Buyers Guide BMW 2016 BMW G 650 GS | Buyer's Guide

2016 BMW G 650 GS | Buyer’s Guide

2016 BMW G 650 G | Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide

2016 BMW G 650 GS | Buyer's Guide
2016 BMW G 650 GS

The most basic of the BMW GS line, the G 650 is powered by a big thumper, that is just slightly oversquare for an excellent spread of power.

A six-speed transmission puts its 50 horses to the ground effectively, and the claimed wet weight of 423 pounds means the bike isn’t overwhelming in the dirt.

Typical of the GS line, the G 650 is highly customizable with plenty of accessories available from BMW to make it a bike capable of globetrotting. Suspension can be lowered by BMW, and various seats allow for a wide variety of inseams.

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2016 BMW G 650 GS Specs:


  • Type: Liquid-cooled, DOHC single
  • Lubrication: Dry sump
  • Bore x stroke: 100 x 83mm
  • Displacement: 652cc
  • Maximum power: 50 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 44 ft/lbs @ 5000 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 11.5:1
  • Engine management: Electronic intake pipe injection; twin-spark ignition
  • Emissions control: Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3


  • Maximum speed: 106 mph
  • Fuel consumption: 74 mpg at a constant 55 mph
  • Fuel: Regular unleaded


  • Alternator: 3-phase, 400 watts
  • Battery: 12 V / 14 Ah


  • Clutch: Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated
  • Gearbox: Constant mesh 5-speed
  • Drive: Endless O-ring chain with shock damping in rear wheel hub


  • Frame: Bridge-type steel section w/ bolt-on subframe
  • Front suspension: 41mm inverted forks with brace; 6.7 inches of travel
  • Rear suspension: Cast aluminum swingarm, WAD strut (travel related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable, rebound damping adjustable; 8.5 inches of travel


  • Type: Wire spoke wheels
  • Front rim: 2.15 x 21″
  • Rear rim: 4.25 x 17″
  • Front tire: 110/80 R19
  • Rear tire: 140/80 R17
  • Front brake: 300mm disc w/ four-piston floating caliper
  • Rear brake: 240mm disc, with dual-piston floating caliper
  • ABS: Standard (defeatable)


  • L x W x H: 85 x 36 x 55 inches
  • Wheelbase: 58.2 inches
  • Rake: 28.1°
  • Trail: 4.5 inches
  • Seat height: 31.5 inches (standard); various optional seats
  • Curb weight: 430 pounds
  • Fuel capacity: 3.7 gallons

2016 BMW G 650 GS Colors:

  • Deep Black
  • Aura White

2016 BMW G 650 GS Price:

  • From $7995

Don Williams
Don Williams
With 45 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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