Yes, the pictures aren’t deceiving you. CAR magazine has acquired a long-term scooter. This is not your average bromponie or poegie though. The three motorcyclists on the CAR team were quite excited when BMW’s maxi-scooter arrived at our offices. Our first trip on the scooter was actually with two test members on board. Not ideal, but we need to properly test it after all.
Before anyone laughs, the specification of this motorcycle needs to be analysed. Tipping the scales at 249 kg (dry weight), this is not a light and nimble scooter, but its mass is cancelled out by a two-cylinder, four-stroke 647 cm3 engine. It delivers 44 kW at 7 500 r/min and 66 N.m at 6 000 r/min.
That is enough to leave many other motorcycles behind at the traffic lights, not to mention dozing car drivers. However, at R109 200, the GT is the same price as a BMW F 800 GS and more expensive than a G 650 GS or F 700 GS! Is this price justifiable?
Check back soon to find our first thoughts and experiences of this scooter. It will form part of our long-term fleet for the next few months.
The local supplier of RiderScan was kind enough to lend us a all-round visibility mirror. The process of sticking it to the main screen was quite easy. However, if your motorcycle’s screen shakes a lot, the mirror won’t be able to work at its ideal level.
On the scooter, it works well though. It gives a near 180-degree view, which if you’re riding in dense traffic helps you spot hazards easily. It does take some getting used to, though.
Mileage on arrival (km): 1 204
Mileage now (km): 1 482
Fuel consumption (litres/100 km): 5,7
Like: storage space, level of comfort
Don’t like: price, mass