Meet the 2011 BMW G650GS, same as the old G650GS

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In 2008, BMW returned its old F650GS — first launched in 2000 — to market after a short absence, but called it the BMW G650GS and made its engine in China. This year, they’re bringing out a new model, the 2011 BMW G650GS, but it’s just the old bike with some updated looks and the same engine, only now made in Berlin. That old F650GS was one of our least favorite bikes, managing to combine too much weight with not enough power, the new one shouldn’t be any different.

The 2011 model literally is the same as the 2000 model. Same frame, same engine, same suspension, same brakes, same everything except for the shockingly weird new headlight and all the other bodywork. We fail to get excited about such things, but just in case you do, we’ll embed the press release below.

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  • Johndo

    They should have copied the Tiger 800. :P

  • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

    In context, this is a dramatic change for the big thumper after nearly 20 years of minor tweaks. The looks are very much in-line with the rest of the GS line. A very nice move that has me lusting a bit.

    As far as the $9k price, a savvy buyer won’t pay that. I bought my 2009 G650GS for $7500. At that price this machine is a steal! In the sub-$10k range there was nothing as versatile with as many amenities (specifically ABS).

    • ike6116

      Care to share that trick with the rest of the class?

      • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

        I have a great dealer. I asked them what they would want for it after I took a test ride. They said $7500.

        Guess I wasn’t that savvy.

        • pplassm

          I can get a new KLR650 for $3999.

          :D

  • Pete

    The engine in these things is an 800cc thumper right? Why still hold the 650 moniker?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Nope, You’re thinking of the new F, this G uses the nearly 20-year-old 650 single.

    • Grive

      That’s the F650, and it’s a parallel twin.

      They kept it at 650 ’cause it’s a detuned version of the 800, supposed to replace the 650. Much like the BMW 335i is no longer a 3.5L engine, but a 3.0 Twin turbo.

      Basically, apparently to BMW numbers are no longer descriptors, but brand names.

    • Pete

      Ahhh! Thanks. I am confused by the seemingly identical styles of bikes throughout the BMW lineup.

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    Like the KLR, but don’t want to get your boots dirty, and think it should cost 75% more? The G650 may be for you!

    • ike6116

      I don’t see the two competing to be honest. The KLR is clearly a dirt bike. This is definitely a commuter. The KLR doesn’t have Fuel Injection or ABS.

      • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

        Woah, the KLR is still carbureted? I figured they added FI when they freshened it up recently. Still though, throw some road-rubber on it, and you’ve got a comparable bike for thousands less.

  • markbvt

    One other major departure: cast wheels instead of spoked. Lame.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      the F650 cum G650 has always had cast wheels, no?

      • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

        Has not. Always been spoke as far as I know.

  • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

    Wes, where did you get the info that the motor is made in Berlin? The ’09 G650GS was built in Berlin with motors built in China.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      The press release embedded in the article.

      • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

        I didn’t see any specific mention of the engine assembly moving to Berlin. As i said earlier, the ’09 was built in Berlin. Some of the ’09 release material stated that BMW was saving $1000 per unit by using the factory in China.

        If engine production is back in Berlin and the cost of the motor goes up $1000 that would drive the price up to nearly the same level as the F650 twin making this newly street biased single redundant.

  • John

    I just don’t understand who would buy this bike over the new F650GS. It’s just not inexpensive enough to solve its liabilities. And the X-Country seemed like a much better bike and it still didn’t sell that well.

  • John

    A 500cc GS twin dual purpose bike would be interesting, however.