2010 BMW G 450 X
Fine-tuned for even more competitive
BMW Motorrad has set yet another milestone in the
company's 80-year offroad tradition. It is the first
uncompromising, pure-blooded sports enduro to be produced
in the popular 450cc class and to have been developed
especially for enduro use, fit for taking part in
the most demanding contests in the world.
Meanwhile BMW Motorrad can look back proudly at the
numerous sporting successes it has achieved with the
G 450 X. Preliminary highlight was the second place
in the WEC, short hand for world enduro championship,
for Juha Salminen in class E2 enabled by top-professional
factory entries over the course of an entire season.
As well as chalking up several sporting successes
in the German Cross Country Championships, the Erzberg
Rodeo, and most recently, the Red Bull Romaniacs.
At this event in Rumania, Andreas Lettenbichler won
through decisively with his G 450 X against an entire
legion of worldwide motorcycling elite at a legendary
City Prolog event. Four racing days in the Carpathians,
with extremely steep uphill and downhill slopes, fast
rally-style sections, and difficult and selective
single trails through dark forests. To cap it all
was a veritable daredevil ride on the roof of a five-storey
building in the centre of the city of Sibiu.
And now, numerous technical optimisations have been
planned for the BMW G 450 X in the model year 2010.
For instance, a new dataset has been developed for
the ECU (engine control unit) of the bike's digital
engine management system. This results not only in
an improvement in fuel consumption but also a reduction
in engine break torque, improved start characteristics
and more sensitive responses, particularly with load
In addition to the usual standard features, an optional
extra is available in the form of a slip-on racing
silencer (without ABE and not homologated for on-road
use), which serves to further enhance the technical
concept of the G 450 X as a pure-blooded, uncompromising
sports enduro. Its main benefit compared to the standard
silencer is that it is around one kilogram lighter.
The stainless steel manifold, designed as a combined
reflective and absorptive silencer, fulfils FIM regulations,
is easy to assemble, and reduces the G 450 X's dry
weight in competition conditions to no more than 110
The chassis of the BMW G 450 X has also received
a number of modifications. The offset of the front
axle to the middle of the fork rod has been reduced
by 2.5 millimetres, resulting in more neutral handling
with optimum directional stability.
Furthermore, the new of the upside-down fork has
been recalibrated with a stronger damping progression,
resulting in more sensitive response characteristics
and improvements in overcoming bumps, even in very
tough off-road terrain.
The calibration of the rear strut has also been modified,
with the result that its damping characteristic now
also displays a more progressive line, favouring more
sensitive response characteristics. Ergonomics have
been improved with a new seat design; it is now filled
with soft foam and also displays an enlarged radius
in the upper thigh area. The new design features increased
comfort and affords the rider increased control over
The design of the new G 450 X is oriented towards
the successful factory racing models of the BMW Motorrad
Motorsport team, with matching, gold-anodised fork
The market launch of the new BMW G 450 X has been
set for October 2009.