BMW C600 SPORT (2012-on) Review

Published: 30 April 2012

"Genuinely sporty for a scooter, with a claimed 108 top speed, sharp handling and aggressive styling"

BMW C600 SPORT  (2012-on)

"Genuinely sporty for a scooter, with a claimed 108 top speed, sharp handling and aggressive styling"

  • At a glance
  • 647cc  -  60 bhp
  • 58.8 mpg  -  206 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)
  • £9,495

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

Genuinely sporty for a scooter, with a claimed 108 top speed, sharp handling and aggressive styling. Well equipped, with ABS and a manually adjustable screen as standard, plus two glove boxes and a clever expandable under-seat compartment. Optional heated grips and seat available in a ‘Highline’ version for an extra £850. Much sportier than the C650 GT touring model despite sharing a chassis and engine. Production delayed after MCN reported the glove box doors felt cheap and one opened when supposedly locked. Pricey.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Sporty and nimble. Different ergonomics give it a sportier riding position than the bulkier C650 GT. You might even forget you’re on a scooter. Brakes and suspension are more than up to the job.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Production delayed after MCN reported the glove box doors felt cheap, and one 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.

Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5

It’s the most expensive scooter yet bar its brother, the C650GT. Suzuki’s 650 Burgman Executive has heated grips, seat, electric screen and 110mph+ performance for £1200 less. BMW might shift a few in the southern Europe but the C600 Sport is unlikely break any sales records in the UK.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Excellent for a scooter, with ABS and an easy-to-operate manually adjustable screen as standard. There are two small glove boxes, one lockable, and a clever expandable under-seat compartment, creating a slim-line tail section when in motion and space for two-full face lids when stopped.  A ‘Highline’ version is available with heated grips, seat and LED daytime running lights – for an eye-watering extra £850. 

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their BMW C600 SPORT (2012-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
2 out of 5

Badly built

22 September 2012 by Odaw

You'd not expect this from BMW but the quality of the plastic, the fitting, the finish of metal and plastic parts are all of quite bad quality. My Yamaha Xmax 250 costs less than half the price and has a much better built quality. I've given up... Read more switching. Maybe next generation will be better... Very disappointing!

Overall Rating 2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2012
Year discontinued -
New price £9,495
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 48 ft-lb
Top speed 108 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 58.8 mpg
Tank range 206 miles
Specification
Engine size 647cc
Engine type Liquid cooled 647cc (79mmx66mm) four-valve parallel twin. CVT transmission, enclosed chain-in-oil-bath final drive.
Frame type Aluminium bridge frame with aluminium rear frame bolted on.
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 249kg
Front suspension Upside down 40mm fork with 115mm travel.
Rear suspension Cast single-sided swingarm with single rear shock, 115mm travel.
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

2012: Model introduced

Other versions

C650GT. The same engine and chassis but with more bulk and different ergonomics, resulting in what feels like a completely different, more touring-focussed machine.

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