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BMW C650GT (2015-on) Review

Published: 13 November 2015

Updated: 13 November 2015

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

BMW C650GT  (2015-on)

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

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The GT is the better of the two C650 scooters if you're looking for practicality and mile-munching capabilities, but at over £10,000 it's an incredible amount of money for a scooter. You'd have to really want a GT to fork out that amount of money for one.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Although noticeably heavier and slower to steer than the Sport, the GT is the scooter that inspires a little more confidence in the corners as the extra 12kg of mass help to flatten out any mid-corner bumps. The GT's seat is more than comfortable enough for long journeys, and the lower back support helps keep you upright and prevents the onset of back ache. The footboards are wide and spacious, so you'll find somewhere for your feet no matter how tall you are. The 270mm twin discs up front struggle to bring the heavy GT to a stop with any urgency - a good squeeze of the back brake is required too.

Engine 3 out of 5

The 647cc parallel-twin motor provides plenty of punch, BMW have made changes to the CVT transmission for better acceleration in traffic and a higher top speed. On the greasy roads of Valencia the new-for-2016 Automatic Stability Control (ASC) is forced into action when I ask for the full 60bhp straight away, but it doesn't hinder acceleration too much. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The new scoot is mechanically very similar to the original, and we're aware of no problems, so the 650 should be a solid machine.

Insurance, running costs & value 2 out of 5

At over £10,000 the GT is extremely expensive for a scooter, especially when it doesn't really offer much more than the compeition.

Equipment 4 out of 5

There's space under the seat for two full face helmets, two cubby holes in the front, an electric screen, ASC (Automatic Stability Control), and wind deflectors at the bottom of the screen. The GT also has Side View Assist as an optional extra for £360, which motifies you when there's somebody in your blind spot within five metres via orange warning triangles on the mirror stalks. It’s a smart idea, but the lights were just out of my peripheral vision. In heavy traffic they’re constantly on and passing trees or walls too close on county roads can set them off. The mirrors on the GT are some of the best I've ever used.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £10,390
Used price £6,000 to £9,700
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 46 ft-lb
Top speed 111 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Engine size 647cc
Engine type liquid-cooled, 4V parallel twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 261kg
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: Model introduced

Other versions

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