Even at a standstill, the Street Moto clearly proves that this very special machine focuses on one highlight in particular: sheer riding pleasure on country roads.
BMW G 650 Xmoto – enjoying fast bends on the road
Small 17-inch wheels, the aluminium handlebar fastened in position by extra-short mounting clamps, the front wheel cover complete with its colour-highlighted tube protectors fitted close to the tyre, as well as the headlight fairing finished in twin-tone Graphitane metallic matt and Red clearly change the proportions of this special model, giving the G 650 Xmoto an even more muscular and athletic look, even though many of the fairing components as well as the asymmetrically designed headlight are the same as on the Hard Enduro.
The Street Moto nevertheless stands out significantly from its “sister models” in terms of its suspension set-up, with the smaller cast-aluminium 17-inch wheels running on sports tyres with very good grip ensuring optimised handling in every respect. Measuring 120/70 at the front and 160/60 at the rear, the tyres reflect the muscular look and character of the machine, allowing use of the latest sports tyres on the rims measuring 3.5 and, respectively, 4.5 inches in width.
Apart from lower gyro-forces on the front wheel, the shorter camber also enhances the motorcycle’s handling and agility on the road.
The forward-leaning seating position also helps to make long and winding bends as well as serpentines a truly outstanding pleasure on two wheels, optimum directional stability on straight passages in between again leaving nothing to be desired.
One of the improvements made to optimise the motorcycle’s suspension geometry is the opening for the front axle moved further back, again in the interest of almost playful but nevertheless safe handling for significant benefits also in city traffic.
2007 BMW G 650 Xmoto
Both the springs and dampers are specifically tailored to the Street Moto with its particular requirements and riding qualities. While the upside-down telescopic fork offers 270 millimetres or 10.6´´ spring travel like on the Hard Enduro, the fork is even firmer and tauter all round in its inbound and rebound motion. Particularly the sporting rider will be happy to enjoy the sensitive, incremental adjustment of the damper in both directions, ensuring an individual, personalised set-up at all times.
Rear-wheel suspension, in turn, is firmer and shorter, with spring travel at the rear of 245 millimetres or 9.65´´.
The Street Moto boasts the most powerful brake system of all models in the G 650 X line-up: At the front a four-piston fixed calliper interacts with a 320-millimetre (12.60´´) brake disc in floating arrangement, interacting with high-grip radial tyres for exceptional deceleration benefiting in particular from the very high torsional stability of the USD telescopic fork with its main tubes measuring 45 millimetres or 1.77´´ in diameter.
With its 240-millimetre (9.45´´) brake disc and floating-calliper configuration, the rear-wheel brake is the same as on the other two models.
Final drive on the G 650 X Moto conceived for road use comes with a ratio of 16 : 47 teeth, that is somewhat “longer” than on the Enduro version.
Engine: Liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke power unit with dual ignition Capacity(cc): 652 Bore/stroke(mm): 100/83 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
Electrical System Alternator(W): 280 Battery(V/Ah): 12/10, maintenance-free
Power Transmission/Gearbox 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: 2.937
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: Air Damping System Spring travel, front/rear(mm): 270/245 Castor(mm): 98 Wheelbase(mm): 1,500 Steering unit angle(°): 61.5 Single-disc brake, front, disc dia(mm): Four-piston calliper, 1 x dia 320 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: cast wheels; front 3.50 x 17; rear 4.50 x 17 Tyres: front 120/70-17; rear 160/60-17
Weights and Dimensions Length, overall(mm): 2,155 Width, overall, with mirrors(mm): 907 Width, overall, without mirrors(mm): 825 Seat height(mm): 900 Dry weight/DIN unladen weight(kg): 147/159