2012 BMW G 650 GS
BMW G 650 GS – the success
story of the BMW Motorrad singlecylinder engine continues.
With the new BMW G 650 GS, BMW Motorrad
has added yet another attractive member to its BMW
GS family. With its lean, wiry offroad stature, the
new single-cylinder enduro cuts a cheeky, light, and
At the same time it stands out clearly
from its rivals in terms of quality, equipment, and
comfort. In conjunction with its relatively low weight
and the low seat height, it presents an attractive
means of entry to the passion of motorbiking and the
fascinating world of BMW GS adventure.
New edition based on a tried
and tested platform with high torque and low consumption
The new G 650 GS has opted for a technology
on a widely used basis: the popular and successful
BMW F 650 GS with single-cylinder drive of many years’
standing. This liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine
with double overhead camshafts has a displacement
of 652 cc, delivers 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm, and
develops a maximum torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm. As
an optional accessory, the vehicle is also available
in a power reduction version, delivering 25 kW (34
hp) at 6500 rpm and 47 Nm at 4500 rpm.
Thanks to electronic fuel injection,
twin-spark ignition, the high geometrical compression
ratio of 11.5:1, and a closed-loop catalytic converter,
this tried and tested single-cylinder engine is designed
for the maximum level of riding pleasure with the
best possible efficiency and high environmental compatibility.
It shines forth with exemplary low consumption values
of, for example, only 3.2 litres per 100 km at a constant
In conjunction with the claw-shifted
five-speed gearbox, the free revving single-cylinder
engine in the new BMW G 650 GS provides for a thrilling
experience, in particular on snaking country roads.
Its beefy torque curves and good response also allow
detours handled with supreme ease beyond the asphalt
Robust suspension technology
for great riding pleasure on the country road and
on easy terrain.
The suspension of the new G 650 GS
was developed primarily for running on country roads
and takes 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.
Whereas the front wheel is controlled
by torsionally rigid telescopic forks, the rear system
takes the form of 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 170 km/h (power reduction
145 km/h) 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
Powerful deceleration is provided by
the brake system consisting 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.
The body of the new G 650 GS was completely
redesigned. In particular the front section makes
the single-cylinder enduro light, sporty, and dynamic.
The asymmetrical headlamp and the self steering front
wheel cover give the G 650 GS its look of absolute
A clear design of lines, the targeted
use of coloured 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 colours 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.
The following presents an overview
of the essential features of the new BMW G 650 GS:
- 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
- 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
- Redesigned body scopes incl. windshield with
GS moulding and two-tone seat.
- Lean and ergonomic 14 litre 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 grey indicators.
- New handlebar fittings.
- • Extensive optional factory-fitted equipment:
BMW Motorrad ABS (ON/OFF), heated grips, anti-theft
alarm system, centre stand, socket, low slung.
- Extensive optional accessories with the familiarly
high BMW Motorrad standards.
High torque, economical single-cylinder engine for
dynamic riding pleasure and great riding potential.
The heart of the new BMW G 650 GS is the 652 cc
single-cylinder engine with four valves, double overhead
camshafts, electronic fuel injection, and twin-spark
ignition, known from the BMW F 650 GS built until
With a power output of 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm
and a maximum torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm, and this
coupled with its low weight of only 192 kg with a
full fuel tank, it is the perfect dynamic partner
especially on country roads and easy terrain.
Owing to the new driving licence regulations that
are currently in force in Spain and that will be enforced
in all other EU member states in early 2013, the ECE
version of the G 650 GS was homologated for a power
output of 35 kW (48 hp) and a maximum torque of 60
Nm. For new licence holders in the EU outside of Spain,
there is a power reduction version delivering 25 kW
(34 hp) as a retrofit option.
Exemplary running smoothness, not self-evident in
the single-cylinder segment, is ensured by a counterbalance
shaft that extensively suppresses vibrations. In conjunction
with a closed-loop catalytic converter and the engine
controller BMS-C II, vehicles fitted with this engine
and its twin-spark
ignition conform to the applicable emission regulations.
Further practical benefits of this technology are
the ride comfort, throttle response, and remarkably
low fuel consumption.
With a compression ratio of 11.5:1, the engine is
designed for a fuel quality with an octane number
of at least 91 RON for a convincing range of low consumption
values. At a constant 90 km/h, for instance, the consumption
is only 3.2 litres per 100 km, so ranges of 350 kilometres
and more are possible.
A regulated heat balance in the engine is ensured
with 1.3 litres of coolant. The coolant level can
be checked easily using the inspection window integrated
in the GS inscription on the left side.
Technology and design.
Power is transmitted by a claw-shifted five-speed
gearbox. As usual for the enduro segment, the secondary
drive is transferred via an O ring chain. For optimal
acceleration, particularly when starting off or overtaking,
the enduro features a secondary ratio that with 16/47
teeth (1:2.937) is relatively short.
Safe suspension handling with the ideal combination
of country road and offroad qualities.
For high torsional resistance and a robust quality
typical of enduros, the new BMW G 650 GS has opted
for a tubular bridge frame of steel sections with
bolt-on framework tail. The dual swing arm is supported
against the frame via a monoshock and lever deflector
and is likewise made of a stable square steel section.
Superior riding stability up to the maximum speed
is assured with the telescopic forks fitted with a
fork stabiliser and a fixed fork tube that is 41 mm
in diameter. The spring travel is 170 mm at the front
and 165 mm at the rear (low slung 140 mm / 130 mm),
so moderate seat height is united with offroad practicality
that is suitable for easy terrain.
Even easy off-road rides are mastered with ease
by the redesigned cast light alloy wheels fitted as
standard. For improved riding stability at higher
speeds, the rear wheel rim was widened from 3.0”
to 3.5”. Tyres in the sizes 110/80 R19 59V and
140/80 R17 69V are fitted on the 2.50 x 19“
front rims and the 3.50 x 17” rear rims respectively.
The chassis of the new BMW G 650 GS is designed
for the greatest possible agility and carefree cornering
pleasure on country roads, but without sacrifice to
either comfort or travelling practicality. The high
degree of riding stability, steering precision, and
handling inspire confidence even in first time motorbike
Featuring a 300 mm disc brake at the front and a
240 mm disc brake at the rear, the brake system of
the new BMW G 650 GS is designed for stable and easily
controllable deceleration. As part of its optional
factory-fitted equipment, the BMW G 650 GS also offers
an ABS system and so even greater safety in braking
manoeuvres. For offroad riding, the BMW Motorrad ABS
can of course be deactivated.
Perfected ergonomics for unadulterated enduro
Since the very outset, the single-cylinder models
from BMW Motorrad have been characterised by a compact
design and easy handling. The rear tank with its low
centre of gravity is a key contribution to the agile
handling properties of the new G 650 GS. The new,
particularly lean tank shape serves to improve yet
again the inner leg length and therefore the ease
of dismounting from the G 650 GS compared with the
single cylinder F 650 GS.
At the same time the leaner vehicle waist means
that the rider can easily stand when manoeuvring offroad.
For individual ergonomics, the new BMW G 650 GS
comes with no fewer than three different seat heights.
Besides the standard seat, the low slung suspension
as optional factory-fitted equipment and the retrofit
high seat make sure that virtually every motorbiker
feels at ease on the G 650 GS.
A relaxed seated position and the optimal vehicle
control are provided by the new wide and ergonomically
moulded handlebar. The clutch lever can be reconfigured
to each rider’s individual reach.
At higher speeds the standard windshield perceptibly
shields the rider’s upper body from wind and
directs oncoming wind over the helmet. For even greater
long-haul comfort, a higher windshield is available
from the range of BMW Motorrad optional accessories.
Dynamic front section design with sporty
The asymmetrical headlamp, the sporty indicators
with smoky grey glass covers, and the self steering
front wheel cover give the new G 650 GS an unmistakable,
dynamic face that immediately hallmarks it as a genuine
Completely new is the compact, flat instrument panel,
consisting of an analogue speedometer and an LCD display
with digital tachometer. This LCD display also presents
additional information, such as the kilometres travelled,
two trip counters and the time. For indicators, high
beam, idling, fuel reserve, ABS, and engine temperature,
the LEDs present a clear arrangement to the right
of the round instrument. In addition, simple and safe
handling is ensured by new, lean, multifunctional
switches operated like conventional indicators.
Modern, sporty design in the typical BMW
The new BMW G 650 GS presents itself as an authentic
member of the BMW GS family. Its lean, wiry look gives
it lightness and rouses the thrill of adventure. With
its clear play of lines and the deliberate combination
of colour paintwork areas and black components, it
cuts a purist figure with that touch of robustness
typical of the enduro. With high quality technology
and visual appeal, the exhaust system is presented
in brushed stainless steel with black anodised covers.
Optional equipment and optional accessories
– the perfect potential for optimising the BMW
G 650 GS.
Even in the standard version, the new BMW G 650
GS justifies its claim as an almost perfect, light-footed,
dynamic enduro. In addition, BMW Motorrad provides
the usual extensive range of optional equipment and
optional accessories for the further individualisation
of the new BMW G 650 GS.
Optional equipment is factory fitted and is integrated
in the production process. Optional accessories are
installed by the BMW Motorrad dealer, so the motorcycle
can be fitted with options afterwards as well.
* Also as optional accessory retrofits.
- BMW Motorrad ABS (ON/OFF) incl. hazard warning
- Heated grips.*
- Anti-theft alarm system DWA.*
- Charging socket.*
- Centre stand.*
- Low slung (seat height 750 mm).
** Also available as optional factory-fitted equipment.
Storage space range.
- Vario panniers in a new design.
- Pannier carriers.
- Inner pocket for vario panniers.
- Inner pocket for topcase.
- Tank rucksack.
Ergonomics and comfort.
- Heated grips.**
- Charging socket.**
- Centre stand.**
- Seat, high (plain black, seat height 820 mm).
- Single seat with luggage compartment (plain black,
seat height 780 mm like standard).
- Hand protectors.
- Windshield, high.
- Windshield, tinted.
- Windshield, high, tinted.
- Anti-theft alarm system DWA.**
- Engine guard, aluminium.
- Engine protection bar.
- LED lamp for charging socket.
- Power reduction 25 kW.
Dynamic colour scheme in the GS character.
The typical enduro character of the new BMW G 650
GS is underscored by the colours plain orange-red
and aura white. Exciting contrasts creating a dynamic
impression arise from the interplay of painted body
scopes and black elements like the engine, centre
cover, exhaust covers, frame, swinging arm, and slide
Contrasts and therefore touches of class are also
presented by the Nürburg silver of the engine
cover for alternator and clutch, the magnesium of
the wheels, and the indicators with the smoky grey
glass covers. The dynamic appearance of the G 650
GS is underscored in the detail of the BMW GS inscription
on the speedometer dial, the windshield, and the side
For the preferred personal taste, the two colour
variants can be combined with one of two different
colour schemes for the seat, either black/red or black/grey.