New G650GS for 2011

BMW is adding the G650GS to its range for 2011 – an entry level single-cylinder adventure bike filling the hole left by the old F650GS.

The new G650GS is powered by the BMW-built liquid-cooled 650 single rather than the old F-series Rotax engine.

Technically the G650GS’ chassis is very similar to the original F650GS – a simple steel double cradle frame and swingarm, with right-way up forks and a single brake disc with a two-piston caliper. The ABS system can be switched off for off-road use.

The G-series sourced engine puts out a claimed 48bhp, and is pushing 192kg (fully-fuelled). Not impressive numbers, but neither was the old F650GS – a bike still prized by true world-travelling adventure riders for it’s robust nature and ability to cross terrain the cumbersome R1200GS struggles.

The styling is changed for a variation on the BMW asymmetrical look, and the wheels are are now 19” front/17” rear cast rims instead of spoked rims – something that may count against it in the off-roading stakes.

Three seat heights are available: 780mm as standard, a 750mm low option and an 820mm high option for taller riders. Tank capacity is 14 litres.

Honda releases sketch of V-Four Adventure Bike

If Honda has angered some of its loyal customers with a relative lack of new product in recent years, that might be about to change with this interesting, upright adventure/sport model that will be unveiled in production form at the Milan show. Expected to displace approximately 800 cc, the new bike should have the ergonomics of an adventure machine, i.e., completely upright with wide bars and a comfortable footpeg position, together with 17 inch wheels and street rubber. Here is a brief quote from Honda regarding the new machine.

“This mid-range machine is an exciting new approach – a crossover machine that represents the best aspects of two separate biking genres.  It will have the flexibility and exciting attitude of a Naked performance machine, with the more comfortable upright riding position and design cues inspired by adventure bikes.

“With the low center of gravity of a performance bike it is great fun to ride, and because of its wide handlebars and upright riding position it is both easy to maneuver and comfortable.”