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BMW Gets Down and Dirty

BMW G650 X range
BMW G650 X range
BMW G650 X range

After experiencing massive global success with its range of R1200 GS and F650 GS dual-purpose models, BMW has headed off the tarmac once more with three new models under the banner of the G650 X range.

The Xcountry, the Xchallenge and the Xmoto all utilize the Rotax single-cylinder engine found in the F650 range, along with the same bridge-type tubular steel frame, and collectively they underline the fact that BMW – a company that for so many years was renowned primarily for road-going tourers – is not afraid to explore new directions.

The Xchallenge is the most off-road oriented of the trio, with knobby tyres, a rear air damping system similar to that found in BMW's exclusive HP2 off-roader, a wave-type front brake disc and an alloy bash plate, while the Xcountry is more a softer-edged scrambler and the Xmoto is a supermotard.

In G650 X range spec, the Rotax engine is good for 53bhp at 7000rpm and 44ftlbs of torque at 5250rpm. Wet weights for the three should be around the 160kg mark.

BMW Australia has confirmed that only the Xchallenge will be making it to our Aussie shores, with a release scheduled for around April/May; pricing is still to be confirmed.

For more information see your local BMW dealer, tel: (03) 9264 4000 or visit: www.motorcycles.bmw.com.au

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