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Take the BMW Xchallenge!

BMW G 650 Xchallenge

BMW's much anticipated entry in the trail bike world is finally here, with the G 650 Xchallenge recently going on sale at BMW dealership around the country.

Powered by the same 652cc single-cylinder engine found with the F650 GS and F650 GS Dakar, the Xchallenge (pronounced 'Cross Challenge'), has a claimed dry weight of just 144kg, making it the most serious off-roader bearing the BMW badge yet.

In Xchallenge form the engine has been retuned to produce three more horsepower then the F-series models, while the same peak torque of 60Nm is produced 250rpm higher at 5250rpm. A bridge type tubular steel frame has been employed, with final drive handled by an O-ring chain, the power fed via a five-speed gearbox.

Up the front the bumps are handled by 45mm forks adjustable for preload and rebound, while the rear utilizes BMW Motorrad's Air Damping System. Suspension travel both front and back is 270mm.

In the performance department, BMW claims the bike is good for 165km/h, while the 9.5lt tank should provide a healthy trail bike range of around 200km. The BMW G 650 Xchallenge is priced at $14,350 plus ORC, and is available at BMW dealerships now. For more information visit:

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