Monday, July 07, 2008

New and improved: 2009 BMW G650 XCountry


The BMW G650 XCountry is now being made in China, but is none the worse for it...

Pics: Motoblog

BMW first showed the G650 XMoto, XChallenge and XCountry in October 2006. Now, the XCountry is the first of the trio to get a mild update. The bike is available with the new ‘sunset yellow’ paintjob you see here, suspension has been firmed up and travel has been reduced, seat height has been lowered, brake and clutch levers have been made adjustable and the bike now weighs in at 149.5kg dry.

The BMW G650’s single-cylinder, 652cc engine remains as before, producing 53bhp and 60Nm of torque. Braking is via 300mm (front) and 265mm (rear) discs. ABS is optional and can be switched off when the bike is being ridden off-road.

BMW have moved production of their G-series bikes to China, to take advantage of the lower production costs there. In fact, the single-cylinder engine used on the G650 range is actually manufactured by Loncin, a Chinese company that makes motorcycles, motorcycle engines and various motorcycle components.

However, being made in China has done no harm to the BMW G650 XCountry. The people at Motociclismo, who recently rode the bike, say that the quality and overall fit-and-finish is excellent. The engine vibrates at higher revs, but is powerful enough to let the bike lope along at a fair pace, without having to be redlined constantly. So, yes, priced at around US$10,600 the BMW G650 XCountry is now better than ever before…

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

it looks like the 31.5 new seat height is the change this bike needed. I've been wanting one of these for a good year, but am only 5'7 1/2" so I was concerned about the height.

However, how is a $1,400 price increase an improvement?? Most BMW dealers in the US are asking $8,895.

Now that they're being made in China, where's the savings? If ABS is included, 8,100 seems a fairer price. At 8895 I'd probably just go buy a new Ducati 696. Disappointing.

Anonymous said...

I got my 09 XCountry in Sep 08 and it runs very nice and smooth.
I have been riding for more than 20 years and this bike is so far the easiest most versatile I have tested.
Also my bike in not made in China but Berlin Germany according to all the documents that I have received with the bike.
There is now a G650 GS as well which is the same engine but in the "old" F650 GS type frame / style ,not as cool looking at the XCountry but if you do more off road probably better.

Anonymous said...

I have had my German,Rotax engined, tall settings X Country for a year now and I remain hooked on it. - I really enjoy riding it on the narrow dirt and sealed bendy roads for which it is intended. What a hoot - so much fun it makes me laugh.
Having to step up on to the peg to mount and balance with my tippy toes when stopped has not been a problem and I think I would prefer this softer suspension setting than the yellow one though I have not tried it.
Only down side was taking delivery with the centre seat hooks not engaged and finding the underside of the seat damaged.

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