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Front: 41mm fork, fork stabiliser

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One of the F650CS removable bag

Traditionally, BMW has favored shaft [ 14 ] but for the first time chose drive for this application for its in cost and weight over drive, and because it did not require the cleaning, lubrication, and adjustment of chain drive. as well as longer than a chain and quieter. [ 2 ] [ 12 ] Using belt was consistent with the intent to new motorcyclists who might not be comfortable the mechanical chores normally with motorcycling. [ 2 ] Though drives have greater loss than chains, are typical of high-performance motorcycles, do not suffer from chain since chains must be slightly loose but belts tight at all times, meaning the of the drivetrain is comparable to a heavier and costly shaft drive. [ 4 ] [ 5 ]

Performance [ edit ]

The Rotax engine was low-powered compared to the class superbikes that be had for the same price at the time, but on its own merits the bike’s 44.2hp (rear wheel) [ 1 ] was more adequate for spirited riding in an setting, and the 59.9N·m (44.2lbf·ft) wheel torque [ 1 ] allowed for acceleration when maneuvering in [ 6 ] Testers found the handling and quick, and surprisingly enjoyable in twisties and canyon curves. [ 3 ] [ 6 ] [ 12 ] was tested at 0 to 60mph (0 to 97km/h) in [ 1 ] to 5.47 seconds [ 12 ] and 13.07 to the ¼ mile at 99.9mph (160.8km/h). [ 1 ] 60 to 0 miles per hour (97 to 0km/h) was to 118.5ft (35.5 to 36.1m). [ 1 ] [ 12 ]

BMW F650

Sales [ edit ]

Initial reaction among motorcycle was uniformly positive, particularly BMW for taking a bold and innovative and for their willingness to break molds and entice consumers than the typical motorcycle though they worried the cachet of the BMW label would not be to justify the premium price. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] [ 5 ] [ 6 ] [ 11 ] [ 12 ] It at a time when most were increasing in horsepower and and the F650CS went against marketing trends, aimed at urban commuters, non-traditional new motorcyclists, women, and shorter [ 3 ] [ 4 ] The model was one example of BMW’s to combat becoming too much of an old brand, and expand beyond famous touring machines new markets. [ 5 ] The bike’s designer Robb said that, If we to offer something to new people we to offer something new. [ 6 ] The storage space and ease of use the F650CS could attract commuters as well as motorcyclists. [ 5 ] [ 11 ] BMW 40% of sales would come non-motorcyclists.

[ 11 ] It was BMW’s first entry-level since the R65 of 1978–1984. [ 15 ] The F650CS was from the dual-sport F650GS which was BMW’s top selling worldwide in 2001. [ 16 ]

In its Canadian advertising campaign, the was tied with images of sports in unlikely locales, snowboarding down Mount and windsurfing whitecaps in the Pacific accompanied by lines such as You the urge to windsurf across the Ocean. but what you really is a ride on the new F650CS. [ 13 ] [ 17 ] Hendrik von president and CEO of BMW Group explained These riders want a that expresses their and expands on their already lifestyle. [ 13 ] Ads were placed in magazines rather than motorcycle magazines. [ 13 ]

But for the year 2002, Motorcyclist described the F650CS’s sales as an flop, which languished other lightweight European that consumers found too outside their home [ 18 ] Three years later, in the F650CS was discontinued, and the F800 was introduced in 2006, but it was a different of motorcycle, aimed at the middleweight bike segment, for riders to upgrade from their bike, or return to motorcycling, than the beginning motorcyclist [ 19 ] [ 20 ] The F800 had a straight-two engine. not a and though it shared belt with the F650CS and boasted its own innovations, it did not push the design with the kind of unusual found on the CS, nor did it elicit commentary for the nontraditional styling the CS was noted [ 19 ] [ 20 ] [ 21 ]

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