BMW G 650 Xcountry – a modern interpretation of the scrambler. Back in the ’50s and ’60s of the last century, road-going motorcycles also suitable for offroad use after making a few technical modifications were called “scramblers”.
And today the BMW G 650 Xcountry offers the same versatility, bringing together the best of two worlds: excellent road-going qualities combined with offroad assets typical of an Enduro.
In terms of both looks and technical features, the G 650 Xcountry stands out quite clearly from its two sister models: Featuring a smooth-lens round headlight, a “naked” cockpit without fairing, a two-level seat and the front mudguard running close to the wheel and held in position by a stable tubular bracket, the G 650 Xcountry alludes clearly and intentionally to the classic scrambler. Indeed, this particular look is further enhanced by the high-rising exhaust system as well as twin-tone paintwork in Deep Black and White Aluminium matt metallic.
The G 650 Xcountry is also quite unique in technical terms, the telescopic fork still offering ample and relatively smooth wheel travel requiring a mere 240 millimetres or 9.45´´ overall travel to ensure exemplary riding comfort and appropriate offroad qualities. The rear gas-pressure spring strut, in turn,comes with an adjustable inbound stroke and spring pre-tension allowing 210 millimetres or 8.27´´ spring travel. It also features convenient adjustment for length allowing variation of seat height from 840 to 870 millimetres (33.1 to 34.3´´). In combination with the high-rising aluminium handlebar complete with vibration-damping weights, this ensures a particularly casual and relaxed seating position.
It almost goes without saying that a scrambler, by tradition alone, simply has to come on wire-spoke wheels. So this is precisely what the G 650 Xcountry has to offer, ensuring consistent lightweight technology all the way, with hollow-cast aluminium hubs and epoxy-plated rims also made of light alloy.
Typical of a scrambler, the 19-inch front wheel, as well as the 17-inch wheel at the rear, both roll on hollow-drilled wheel shafts. And last but not least, tyres with their own special tread and dimensions of 100/90 at the front and 130/80 at the rear, again live up to all the versatile and individual requirements made of a scrambler.
Superior stopping power is provided also on the G 650 Xcountry by brake discs measuring 300 millimetres or 11.81´´ in diameter at the front and 240 millimetres (9.45´´) in diameter at the rear. The brake callipers are floating units with double-piston actuators at the front.
Featuring a 16-tooth pinion and a 47-tooth sprocket, finally, the final drive ratio is exactly the same as on the Street Moto.
Engine: Liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke power unit with dual ignition
Max output(kW/hp): 39/53 at rpm 7,000
Max torque(Nm/lb-ft): 60/44 at rpm 5,250
Compression ratio/fuel grade: 11.5 : 1/unleaded premium (RON 95)
Valve/gas charge management: DOHC (double overhead camshaft)
Valves per cylinder/intake/outlet dia(mm): 4/36/31
Fuel supply: Electronic manifold injection, BMS-C II
Throttle butterfly diameter(mm): 43
Exhaust management: Fully controlled three-way catalytic converter
Battery(V/Ah): 12/10, maintenance-free
Clutch: Multiple-plate clutch in oil bath
Gearbox: Dog-shift five-speed gearbox
Primary transmission ratio: 1.946
Gear ratios: I 2.750; II 1.750; III 1.310; IV 1.050; V 0.840
Rear wheel drive: Chain
Final drive: 3.133
Suspension and Running Gear
Frame: Steel bridge tubular frame with bolted cast aluminium components and aluminium rear frame
Suspension, front: USD telescopic fork, tube dia 45 mm
Suspension, rear: Aluminium two-unit cast swing arm
Spring strut: Gas-pressure spring strut
Spring travel, front/rear(mm): 240/210
Steering unit angle(°): 61.5
Single-disc brake, front, disc dia(mm): Double-piston calliper, 1 x dia 300
Single-disc brake, rear, disc dia(mm): Single-piston floating calliper, dia 240
Anti-lock brake system: BMW Motorrad ABS available as an option
Wheels: Spoke wheels; front 2.50 x 19; rear 3.00 x 17
Tyres: front 100/90-19; rear 130/80-17
Weights and Dimensions
Length, overall(mm): 2,185
Width, overall, with mirrors(mm): 907
Width, overall, without mirrors(mm): 860
Seat height(mm): 840–870
Dry weight/DIN unladen weight(kg): 148/160
Fuel Consumption and Performance
Fuel consumption 90 km/h(ltr/100 km): 3.4
Fuel consumption 120 km/h(ltr/100 km): 4.8
Top speed, approx(km/h): 170