2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertao Review

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BMW G 650 GS

Trevor Hedge

BMW has long supreme at the upper end of the adventure-touring with the fantastic R 1200 GS, taking a decent slice of the market with the introduction of the F 800 GS in and are now aiming at the affordable end of the market the re-introduction of an updated, G 650 GS Sertao

At $12,700 plus on roads, it is 50% more expensive than dated but enduringly successful They both tip the scales a tad 190kg ready to ride, have an off-road sized 21 rim to help with stability on the are very comfortable, learner and powered by 650cc single-cylinder

With a huge 22-litre capacity, the Kawasaki holds a eight-litre advantage over the but with much better from the significantly more and cultured BMW. Much of advantage is clawed back in the world. In fact, other simplicity and price the BMW completely Kawasaki’s venerable KLR650 in area, and so it should.

Despite looking similarly to the … eye, the BMW suspension is and the damping well controlled. A 210mm of travel at both coped surprisingly well everything thrown at it.

The suspension and of the machine really surprised the out of me: it performed admirably on everything truly snotty hillclimbs many enduro bike would think twice on knobblies — let alone the biased Metzeler Tourance EXP our Sertao’s wore — to creek crossings and a little air erosion banks.

Looking at the bike through a eyebrow before we left, the looking forks, modest and cheap looking swingarm, me visions of spending the following in Victoria’s high country in pain as I hit the bump stops at ends over sharp rocks and obstacles. I never the machine once.

That due to 100mm of rain in 24 hours, the were very slippery and limited, therefore we couldn’t … things hard an extremely high likelihood of the ride on a helicopter ride to Alfred Hospital.

In such conditions, however, the work of engineers in keeping the weight low and clearly paid dividends. The felt slim between the offered great ergonomics and felt ponderous.

While the is no huge powerhouse, it is surprisingly and deceptively grunty. BMW did their ensuring the on-off throttle is smooth and resistant to stalling at rpm. Both huge for the less experience off-road which, in reality, is exactly the of rider this machine is at.

On the highway the Sertao turns a and leisurely 4000rpm for 100km/h. 60Nm of torque peaking later, and its 48hp peak a 1000rpm towards the 7000rpm overtaking is easily achieved.

As far as soft-roader machines go, it is safe to say the powerplant makes the KLR650 and even more off-road Suzuki DR650, feel anaemic and old hat.

The gearbox was fuss free although neutral with off-road on was harder than I would preferred. And with the machine to start unless it was in neutral, my source of frustration. Even in neutral, the Sertao was sometimes to start; it always did start and seriously threatened not to, but it had to wind on the motor much longer I would have preferred.

Clutch take-up is predictable and designed to make the machine as as possible for those tricky hill starts.

Braking is smooth and progressive with a amount of braking power BMW’s excellent switchable ABS is a $650 optional extra. heated grips and a handy socket for your electrical are fitted as standard to Australian machines along with an protection guard and handy luggage rack.

If you have a for a little adventure-touring action but confidence and experience off-road, the Sertao is a great fit. If you are an rider, the Sertao will in all underwhelm you, but get in a seriously situation and you will quickly be for its forgiving nature.

BMW G 650 GS

BMW positions itself as a premium and charges accordingly. Thus, on a equation in comparison to the affordable and established single-cylinder stalwarts of category, it is hard to justify the amount of extra coin the commands.

There is no doubt the is a comprehensively better all-road machine than the comparable and Suzuki offerings in this but unfortunately you do have to pay for that However, if you are a man or woman of means for a learner capable machine to every facet that on and motorcycling has to offer in comfort, it would be hard to go past the

Specifications — 2012 BMW G 650 GS

Displacement — 652cc

Type — Type four-…, single-cylinder

Bore x — 100 x 83mm

Induction EFI

Transmission — Five-speed

(LxW) — 2,185mm x (at mirrors)

BMW G 650 GS
BMW G 650 GS

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