2012 BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao

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The Sertao badge represents a proof of sportiness and agility and the G650S proves this statement once more. The Sertao weighs 426-lbs which is 4.0-lbs more than the standard G650GS, but this doesn’t affect the motorcycle’s agility. Therefore the BMW G650GS Sertao continues to be a true master of both off road and on road riding.

The motorcycle is packed with a 652 cc engine which generates a maximum output of 48 hp at 6500 rpm and a peak torque of 44 lb/ft at 5000 rpm. Fuel consumption is rated at 74 mpg at a constant 55 mph.

As far as styling goes, the G 650 GS Sertao received a unique Aura white/Arroy blue paintjob which helps it stand out from the crowd.

The G 650 GS Sertao chassis was developed primarily for country roads and light offroad use, thereby it features longer spring travels and tighter tuning. Additionally the Sertao is also fitted with wire spoke wheels.

Hit the jump for more information on the BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao.

BMW G650GS Overview

BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao

Why not? That’s the motto of the G 650 GS. Whether in town or on the gravel track: with this machine you have every terrain under control, and you get more than your money’s worth when it comes to riding fun, too.

The G 650 GS continues the success story of BMW Motorrad’s single cylinder engines in impressive fashion - with a solid output of 48 hp at 6500 rpm and a maximum torque of 44 ft-lb at 5000 rpm. The bike offers absolutely sensational fuel consumption levels: 74 mpg, at a constant 55 mph.

The ride feel on the G 650 GS is thrilling, too - wherever you’re going. Whether on the road or over rough terrain - the reliable, tried-and-tested chassis with central spring strut on the swinging fork ensures crisp handling. Membership of the enduro family is highlighted in this new machine with the upright seating position and an impressive 6.7" of spring travel at the front with 5.5" at the rear. The moderate standard seat height of 30.7" and the lowered suspension option make this experience accessible to virtually anyone.

The G 650 GS is robust, powerful and yet still extremely light, weighing just 431 lbs (with a full tank). With its low fuel consumption and simple handling, it is not just ideal for beginning motorcyclists. Its slim, athletic stature in a youthful and typically enduro-style design stands for uncomplicated riding pleasure and pure fun. Even the paint finish is a real eye-catcher - whether in hot-blooded Orange Red or pure Aura White.

The equipment features of the new BMW enduro include comfortable hand protectors, aluminum sump guard, a high windshield and practical Vario cases.

The options make the machine a touch safer still: a center stand makes for improved stability, the heated grips provide a more solid grasp and ABS prevents the wheels from locking.

With the G 650 GS you will simply have fun. So just get on and off you go: why not?

BMW G650GS Sertao Overview

BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao

Power, robustness and agility combined with maximum control. This is what the G 650 GS Sertão stands for - a machine designed to master even the most adventurous forays into off-road terrain. Naturally its outstanding ride characteristics not only make it excel here but also in everyday riding on country roads or in city traffic.

No wonder - with these technical features: The engine generates 48 hp at 6500 rpm and a maximum torque of 44 lb/ft at 5000 rpm. Fuel consumption is sensationally low at 74 mpg at a constant 55 mph and thanks to its extremely low weight of 390 lbs with full tank the bike handles easily in every situation.

The G 650 GS Sertão is a thrilling bike to look at, too. The exclusive color design is classic in Aura white/Arroy blue while remaining modern at the same time. The luggage carrier is in black and the seat in black/grey.

Enduro fans will also enjoy the wide range of equipment. Thanks to state-of-the-art ABS the braking performance of the G 650 GS Sertão reaches a new level on wet asphalt. Apart from riding safety, a high level of comfort is ensured by the heated grips and the socket which ensures untroubled travel feeling on long distance rides. The equipment features are rounded off by the original BMW Motorrad alarm system.

All this makes the G 650 GS Sertão a versatile Funduro which calls out for adventure, like the exciting desert of Brasil after which it was named. Let yourself in for adventure!

Press Release

BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao

With its new BMW G 650 GS Sertao, BMW Motorrad has added a new, sporting chapter to the history of single cylinders in the BMW GS family. Whereas the G 650 GS thrilled riders with its lean, wiry offroad stature, the G 650 GS Sertao promises even more sporting characteristics, even greater offroad capabilities, and an even stronger desire for adventure. And all of this without any sacrifice to the established virtues of a BMW single cylinder endure such as everyday practicality, appealing price-performance ratio, and playful riding properties.

On the technical side, the new G 650 GS Sertao uses the established liquid cooled, high-torque single cylinder engine of the G 650 GS with two overhead camshafts, fuel injection, and double ignition. Its 652 cc displacement delivers 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm and a max torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm. Options include output reduction to 25 kW (34 hp) at 6500 rpm and 47 Nm torque at 4500 rpm.

Whereas the G 650 GS chassis was developed primarily for country roads and light offroad use, the Sertao presents far greater offroad practicality in the form of longer spring travels and tighter tuning. In addition, it is fitted with wire spoke wheels.
Also the new colour concept underscores the dynamic character of the single cylinder enduro.

  • High-torque and low-consumption single cylinder engine with 652 cc displacement. Max torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm and max output of 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm. Output reduction to 25 kW (34 hp) available.
  • Offroad chassis concept with long spring travels (front/rear 210 mm).
  • Wire spoke wheels with light alloy rims. Wheel sizes 21“ front and 17“ rear.
  • Dynamic colour concept in Aura White / Arroyo Blue with Sertão lettering and seat in black/grey.
  • Luggage carrier in black.
  • Extended top front wheel cover.
  • Two seat heights: 860 mm (standard) and 900 mm (special accessory).
  • High windscreen.
  • Hand protectors.
  • Engine guard of aluminium.
  • Disengageable BMW Motorrad ABS (option ex works).
  • Extensive range of special accessories.

Technology and design

BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao

The BMW G 650 GS did not need long to win the hearts of many fans who were thrilled by the chassis designed for the greatest possible agility and carefree cornering fun on country roads, but without sacrifice to comfort or touring properties. Moreover, its high level of riding stability, steering precision, and handling immediately instils confidence even in motorcycle starters.

With the new BMW G 650 GS Sertão from BMW Motorrad, the G 650 GS has now been joined by a sister model that gives even greater prominence to the offroad talents of the agile single cylinder enduro.

To this end, the front and rear suspension elements were fitted with longer spring travels. Fitted with a standpipe of 41 mm diameter and a stabiliser, the telescopic fork can now travel over 210 mm instead of 170 mm. Also the rear suspension system, consisting of a two arm swinging fork, central spring strut, and rocker, features a 210 mm instead of the 165 mm spring travel. In addition, the wheelbase has been extended from 1477 mm to 1484 mm, now providing even greater directional stability on offroad terrain.

The G 650 GS Sertão can also be fitted with other wheels that cater to a more sporting offroad taste. Unlike the G 650 GS fitted with cast alloy wheels, the Sertão sports high quality wire spoke wheels with alloy rim rings and hubs. With their larger front wheel diameter of 21 instead of 19 inches and smaller rear wheel rim width (3.00 x 17“ instead of 3.50 x 17“), the new wheel sizes promise the rider hours of offroad fun. Also the tyres were modified accordingly on the G 650 GS Sertão (90/90 R21 54S front and 130/80 R17 65S rear).

Higher seat, larger ground clearance, and greater touring practicality.

BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao

Presenting a seat height of 860 mm instead of 800 mm, a considerably larger ground clearance, and a sturdy engine guard of aluminium, the G 650 GS Sertão presents the optimal conditions for offroad riding. In addition, the high windscreen, hand protectors, and the extended front wheel cover provide a greater level of comfort on longer tours.

Powerful single cylinder in sporting, dynamic design.

BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao

The 652 cc, 35 kW (48 hp) single cylinder with liquid cooling, fuel injection, double ignition, and closed loop catalytic converter delivers a powerful acceleration that cannot fail to thrill. Its strengths are spontaneous throttle response, refined riding properties thanks to the balancer shaft, and very low fuel consumption. Also the design of the new BMW G 650 GS Sertão does full justice to its dynamic performance figures and greater offroad practicality. Its colouring, vivid lettering, and sturdy look not only underscore the refined offroad talents of the G 650 GS Sertão, but also emphasise its affiliation to the dynamic GS family of BMW Motorrad.

Characteristic enduro colour scheme in the legendary GS style.

BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao

The high contrast colour scheme in Aura white / Arroyo blue combined with the seat in black/grey and the vivid Sertão lettering lend the G 650 GS Sertão its particular sturdy enduro character.

That special sporting touch is contributed by black surfaces on the engine, exhaust embellishers, fork slider tubes, side plate holder, luggage carrier, extended front wheel covers, and hand protectors. And the quality of the engineering is highlighted by the wire spoke wheels in the colour of aluminium, the engine guard, and the engine cover painted in Nürburg silver for the alternator and clutch.


BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao

Special equipment

  • BMW Motorrad ABS (disengageable) including hazard warning flashers.
  • Heated grips
  • Alarm system DWA
  • Charging socket
  • Also as a special accessory retrofit

Special accessories

  • Vario case.
  • Case holder.
  • Liner for Vario case.
  • Topcase.
  • Liner for topcase.
  • Tank rucksack.

Ergonomics and comfort

  • Heated grips.
  • Charging socket.
  • High seat (height 900 mm).
  • Single seat with luggage compartment (height 860 mm like standard).
  • Windshield, high, tinted.


  • Alarm system DWA Technology.
  • Crash bars.
  • LED light for onboard charging socket.
  • Output reduction to 25 kW.
  • Also available as special equipment ex works.


BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao


Engine TypeWater-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke engine, four valves, two overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication
Bore x stroke100 mm x 83 mm
Capacity652 cc
Rated output50 hp (37 kW) at 6,500 rpm
Max. torque44 lb/ft (60 Nm) at 5,000 rpm
Compression ratio11.5 : 1
Mixture control / engine managementElectronic intake pipe injection / BMW engine management, twin-spark ignition
Emission controlClosed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3

Performance / fuel consumption

Maximum speedapprox. 105 mph
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h74 mpg, at a constant 55 mph
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h80 mpg, at a constant 55 mph
Fuel typeRegular unleaded

Electrical system

Alternatorthree-phase alternator 400 W
Battery12 V / 12 Ah

Power transmission

ClutchMultiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated
GearboxConstant mesh 5-speed gearbox integrated into crankcase

Chassis / brakes

FrameBridge-type steel section frame with bolted-on rear section
Front wheel location / suspensionTelescopic fork, Ø 41 mm, fork stabilizer
Rear wheel location / suspensionBox-section steel dual swing arm, central spring strut operated by lever system, spring preload hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable
Suspension travel front / rear8.3"/8.3"
Wheelbase58.6 inches
Castor4.8 inches
Steering head angle61,9°
WheelsWire spoke wheels
Rim, front1,60 x 21"
Rim, rear3,00 x 17"
Tyres, front90/90 R21 54S
Tyres, rear130/80 R17 65S
Brake, frontFloating single disc, diameter 300 mm, double-piston floating caliper
Brake, rearSingle disc, diameter 240 mm, single-piston floating caliper
ABS 1)BMW Motorrad ABS (can be switched off)
DriveEndless O-ring chain with shock damping in rear wheel hub

Dimensions / weights

Length86.0 inches
Width (incl. mirrors)36.2 inches
Height (excl. mirrors)56.7 inches
Seat height, unladen weight33.9" (high seat: 35.4" special accessory)
Inner leg curveunladen weight
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 2)426 lbs
Dry weight 3)390 lbs
Permitted total weight838 lbs
Payload (with standard equipment)412 lbs
Usable tank volume3.7 gallons
Reserveappx. 1 gallon


BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao

Ultimatemotorcycle --- "Taking its name from the feral badlands of northeastern Brazil, the new 2012 G 650 GS Sertão has more off-road potential than its preceding brothers-so much so that BMW calls the Sertão "the new Dakar."

Totalmotorcycle ---- "With its new BMW G 650 GS Sertão, BMW Motorrad has added a new, sporting chapter to the history of single cylinders in the BMW GS family."

Motorcycle-usa ---- "BMW has brought back its single-cylinder 650 dual sport motorcycle, formerly known as the F650GS Dakar, for the 2012 model year. "

Motorcycle ---- "BMW has a well-deserved reputation as a maker of rugged, all-terrain-conquering motorcycles that also serve as capable, good-mannered street machines. These days the bike that fills that image in most motorcyclists’ minds is the R1200GS. "

Cycleworld ---- "Following the Dakar template, BMW gave the Sertao longer-travel suspension and a 21-inch front wheel for improved off-road abilities. "

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