BMW G650GS Bike Overview
The G650GS is essentially an updated version of BMW’s G650 and F650GS single. Like its super-popular predecessor, the F650GS, it’s an entry-level adventure bike and one of the most affordable BMW motorcycles ever made.
The single-cylinder motor differs from the F650’s, though. The old bulletproof Austrian-built Rotax unit has been replaced with a Chinese motor from Lonchin. Reliability doesn’t seem to have been affected, despite this cost-cutting measure, but the timing of its arrival — when the far more practical twin-cylinder F800GS was already selling well — has meant that sales were relatively poor and lead to its demise in 2017, just six years after its 2011 launch.
The G650GS a fairly capable middle-weight adventure bike, and feels well balanced on the road, especially round town and in traffic. The single-cylinder motor is a little limiting on longer trips that involve motorway work, though the counter-balanced Chinese engine is smoother than you might expect and delivers incredibly good fuel economy with around 90mpg reported from some owners. Short final gearing is an indication that BMW thought more owners would ride off-road, and can be a pain on faster roads. Changing the sprockets is an easy fix; re-calibrating the speedo possibly less so.
Early models can be had for as little as £3,000, while a good late model will set you back around £5,000.
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BMW G650GS Bike Spec
- Top speed105 mph
- Engine4 valve, single cylinder, liquid cooled
- Average fuel consumption59 mpg
- Seat height780mm
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Engine does not feel powerful. Comparing with other 650cc I've ridden is one of the slowest ones
Haven't done many miles, but for the moment no issues.
Brakes are OK. FR suspension is a bit soft therefor feels a bit strange.