BMW G650 X Series | First Ride

Lifestyles of the Young and Single

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Kevin Wing

The Xmoto derivation is pricier still at $9575, but it's our pick of this litter. The G-spec single is smooth enough for short freeway sorties, though the seat towers nearly 3 feet over the pavement and feels like upholstered Bakelite. Narrow? Compared to anyone's inline-four, it's like straddling a pool cue. The appeal has less to do with actual supermoto slithering than dissecting roads with more corners than straights. Acceleration is underwhelming by 600cc supersport standards, but the alleged 53 horses go a long way working against its 351-lb. (wet) weight. Armed with effectively unlimited cornering clearance, serious brakes and sticky Pirelli Diablo radials, the Xmoto rewards tidy lines with astonishing back-road velocity. As with its two brothers, this one is a bit too focused to be the only motorcycle in most garages we know. And it's expensive. But if you're tired of the rising tide of clich engineering and horsepower saturation, the single life has its advantages.

Tech Spec
Evolution
Leaner, more athletic successor to the F650 singles, the G650 comes in dual-sport Xchallenge and scrambler Xcountry variants as well as the featured Xmoto.

Rivals
Stronger and dramatically more capable than Suzuki's DR-Z400SM, the BMW is a supermoto single for those who want the racy look in a more civilized, cooperative package than KTM's new 690 single.

Tech
Price: $9575
Engine type: l-c single
Valve train: DOHC, 4v
Displacement: 652cc
Bore x stroke: 100.0 x 83.0mm
Compression: 11.5:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 5-speed
Horsepower: 53 bhp @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 44 lb.-ft. @ 5250 rpm
Frame: Modular steel/aluminumFront suspension: 45mm inverted fork, adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Single shock adjustable for spring preload, rebound damping
Front brake: Single four-piston caliper, 320mm disc
Rear brake: Singe two-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Front tire: 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli DiabloRear tire: 160/60 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo
Rake/trail: 28.5o/3.9 in.
Seat height: 35.4 in.
Wheelbase: 59.0 in.
Fuel capacity: 2.5 gal.
Dry weight: 324 lbs.
Colors: Gray/red
Available: Now
Warranty: 36 months, unlimited mi.
Contact: BMW Motorrad USA300 Chestnut Ridge Rd.Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677800.831.1117www.bmwmotorcycles.com

Verdict
BMW is betting there's a market for supermoto attitude in a socially acceptable package, but that'll be a tough sell for nearly $10,000.

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