BMW G650GS Sertão | First Ride

Beyond Adventure 101

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Kevin Wing

Tech Spec

The entry-level G650GS gains suspension travel and dirt-worthy wire-spoke wheels to make the Sertao worthy of its name.
BMW G650GS, Honda XR650L, Kawasaki KLR650, Suzuki DR650SE

Price $8950 (as tested)
Engine type l-c single
Valve train text
Displacement DOHC, 4v
Bore x stroke 100.0 x 83.0mm
Compression ratio 11.5:1
Fuel System EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Claimed horsepower 50 bhp @ 6500 rpm
Claimed torque 44 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm
Frame Steel twin-spar
Front suspension Showa 41mm fork
Rear suspension Sachs shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake Brembo two-piston caliper, 300mm disc with ABS
Rear brake Brembo one-piston caliper, 240mm disc with ABS
Front tire 90/90-21 Metzeler Tourance EXP
Rear tire 130/80-17 Metzeler Tourance EXP
Rake/trail 28.1?/4.8 in.
Seat height 33.9 in.
Wheelbase 58.4 in.
Fuel capacity 3.7 gal.
Claimed curb weight 425 lbs.
Colors White
Available Now
Warranty 36 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact BMW of North America
P.O. Box 1227
Westwood, NJ

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

A genuine GS for single-minded adventurers.

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We really enjoyed your review of the BMW Sertao ! In fact, we have recently considered one as part of our transition from sport bikes. How about a future test ride comparison between the 650cc. 'dual sport' competitors (BMW, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda).............?
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