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BMW C 650 GT Review

What’s this a scooter?

This is not just any it’s the 2013 BMW C 650 GT.

Welcome to the project bike!

new, it’s definitely and it’s a BMW. Come for the ride as I explore this Mobility device that is, oh, 2/3 motorcycle and 1/3 scooter.

Commuting? riding? Touring? The answer is.

The only thing it probably do is plonk around off-road. but who maybe we’ll see another scooter some day. BMW C 650 GS


The BMW Concept C scooter was introduced at the 2010 EICMA (report) in Milan and the event was live in my webBikeWorld reports.

I was about the new Urban Mobility back then, but I followed up another look at the 2011 show (report). when BMW the near-final production versions of are now known as the BMW C 650 Sport and C 650 GT (report, show and videos) .

That look didn’t convince me one way or to be honest. But for some reason, I going back to the photos of the Maxi-Scooter during the year, and I myself following the stories and coming out of Europe about new two-wheeler.

I don’t really myself a scooter guy and, in other than a mildly urge a half-decade ago to own a 1961 Tourist (don’t ask), as far as I was a scooter was not really a motorcycle in my

As it turned out, that was a harbinger of the future — my and BMW’s future — in ways than one.

It is the of BMW’s recent foray Urban Mobility and, in it’s the Great Grandpappy of the C 650 GT. had exactly the same goals for the back in the 1950’s as BMW has for the C 650 series of although I’m not sure ever get a BMW staffer to admit it or find one old enough to know there was such a thing as the Tourist!

The 1961 Heinkel Tourist: the of the BMW C 650 GT.

Why the C 650 GT?

One of my puny thoughts led, as sometimes do, to another and as I was pondering a victim for the next webBikeWorld bike one hot July day, it came to me. I wanted something new and and the C 650 GT bubbled through those synapses and into my consciousness.

The I thought about it, the more I that there will be a lot of in the new C-series scooters. That will surely come BMW owners; motorcyclists who are curious the world of scooters; first-time of all stripes and yes — even owners. And one more demographic: the rising population of maturing riders, who may want something a bit relaxed than, say, a

Me the Scooter Guy?

I’ve riding motorcycles since (remember?) was making the Metralla, but my experience with scooters has a few ’round-the-block blasts on the now-restored, Heinkel.

10-inch tires and 175 of 1961-flavor horsepower means I was passed going uphill by on modern-era mountain bikes, so the was relegated to the garage.

But that is absolutely non-existent with the C 650 GT. 60 and 49 foot-pounds of torque is probably again as much as the Suzuki (blog). the current webBikeWorld bike in our Budget Adventure series, making this one scoot!

In fact, my first-day impressions the C 650 GT are that it’s more than scooter. After it has all of the modern motorcycle bits: forks; dual disk in the front and a single disk in the ABS all around and meaty 15-inch radials (120/70 ZR front and ZR rear).

Throw in the Highline with three-way heated (low, high and automatic), a three-way heated seat and controls for the heated passenger along with a tire monitoring system, and you can start to see the

Looking out over the top of the windscreen and down at the very modern-looking the mind says touring not scooter. The only thing gives it away is if I glance at my feet and remember they’re to floorboards, not foot pegs.

acceleration and braking don’t it away either — and the CVT reminds me of the Aprilia Mana 850 GT I a couple of years ago. In the C 650 GT is pretty close to touring of the Mana 850 GT, for all practical purposes. In my memory wants to tell me the C 650 GT is faster, quicker handling and better than the Aprilia.


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Riding the C 650 GT: First Impressions

impressions are almost always due to the novelty and excitement after delivery of a brand-new motorcycle.

But been around two-wheelers of all long enough to have a deep enough personal to recognize the subtle differences over the long term, can weight from one side of the to the other.

In fact, I was prepared to be by the C 650 GT and I kept my expectations in check. all, it’s a scooter, I anticipated a somewhat mushy sluggish handling and how about all unsprung mass in the rear final drive mechanism?

Combine that with a CVT and (yikes!) 261 kg (575 lb.) weight and Interstate excursions be out of the question. or so I thought.

I was also nervous about my scooter experience, which amounts to just a gnat’s hair of zero. On top of that, the crowd of BMW and owners that formed me as I took delivery outdoors at Cycles in Gaithersburg, Maryland help. They were enough, but casting a critical eye on me and the new Mobility device I now owned.

first twist of that would tell all!

things first: where’s the Even the Heinkel — way of its time in 1961 — has a a four-speed manual transmission and a pedal for the rear brake in to the standard front brake under the right hand.

The C 650 has two all right, but that one on the left the rear brake, not a clutch. How is that? I pictured myself for the clutch lever, locking up the and a quick, not-pretty ending to my Mobility adventures.

Not a problem as I was assured by Todd Dibell, my knowledgeable and reassuring BMW sales You’ll have the hang of it you get to the end of the driveway, he said.

Right! Of he’s going to say that he’s a salesman! On top of that, he has my money!

But guess what? He was I faltered only a bit as I first that throttle — I think the onlookers noticed.

Maybe a wobble or two before first right turn Battley’s driveway and. by the I crossed the sidewalk and entered the (first looking left, of I knew everything was going to be fine.

On the Road

The low center of is key; it feels like 90% of the is below the seat. The top of the scooter back and forth with effort with just a of counter-steering, with less than any motorcycle I’ve I think that’s the key that the relatively hefty,

565 lb. road-ready of the C 650 GT. It honestly doesn’t feel heavy at all (except when to pull it up onto the center more on how do do that in an upcoming

The suspension is surprisingly un-scooter-like actually, I kind of wish I adjust it for a bit more compliance, but I think it will be bothersome the long term. I did bottom out a deeply recessed manhole that couldn’t be avoided; the was similar to taking heavy on a Harley-Davidson Softail.

Those 15 tubeless Feelfree tires stick like glue and the combination of the long 1,591 mm wheelbase, low center of gravity and ABS brakes make this stop right now.

The of the CVT transmission, different sounds, transition ability, the Feelfree and the excellent brakes eventually me more first-day confidence was probably reasonable. I took the on some of my favorite curvy and found myself steaming corners way too hot on more than one

The solution? Don’t panic by the brakes, but keep it on the gas while the eyes up and way past and through the then trust the old instincts, it leaned over and let The Force you. I found that farther down the road I normally do, way through the turn and the bike — I mean — is the fastest, most fun and approach.

Weird to say that about a no?

The downside? There’s a lot of CVT wind-up about 45 MPH. Twist the and the engine revs more I thought it would and with sound, too.

BMW has an Akrapovi- option for the C 650 scooters, which something for their intentions this series.

But I wish was an Eco mode for the CVT that would it down until those get up to speed. The scooter feels and a bit hyper until 45 MPH shows on the After that, the CVT quiets and the wind blocks the engine

Hurricane Sandy was just its smackdown on Saturday and the rain was to spit, so I called it quits 75 miles. I’m hoping Sandy won’t flood the and a more extensive C 650 GT workout have to wait until the end of the when hopefully the skies clear.


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The BMW C 650 GT Project Bike Blog

The Project Bike blogs and layout format have over time, starting the BMW K75 and moving through the Triumph Sport and the Triumph Tiger .

In 2007, the Ducati GT1000 was hugely popular, so it was followed up the Multistrada 620 Blog. Our current Bike is an ongoing evolution, in the Suzuki DR650SE Blog. also features the most page format for webBikeWorld Bikes.

Over the next year or so, I add articles, photos and videos to the BMW C 650 GT Bike Blog. Topics include maintenance, life the C 650 GT and accessories. This should interesting because there is a zero experience base BMW’s C-series scooters and no outside of a few official BMW offerings.

I some quick pre-Sandy and an equally quick walk-around of my 2013 C 650 GT in Platinum Bronze, and apologies for the hand-held shakes, have more detailed coming up with on-board and more details on the features and of this amazing scooter.

w BW BMW C 650 GT Initial Walk-Around

BMW C 650 GT Specifications and

The rumor is that Kymco with BMW on the development of the C-series. had to be a difficult decision for a company BMW, but there’s no shame in it at as Kymco has a well-known and respected manufacturer with a 50-year Kymco also has a large distribution center and the Taiwan-based plant is ISO9001 registered.

cover the down-and-dirty details in an blog entry, and there’s in the BMW C 650 Sport and C 650 GT report, slide and videos from the 2011 show, where the near-final BMW C 650 and GT production versions were exactly one year ago.

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