2012 BMW G650GS Sertao : First Ride

BMW | January 12, 2012

BMW has reintroduced their 650 dual sport single-cylinder motorcycle for model year 2012, which previously was known as the BMW F650GS Dakar. Having its roots back in 1993 and the unique F 650 single-cylinder Funduro, the newly launched G650GS Sertao and G650GS symbolizes the next phase in the fruition of the GS lineup of BMW. Just as the initial model, the newly launched 2012 BMW G650GS Sertao is a tad more than the twin sport, and that’s because it is been aimed directly at the escalating escapade touring sector, and to be more precise the new riders in the adventure touring segment. BMW is hoping that the dual-cylinder F800GS has matched the requirement in past some years, but the increasing demand of a low-priced, even fewer-threatening ADV bike helped ease the comeback of one of our old favorites.

2012 BMW G650GS Sertao

The 2012 BMW G650GS Sertao clearly is one of the definitive multi-function motorcycles. The G650GS has been fitted with all the attributes that it takes to handle the off-roading conditions, beginning with the 17-in rear wheel and 21-in spoke front. We think that the OEM Metzeler Tourance EXP tires basically are not ideal for the off-roading conditions, but they still are superb on the streets and delivers commendable job in the dirt. With seat height of 33.9-in the G650GS surely is a tall bike but when you compare it with German standards its short and this is why we’d have appreciated an inclusion of 35.4-in seats and at the same time offers respectable ground clearance. In addition to this it also is comparatively lighter with claimed weight of 426 lbs. A strong steel skid plate here guards the frame rails and frontage of the engine. There also are hand guards that provide protection to riders hand with things like brush and other things. The improbable windscreen of the bike delivers decent amount of protection from wind, but it’s nice to see that the thin bodywork doesn’t provide all that protection to riders’ legs which could be a problem during cold stretched streets.

The most obvious features that differentiate the new G650GS from the previous Dakar is the overall look. The brand new variant features the now recognizable BMW lop-sided headlight display, in addition to the GS-style framework, which was made popular by R1200GS and F800GS. The dash of the bike now houses an analog tachometer having a spotless LCD screen, which not only delivers speed, a clock and dual trip meters – but in addition to this all there also is a trip meter, which displays the number of miles you’ve crossed after the bike passes its the 1-gallon reserve. Interestingly, there isn’t any fuel gauge.

2012 BMW G650GS Sertao

The power for the 2012 BMW G650GS Sertao comes from a double-spark counterbalance 650 Single Cylinder engine. The engine here is fuel-injected and delivers an ultra-smooth 50-bhp of power and 44 lb-ft of torque. The linear power band here is without actual surge or peak, and hence it actually is perfect for new riders and works incredibly well during off-road. BMW promises that the 650GS has the potential of delivering 74 mpg in case you can maintain the speed at 55 mph. This means that the G650GS will be having a drive range of 270-mile. We expect it to deliver fuel efficiency in the range of 50 mpg on normal speeds, but still will have to wait for the official figures for the fuel efficiency to come.

Finally we’d say that the unique Dakar undoubtedly was one of our favorite bikes and the all new 2012 BMW G650GS Sertao priced at $8670 is a lot more refined and better-looking variant of that very bike. If you are beginner adventure junkie looking to join the adventure touring ranks you now could do that with an affordable alternative having the eventual ADV pedigree.

2012 BMW G650GS Sertao

Technical Specification:

  • Year: 2012
  • MSRP: $8,650
  • Manufacturer: BMW
  • Model: G650GS Sertão
  • Engine Type: 4-stroke Single-cylinder engine, 4 valves, 2 overhead camshafts
  • Engine Displacement: 652 cc
  • Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
  • Bore & Stroke: 100 mm x 83 mm
  • Fuel System: Closed-loop three-way catalytic converter, Emission set EU-3
  • Cooling: Liquid-Cooled
  • Ignition: Twin-spark ignition
  • Transmission: 5-speed Constant mesh gearbox incorporated into crankcase
  • Starting System: Electric
  • Rake and Trail: NA
  • Final Drive: Endless O-ring chain having shock damping in back wheel hub
  • Seat Height: 33.9 in.

2012 BMW G650GS Sertao

  • Wheel Base: 58.6 in.
  • Rear Suspension: Box-section steel dual swing arm, central spring strut operated by lever system
  • Front Suspension: Diameter 300 mm, Floating single disc, double-piston floating caliper
  • Rear Brake: Single disc, single-piston floating caliper, diameter 240 mm
  • Front Brake: Floating single disc, double-piston floating caliper, diameter 300 mm
  • Rear Tire: 130/80 R17 65S
  • Front Tire: 90/90 R21 54S
  • Dry Weight: 390 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal.

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