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Powerplant: 652cc Fuel-Injected Single-Cylinder, 5-speed trans.
Horsepower: 50 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 44 lb.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gallons (14 l)
Front Suspension Travel: 6.7 inches (170 mm)
Rear Suspension Travel: 6.5 inches (165 mm)
Seat Height: 31.5 inches (800 mm)
Wet Weight: 430 lbs (195 kg)
Years Produced: 2009 – Present
2014 Base MSRP: $7,850 US
The BMW G650GS is a street focused motorcycle, but its light weight and decent suspension travel makes exploring dirt trails more feasible than with the V-Strom or Versys. The low rpm power of the single cylinder engine is also easier to control in low traction conditions. However, a single cylinder engine emits more vibration than a twin on the highway.
The G650GS still provides good comfort for long-distance highway rides, with enough power to pass and stability at speed. Good gas mileage allows a range of roughly 200 miles per tank. This versatile bike is an excellent option for shorter riders with a low standard seat height. A variable seat height can be adjusted even lower by the dealer.