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BMW C650 SPORT (2015-on) Review

Published: 05 November 2015

A good scooter that doesn't do enough to justify the price

BMW C650 SPORT  (2015-on)

A good scooter that doesn't do enough to justify the price

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

Scooters certinly make sense as easy, practical urban transport, but neither the Sport or its larger brother the C650 GT make enough sense to warrant spending almost £10,000 - especially with cheap touches such as the cubby holes. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The Sport makes light work of twisty roads, dropping into corners with ease and enthusiasm and responding well to more aggressive rider inputs, although once in the corner the Sport has a tendency to be upset by bumps. A good firm squeeze of both levers is required to bring the Sport to a stop in a hurry. The seat on the Sport lacks the comfort of the GT - lower back ache sets in all too soon - and you never quite feel like you're sat in the correct place on the seat.

Engine 4 out of 5

The 647cc parallel twin puts out 60bhp and feels much livelier in the Sport model due to the lighter weight compared to the GT. It's a capable engine, propelling the bike upto motorway cruising speeds with ease, and providing enough oomph to ease past cars once you get there. On greasy Spanish roads the traction control will activate when giving it full throttle from a standing start.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The 650 is mechanically very similar to the C600 Sport, and we're aware of no problems with the 600, so the 650 should be a solid machine.

Insurance, running costs & value 2 out of 5

At £9,600 there's no getting away from the fact the C650 Sport is an expensive scooter, and despite the price it doesn't offer any more than the competition.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The Sport comes with a manually adjustable screen, two cubby holes under the handlebars for small items and enough space under the seat for two helmets when the bike is stationary thanks to the clever BMW Flexcase which expands above the rear wheel. The Highline model also comes with heated grips and heated seat.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £9,600
Used price £8,500 to £9,800
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost £250
Performance
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 46 ft-lb
Top speed 111 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 647cc
Engine type liquid-cooled, 4V parallel twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 249kg
Front suspension 40mm upside down forks
Rear suspension 115mm travel Monoshock
Front brake 270mm twin discs, 2-piston floating calipers
Rear brake 270mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 ZR15
Rear tyre size 160/60 ZR15

History & Versions

Model history

2012: BMW C600 Sport and C650 GT introduced
2015: Both models updated 

Other versions

BMW C650 GT: The SPort's bigger, more touring-focused brother.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their BMW C650 SPORT (2015-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.

Review your BMW C650 SPORT (2015-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.7 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.3 out of 5
Equipment 4.7 out of 5
5 out of 5

Best Scooter around

17 October 2016 by Simon

Fantastic scooter which is equally at home in town and on the motorway. Whilst bike is quite heavy to move around when stationery it is very easy to manoeuvre on the go and also easy to filter through traffic.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Great - copes well with bumpy roads and brakes are responsive
Engine
5 out of 5
Powerful, smooth and reasonably efficient
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
New bike but so far so good
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Quite an expensive bike but probably the best scooter you can buy at the moment
Equipment
5 out of 5
Heated seats and grips are great
Buying experience

Bought from Riders in Cardiff. Great dealer. Delivered to the other side of the country. Was preregistered and saved a decent amount off listed price

4 out of 5

BMW must do better.

18 April 2016 by Fred

feels under developed and a bit crude. goes ok and looks good.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
rides ok but needs more ground clearance. The brakes need a good wrench to stop the bike quickly
Engine
4 out of 5
engine is smooth but feels crude for a bike this expensive, sounds good though.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
corrosion on bike parts after 2 weeks. (winter), Still going ok no problems
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
more like a £8000 product, when you've put the bits on (box etc) its over 11 grand
Equipment
4 out of 5
nice touches, lockable box, checking the oil and tyre pressures on the display. A hugger is a must, mud gets everywhere
Buying experience

New from BMW dealer. No problems but still waiting for my GPS holder after 4 months.

5 out of 5

22 March 2016 by converted

CVT transmission exceeds my expectations coming from a sport bike. Smooth power delivery and comfortable effortless cruising. My choice came down to Burgman or C650 sport but very happy with the choice of the C650 sport. This bike, sorry...(scooter) is a fun ride that is deceptively fast. I don't need 180HP to ride to work.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

exceptional customer service from BMW dealer

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