't use it as your main transport unless you like going slowly.

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kl595

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kl595 says:

You can compare the SV650 and other bikes against the BMW 650 GS but the point of the review was the Beemer is aimed at the 47bhp limit about to hit novice riders from 2013. Even the little SV produces more than this and will be out of the reach of newbies. Suzuki could always produce a 47bhp SV. Personally I wish they would produce an SV1200 but that's another story.

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stuarthw

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stuarthw says:

agree!

I totally agree with Darkrapture's observations above. A pity MCN just restate the marketing blurb and failed to give us a true assessment/review. (Nice looking bike though )

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stRickly

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stRickly says:

Yet another bike with a beak...

..Suzuki must be really raking in the styling royalties from BMW.

Can't knock the price though - if build quality hasn't suffered too much (engine built in China?). And I'm not sure I'd want to test its off road credentials with those wheels.

Will probably be popular with newbies/commuters though.

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