Wednesday, October 11, 2006

2007 BMW G650: Xmoto, XChallenge, and XCountry


The BMW G650 XChallenge is the most off-road-oriented among the three new XBikes

BMW have shown their new range of dual-purpose G650 motorcycles – the XMoto, XChallenge, and Xcountry. The bikes are powered by a retuned and lightened version of the BMW F650 engine – a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 652cc unit that makes 53 horsepower at 7,000rpm.


The XMoto wears street-oriented rubber and should be the sportiest of this trio

The XMoto is in the supermoto mould, with 17-inch wheels shod street-oriented rubber. The XChallenge is more off-road-oriented and sports 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, wearing dirt-oriented rubber. It’s also the lightest of the three bikes in the G650 range. The XCountry lies somewhere between the other two, with its 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels. ABS will be available as an optional extra on all three bikes, and riders will have the option of switching it off on the run.

And here’s a surprise – these new BMW bikes have been designed with the help of Aprilia, and all three XBikes will actually be built at Aprilia's factory in Scorze, Italy!


The XCountry should be a 'funmoto' and is positioned between the street-oriented XMoto and the off-road XChallenge

Here's a first ride report of the BMW G650 X series bikes

Also see:
Schnitzer HP2 - the ultimate supermoto!
2007 KTM 950 Super Enduro R
2007 Husaberg FS550e supermoto
2007 Ducati Hypermotard
2007 BMW K1200R Sport
2007 KTM 690SM

1 comment:

mg driver said...

In the XCountry, BMW has captured the spirit of bikes like the Yamaha DT-1 and BSA 441 Victor from the 1960's without resorting to a retro design. I eagerly await its arrival at a dealership in my area

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