2009 BMW G Review


BMW, the German automobile and motorcycle manufacturer, introduced the dual-sport F 650 motorcycle in 1995, selling more than 110,000 machines worldwide in the following 15 years. In 2009 the company reintroduced the bike to the United States (and other markets) as the G 650 GS, where it joined the 2009 G 650 Xcountry, also an on-and-off-road bike, and the brand-new G 450X, primarily a dirt bike.

All of BMW’s G bikes are single-cylinder machines. The 650 Xcountry and the 650 GS have 652cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engines. In 2009 the company replaced the Rotax engines it had used for years with Loncin engines made to its specifications in China. The fuel system is managed with dual overhead cams and injectors. Both bikes have five-speed manual transmissions, with chain final drives. Hydraulic disc brakes in the front and back provide the stopping power; anti-lock brakes are available as an option for both models. The Xcountry has an adjustable inverted fork front suspension; the GS has a telescopic fork. Both have adjustable rear shocks with rebound damping.

The 450X has a 449cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine, a dual overhead cam, and fuel injectors. It also has disc brakes, a five-speed manual transmission, and chain final drive. Like the Xcountry, it has an inverted fork front suspension and an adjustable twin-sided swing arm rear suspension. New to the market and intended primarily for trail use, it was not street-legal in California the year it was released, though BMW expected California Air Resources Board certification. Reviewers were not happy with its suspension and general ergonomics, feeling that that the seat was too high and the balance was not rider-friendly.

The G 650 models came with a considerable list of options, ranging from a wide variety of top and side cases, heated hand grips, and onboard navigation to a frame protector, tinted windshield, and hand protectors. Options for the 450X were more limited, but they did include a lower seat.

New For 2009

  • BMW introduced the 450X this year, the company's first dirt bike
  • Tweaks to the 650 Xcountry include lowering the seat slightly, adjusting the suspension slightly by reducing the fork and swing arm travel, and adding the option of ABS; the Rotax engine was replaced with a model made by Loncin in China
  • The 650 GS was reintroduced to the U.S. market; it had been available until 2007 as the F650 GS, with the same Chinese-made engine found in the 650 Xcountry

2009 BMW G Specs

  • Model: 650 Xcountry; 650 GS; 450X
  • Engine Type: 652cc, liquid-cooled, single cylinder four-stroke (650 Xcountry and 650 GS); 449cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke (450X)
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.94 inches x 3.17 inches (650 Xcountry); 3.94 inches x 3.27 inches (650GS); 3.86 inches x 2.32 inches (450X)
  • Compression ratio: 11.5:1 (650 Xcountry and 650 GS); 12.0:1 (450X)
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Fuel injected
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.5 gallons (650 Xcountry); 4 gallons (650 GS); 1.8 gallons (450X)
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 49 miles per gallon
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted fork with adjustable preload and rebound damping (650 Xcountry and 450X); telescopic fork (650 GS)
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-sided swing arm with adjustable spring preload shock (650 Xcountry and 650 GS); twin-sided swing arm with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping (450X)
  • Wheelbase: 59 inches (650 Xcountry); 58.2 inches (650 GS); 58 inches (450X)
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 33.1 inches (650 Xcountry); 30.7 inches ( 650 GS); 35.9 inches (450X)
  • Curb Weight: 352.7 pounds (650 Xcountry); 423 pounds (650 GS); 267 pounds (450X)
  • Tires (Front): 100/90 R19 (650 Xcountry and GS); 90/90 R21 (450X)
  • Tires (Rear): 130/80 R17 (650 Xcountry and GS); 140/80 R18 (450X)


  • Aluminum hand protectors
  • Aluminum hand protector spoilers
  • Chain guard
  • Factory-installed ABS
  • BMW Navigator III Plus
  • Enduro handlebar cushion
  • Luggage rack
  • Rear bag
  • Tank bag
  • Tinted windshield

Key Competitors For The 2009 BMW G

  • 2009 Kawasaki KLR650
  • 2009 Aprilia Pegaso 650
  • 2009 KTM 450 SX-F
  • 2009 Honda CRF450R