BMW G650 XCOUNTRY (2007-2012) Review

Published: 27 February 2007

"Short lived single-cylinder range all share the same frame and engine, but ride and look different"

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"Short lived single-cylinder range all share the same frame and engine, but ride and look different"

  • At a glance
  • 652cc  -  52 bhp
  • 47 mpg  -  90 miles range
  • Medium seat height (840mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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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Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

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.

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Equipment 4 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their BMW G650 XCOUNTRY (2007-2012) 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 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Brilliant

02 September 2013 by ranorthe

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

G650 X Country

29 October 2008 by lenny39

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... Read more downside is the small 9 ltr tank but with a range of about 130 miles I can live with that

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

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2012
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 52 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Top speed 106 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 47 mpg
Tank range 90 miles
Specification
Engine size 652cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4v dohc, single-cylinder. 43mm efi. 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel bridge frame with aluminium subframe and swingarm
Fuel capacity 9.5 litres
Seat height 840mm
Bike weight 144kg
Front suspension XChall’e & XMoto adj. for compression & rebound damping. XC’try non-adj.
Rear suspension XChall’e has air-damped shock with two-step damping adjustment. XMoto & XC’try adj. for pre-load, ride height and rebound damping
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

2007: BMW G650 motorcycles introduced.

Other versions

None.

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