BMW C650 SPORT (2015 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£250|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||liquid-cooled, 4V parallel twin|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||15.5 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||-|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£250|
|Used price||£5,100 - £5,500|
How much to insure?
Top speed & performance
|Max power||60 bhp|
|Max torque||46 ft-lb|
|Top speed||111 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Model history & versions
2012: BMW C600 Sport and C650 GT introduced
2015: Both models updated
BMW C650 GT: The SPort's bigger, more touring-focused brother.
Owners' reviews for the BMW C650 SPORT (2015 - on)
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£250|
Annual servicing cost: £250
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.
Great - copes well with bumpy roads and brakes are responsive
Powerful, smooth and reasonably efficient
New bike but so far so good
Quite an expensive bike but probably the best scooter you can buy at the moment
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
feels under developed and a bit crude. goes ok and looks good.
rides ok but needs more ground clearance. The brakes need a good wrench to stop the bike quickly
engine is smooth but feels crude for a bike this expensive, sounds good though.
corrosion on bike parts after 2 weeks. (winter), Still going ok no problems
more like a £8000 product, when you've put the bits on (box etc) its over 11 grand
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.
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.
Buying experience: exceptional customer service from BMW dealer