2011 BMW G 650 GS
BMW G 650 GS – the success story
of the BMW Motorrad single-cylinder engine continues.
With the new BMW G 650 GS, BMW Motorrad
has added yet another attractive member to its BMW
GS family. With its lean, wiry offroad stature, the
new single-cylinder enduro cuts a cheeky, light, and
At the same time it stands out clearly
from its rivals in terms of quality, equipment, and
comfort. In conjunction with its relatively low weight
and the low seat height, it presents an attractive
means of entry to the passion of motorbiking and the
fascinating world of BMW GS adventure.
New edition based on a tried and tested
platform with high torque and low consumption single-cylinder
engine. The new G 650 GS has opted for a technology
on a widely used basis: the popular and successful
BMW F 650 GS with single-cylinder drive of many years’
standing. This liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine
with double overhead camshafts has a displacement
of 652 cc, delivers 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm, and
develops a maximum torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm. As
an optional accessory, the vehicle is also available
in a power reduction version, delivering 25 kW (34
hp) at 6500 rpm and 47 Nm at 4500 rpm.
Thanks to electronic fuel injection,
twin-spark ignition, the high geometrical compression
ratio of 11.5:1, and a closed-loop catalytic converter,
this tried and tested single-cylinder engine is designed
for the maximum level of riding pleasure with the
best possible efficiency and high environmental compatibility.
It shines forth with exemplary low consumption values
of, for example, only 3.2 litres per 100 km at a constant
In conjunction with the claw-shifted
five-speed gearbox, the free revving single-cylinder
engine in the new BMW G 650 GS provides for a thrilling
experience, in particular on snaking country roads.
Its beefy torque curves and good response also allow
detours handled with supreme ease beyond the asphalt
Robust suspension technology for great
riding pleasure on the country road and on easy terrain.
The suspension of the new G 650 GS
was developed primarily for running on country roads
and takes the form of an agile chassis with a bridge
frame of steel tubing and a bolt-on framework tail
that has already seen excellent service on the earlier
BMW F 650 GS.
Whereas the front wheel is controlled
by torsionally rigid telescopic forks, the rear system
takes the form of a solid dual swing arm of square
steel sections in conjunction with a monoshock linked
via a lever system. Besides the optimal riding stability
up to the maximum speed of 170 km/h (power reduction
145 km/h) the new G 650 GS presents a thrilling performance
of playful handling on the country road. Adequate
spring travel ensures a high level of riding comfort
and appealing off-road qualities despite its low seat
Powerful deceleration is provided by
the brake system consisting of a single brake disc
at the front and rear. The BMW Motorrad ABS, available
as optional factory-fitted equipment, can be deactivated
for off-road riding. Typical enduro design and colour
concept in the style of the BMW GS family.
The body of the new G 650 GS was completely
redesigned. In particular the front section makes
the single-cylinder enduro light, sporty, and dynamic.
The asymmetrical headlamp and the self steering front
wheel cover give the G 650 GS its look of absolute
A clear design of lines, the targeted
use of coloured areas and all black plastic parts
uphold the visual impression of a robust enduro outfit.
The overall impression of sportiness is boosted further
by the engine, exhaust covers, frame, swinging arm,
and slide tubes, which are all black, contrasting
plain colours of aura white and orange-red as well
as the matching two-tone seats.
The new BMW G 650 GS will be produced
at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin Spandau.
The following presents an overview of
the essential features of the new BMW G 650 GS:
- Reliable, high torque, and low consumption single-cylinder
engine with 652 cc displacement.
- Engine power 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm and maximum
torque 60 Nm at 5000 rpm.
- Tried and tested suspension concept with bridge
frame and swinging arm of steel, telescopic forks,
and monoshock (spring travel front 170 mm, rear
- Cast light alloy wheels in new design. Diameter
front 19”, rear 17”. Wider rear wheel
rim for even better riding stability.
- Stable brake system with single brake disc at
front and rear and OFF/ON BMW Motorrad ABS (optional
- Redesigned body scopes incl. windshield with
GS moulding and two-tone seat.
- Lean and ergonomic 14 litre tank.
- Three different seat heights: standard 780 mm,
low slung 750 mm (as optional factory-fitted equipment),
high seat (black) 820 mm.
- Sporty cockpit design with asymmetrical headlamp
and instrument panel.
- Luggage carrier with lockable storage compartment.
- Smoky grey indicators.
- New handlebar fittings.
- Extensive optional factory-fitted equipment:
BMW Motorrad ABS (ON/OFF), heated grips, anti-theft
alarm system, centre stand, socket, low slung.
- Extensive optional accessories with the familiarly
high BMW Motorrad standards.