While the F800 is a bargain compared to the R1200, it's still expensive, and we're told mo
The 650GS in its single-cylinder state isn't a lot of bike. The new F800GS-based "650," which will also have a 798cc mill, should be a big improvement. Meanwhile, the R1200GS is still king when it comes to acceleration, long-distance comfort and passenger accommodations, especially for those not inclined to venture off-road. It's also king in cost, going for about $5000 more than the F800GS. (Note to the lustful: Add $495 for freight and prep.) Accessories will be plentiful, with bags available straight from the R1200GS line.
Still feel like a kid waiting for Christmas? Santa Klaus has been a little slow wrapping this one, but we're told it will be under the tree by fall.
The GS legacy that began in 1980 adopts its third different engine configuration.
Aprilia RXV550, Kawasaki KLR650, KTM 690 Enduro, Suzuki V-Strom 650.
|Price ||$10,520 |
|Engine type ||l-c parallel-twin |
|Valve train ||DOHC, 4v |
|Displacement ||798cc |
|Bore x stroke ||82.0 x 72.0mm |
|Compression ||12.0:1 |
|Fuel system ||EFI |
|Clutch ||Wet, multi-plate |
|Transmission ||6-speed |
|Claimed horsepower ||85 bhp @ 7500 rpm |
|Claimed torque ||62 lb.-ft. @ 5750 rpm |
|Frame ||Tubular-steel trellis |
|Front suspension ||45mm Showa inverted fork |
|Rear suspension ||Single Showa shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping |
|Front Brake ||Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 300mm discs |
|Rear Brake ||Single Brembo two-piston caliper, 265mm disc |
|Front tire ||90/90-21 Metzeler Tourance |
|Rear tire ||150/70-17 Metzeler Tourance |
|Rake/trail ||26.0/4.6 in. |
|Seat height ||33.5-34.6 in. |
|Wheelbase ||62.1 in. |
|Fuel capacity ||4.3 gal. |
|Claimed weight (tank full/empty) ||408/435 lbs. |
|Colors ||Graphite, black/yellow |
|Available ||August |
BMW Motorrad USA
300 Chestnut Ridge Rd.
Westwood, NJ 07675
A truly dirt-worthy enduro for around town or around the world.