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.
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.
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.
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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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.