BMW returns to the single life with the introduction of the G 650 GS. With it, the company reintroduced the highly-acclaimed 652 cm3 single-cylinder four-stroke engine to its range. In fact, the new G could probably be described as the spiritual successor to the original F 650 GS that remains one of BMW’s most popular bikes – both locally and in global markets.
The unit delivers 35 kW at 6 500 r/min and 60 N.m of torque at 5 000 r/min, and is good for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 5,7 seconds and a top speed of 170 km/h.
The whole idea with the new G 650 is to offer a lighter and nimbler version of the company’s current GS line-up, which consists of the F 650 GS, F 800 GS and R 1200 GS. So yes, it will be able to handle dirt roads – to some degree – thanks to long-travel suspension, 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, a narrow frame and high seating position. The wheels are cast alloy, however. Much like the F 650 GS, the G model promises to be a perfect daily commuter.
Pricing starts at R81 272, but you’ll pay extra for heated grips, ABS, a lower or higher seat, centre stand, engine guards and an array of panniers.
We hope to test the bike soon, but be sure to regularly visit the website to catch a full riding impression.