2009 BMW G 450 X Review — Motorcycle USA

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BMW G450 X

2009 BMW G 450 X Review

We get by with a help from our friends. to the hard-working crew at MCN , here’s a on a bike we haven’t got a chance to — yet.

Sporting an frame design and compact the 2009 BMW G 450 X looks to make a for itself in the sport enduro

If you were a … man, have laid money on first-ever production enduro bike being quirky and but ultimately uncompetitive. After entering a whole new segment of the against established competition, on a that follows BMW’s of offering bikes with and often odd engineering looks a recipe for disappointment. Especially you throw in to the mix that the bike an engine designed by BMW but built by in Taiwan.

Even though race bikes that MCN were truly potent, was always an inkling the production would be a less capable, machine. Well, it’s The new BMW G450X is a genuinely fast bike that’s even race-focused than its slightly Japanese rivals.

It’s a threat to the king of real race bikes, KTM.

Yes, the BMW has some radical new which gives it a feel all of its But it’s as light as its rivals, as costs the same and actually more nimble. And unlike off-road race bikes, has 24-month warranty just its road bike siblings.

But be this isn’t a nice green lane toy for owners of mighty R1200GS looking for a little less lardy. a road-legal race bike takes proper setting up to get the out of it, thanks to its whole raft of new innovations.

The first of these is the unlikely key to the whole bike’s and that’s the position of the swingarm The knock-on effect of this is

The revolutionary design of the G 450 X’s and swingarm place the pivot and drive sprocket along the axle line.

— The pivots on the same axis as the sprocket, so as the suspension moves its arc the chain tension is constant, on normal bikes. This that the suspension isn’t by how hard you are on the gas, which to better traction.

— This pivot demands the swingarm is 30mm than on a conventional bike, aids stability.

— It means the engine has to be further so it’s closer to the centre of of the bike. This mass makes the G450X easier to around.

— Having the so far back means there’s of room to have the cylinder laid down rather almost vertical. Laying the down means the intake the fuel injection can be vertically from under where the tank usually would be. So the tract is straight, and the airbox is in of a conventional fuel tank.

makes changing air filters a and makes the bike less in deep river crossings.

The laid-down, rear-set engine the frame to be more compact therefore, stiffer.

— And to the bike even more the crank spins backwards. inertia has a huge effect on how a bike turns into so by having the engine spinning the way, the inertia helps the change direction.

But all this techno wizardry count for nothing if the bike didn’t work well. it does. The bike feels slimmer and more nimble any other 450. It turns and holds a tight line as long as you get the bike set up precisely. The suspension doesn’t use a linkage, but has the bolted directly between the and swingarm.

The suspension is progessive, to clever shock internals in the shock. Well, not that The linkless system was pioneered by for KTM almost a decade ago.

But quickly KTM bought suspension WP, and development on linkless shocks has pioneered by WP.

The Ohlins is supple and up bumps well, but must be set up with 110mm of sag with a on board, and 40mm of free If you don’t get this right, suffers.

The BMW enduro sports a disc with a two-piston up front.

The front end of the bike has Marzocchi forks that use technology abandoned by the Japanese and KTM a few ago in favour of sealed-cartridge systems and legs. The damping isn’t as and they are definitely more which is usually a bad thing. But on the the frame is so stiff that some flex in the forks is and they work well.

Not fantastic, especially compared to the handling and light feel of the but raceable in standard trim.

The though, is not race-ready. To make it road legal and compliant the tough Euro 3 emissions it comes with a catalytic and is electronically limited to 41bhp to the noise down.

The Akropovic racing exhaust manifold a throaty rumble.

For competition you simply plug in a new electronic that comes with the manual, and toss the lardy for BMW’s aftermarket Akrapovic in light titanium. It sheds off the weight and adds a huge Not only that, it actually the bike smoother right the rev range.

You get the feeling there be a single BMW G450X on the planet retains its standard silencer. In race form, the motor is and feels as powerful as anything on the It may not quite have the smoothness of the KTM engine, but it’s pretty

As for the details, the Brembo brakes are the plastic is top-quality Acerbis and the are top-quality Michelin. The fuel is under the seat, which is by a rubber bung towards the of the seat. It looks vunerable but BMW they never fall Despite throwing the bike several times on hilly, terrain, it stayed put.

BMW G450 X

you’d put money on it staying while handlebar deep in a mud bog is another thing.

Try before you buy

You be able to try the new BMW G450X before you buy on trails in the Spanish mountains Malaga, led by seven-times world champion Kari Tiainen.

who helped develop the G450X, riding trips in the mountains of Spain and will be getting the supplies of BMW’s new enduro Finnish hard-man Tiainen, 41, is a regular but tailors his trips to the and experience level of the riders. No have yet been announced, but you can dates by going to www.karitiainen.com.


Cost: £5599 US)

Power: 41bhp (51bhp optional silencer)

Torque: (44Nm with optional

Weight: 111kg (244.7

Fuel capacity: 8 litres gal.)

Engine: 449.5cc (98 x liquid-cooled four-… single-cylinder. fuel injection. Five Chain final drive.

Stainless steel tube removable aluminium sub-frame.

45mm upside-down telescopic adjustable for compression and rebound Single rear shock for pre-load, compression and rebound

Brakes: 260mm disc two-piston caliper. 220mm disc with single-piston

Tires: Michelin 90/90 x 21 140/80 x 18 rear.

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