BMW F650CS – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Front: 41mm telescopic fork, fork stabiliser

Design [ edit ]

One of the F650CS removable bag options.

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

Performance [ edit ]

The Rotax single-cylinder engine was low-powered compared to the liter class superbikes that could be had for the same price at the time, but considered on its own merits the bike’s 44.2hp (33.0kW) (rear wheel) [ 1 ] was more than adequate for spirited riding in an urban setting, and the 59.9N·m (44.2lbf·ft) rear wheel torque [ 1 ] allowed for easy acceleration when maneuvering in traffic. [ 6 ] Testers found the handling light and quick, and surprisingly enjoyable in low-speed twisties and canyon curves. [ 3 ] [ 6 ] [ 12 ] Acceleration was tested at 0 to 60mph (0 to 97km/h) in 4.72 [ 1 ] to 5.47 seconds [ 12 ] and 13.07 seconds to the ¼ mile at 99.9mph (160.8km/h). [ 1 ] Braking 60 to 0 miles per hour (97 to 0km/h) was 116.5 to 118.5ft (35.5 to 36.1m). [ 1 ] [ 12 ]

BMW F650

Sales [ edit ]

Initial press reaction among motorcycle critics was uniformly positive, particularly praising BMW for taking a bold and innovative risk, and for their willingness to break traditional molds and entice consumers other than the typical motorcycle rider, though they worried that the cachet of the BMW label would not be enough to justify the premium price. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] [ 5 ] [ 6 ] [ 11 ] [ 12 ] It appeared at a time when most motorcycles were increasing in horsepower and specialization, and the F650CS went against those marketing trends, aimed instead at urban commuters, non-traditional riders, new motorcyclists, women, and shorter riders. [ 3 ] [ 4 ] The model was one example of BMW’s efforts to combat becoming too much of an old man’s brand, and expand beyond their famous touring machines into new markets. [ 5 ] The bike’s designer David Robb said that, If we want to offer something to new people we have to offer something new. [ 6 ] The large storage space and ease of use suggested the F650CS could attract scooter commuters as well as motorcyclists. [ 5 ] [ 11 ] BMW estimated 40% of sales would come from non-motorcyclists. [ 11 ] It was BMW’s first entry-level motorcycle since the R65 of 1978–1984. [ 15 ] The F650CS was derived from the dual-sport F650GS single, which was BMW’s top selling model worldwide in 2001. [ 16 ]

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

But for the year 2002, Motorcyclist magazine described the F650CS’s sales as an unmitigated flop, which languished alongside other lightweight European motorcycles that consumers found too expensive outside their home markets. [ 18 ] Three years later, in 2005, the F650CS was discontinued, and the F800 series was introduced in 2006, but it was a different class of motorcycle, aimed at the middleweight sport bike segment, for riders looking to upgrade from their first bike, or return to motorcycling, rather than the beginning motorcyclist market. [ 19 ] [ 20 ] The F800 had a straight-two engine. not a single, and though it shared belt drive with the F650CS and boasted its own technical innovations, it did not push the design envelope with the kind of unusual features found on the CS, nor did it elicit commentary for the polarizing nontraditional styling the CS was noted for. [ 19 ] [ 20 ] [ 21 ]

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