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2011 BMW G650GS Road Test

Rider magazine just posted their review of the 2011 BMW G650GS. Main changes from previous models include…

Rider magazine just posted their review of the 2011 BMW G650GS.

Main changes from previous models include; all-new bodywork, a taller windscreen, a re-done instrument panel, a narrower midsection (thanks to a smaller underseat fuel tank) and the wheels are now cast aluminum with tubeless tires.

Other notable changes include a redesigned handlebar that lacks the motocross-style cross member and the absence of bashplate. Overall they felt the bike was somewhat less dirt-worthy than previous models.

Unchanged is the 652cc, EFI, liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine producing 43.4 horsepower at 7,300 rpm and 37.7 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.

They averaged 57.3 mpg in their overall test (48.6 mpg offroad, 64.2 mpg highway) so the 3.7-gallon tank is good for well over 200 miles.

The base price of the 2011 is $7,350 (a few hundred bucks less than last year’s), but BMW has moved some of the standard features to options, so a careful comparison is required.

Production of the 2012 G650 GS began in August.

See the full review at ridermagazine.com.

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