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2011 BMW GS

For 2011, BMW Motorrad has created another sibling in the GS family, the BMW G 650 GS. The adventure motorcycle, built to be pleasant both on and off the street, features low weight, a low seat height, comfort, intense German technology and the motor that’s made BMW enthusiasts satisfied for a long time now, the tried and tested single-cylinder engine.

The 652cc motor features double-overhead camshafts, and delivers 48 hp (35kw) at 6500 rpm, and 44 ft.lbs (60nm) of torque at 5000 rpm. As an optional accessory, the G650 GS is also available in a power reduction version, delivering 34 hp (25 kw) at 6500 rpm and 34 ft.lbs (47 nm) of torque at 4500 rpm.

The motor is designed for maximum horsepower with maximum efficiency, thanks to electronic fuel injection, twin-spark ignition, the high geometrical compression ratio of 11.5:1, and a closed-loop catalytic converter. The free-revving BMW G 650 GS transfers all the strong torque curves through a five-speed transmission. Both work together with to make the GS more than capable on or off the asphalt.

The suspension on the 2011 650 GS was built for country roads, taking the form of an agile chassis with a bridge frame of steel tubing and a bolt-on framework tail that has already seen excellent service on the earlier BMW F 650 GS.

The front wheel is controlled by torsionally rigid telescopic forks, and the rear uses a solid dual swing arm of square steel sections in conjunction with a monoshock linked via a lever system.

Besides the optimal riding stability up to the maximum speed of 105 mph (power reduction 90 mpg) the new G 650 GS presents a thrilling performance of playful handling on the country road. Adequate spring travel ensures a high level of riding comfort and appealing off-road qualities despite its low seat height.

Stopping comes easy on the BMW G 650 GS; the brake system consists of a single brake disc at the front and rear. The BMW Motorrad ABS, available as optional factory-fitted equipment, can be deactivated for off-road riding.

Typical enduro design and colour concept in the style of the BMW GS family.

New for 2011, the G 650 GS has a completely redesigned body. The front section makes the enduro light, sporty, and dynamic. The asymmetrical headlamp and the self steering front wheel cover give the G 650 GS its look of absolute independence.

BMW says a clear design of lines, the targeted use of colored areas and all black plastic parts uphold the visual impression of a robust enduro outfit. The overall impression of sportiness is boosted further by the engine, exhaust covers, frame, swinging arm, and slide tubes, which are all black, contrasting with the plain colors of aura white and orange-red as well as the matching two-tone seats.

The new BMW G 650 GS will be produced at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin Spandau.

2011 BMW G 650 GS Features:

  • Reliable, high torque, and low consumption single-cylinder engine with 652 cc displacement.
  • Engine power 35 kw (48 hp) at 6500 rpm and maximum torque 60 nm at 5000 rpm.
  • Tried and tested suspension concept with bridge frame and swinging arm of steel, telescopic forks, and monoshock (spring travel front 170 mm, rear 165 mm).
  • Cast light alloy wheels in new design. Diameter front 19″, rear 17″. Wider rear wheel rim for even better riding stability.
  • Stable brake system with single brake disc at front and rear and OFF/ON BMW Motorrad ABS (optional factory-fitted equipment).
  • Redesigned body scopes incl. windshield with GS molding and two-tone seat.
  • Lean and ergonomic 14 liter tank.
  • Three different seat heights: standard 780 mm, low slung 750 mm (as optional factory-fitted equipment), high seat (black) 820 mm.
  • Sporty cockpit design with asymmetrical headlamp and instrument panel.
  • Luggage carrier with lockable storage compartment.
  • Smoky gray indicators.
  • New handlebar fittings.
  • Extensive optional factory-fitted equipment: BMW Motorrad ABS (ON/OFF), heated grips, anti-theft alarm system, center stand, socket, low slung.
  • Extensive optional accessories with the familiarly high BMW Motorrad standards.