ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

2011 BMW G650GS

Updated on March 20, 2011

The original ancestor of the 2011 BMW G650GS was introduced in 1993 under the unfortunate moniker of Funduro, which certainly must have made sense to someone in Bavaria, although to no one else anywhere else. The fruit of a joint development project with Aprilia who marketed its version as the Pegaso, these 650 thumpers were the very first single cylinder engines produced since the R27 in the Sixties, and represented the very first chain driven motorcycles ever to issue from the Black Forest. The G650GS has benefited from almost two decades of refinement and the Bavarian engineers definitely dialed it in right. It's a phenomenal all purpose bike.

The 652cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder has a bore and stroke 100.0 mm x 83.0 mm and a compression ratio of 11.5:1. Thanks to a fully updated fuel injection system the rated output by the factory is 50 hp @ 7,000 rpm with maximum torque sitting at 44 foot pounds @ 5,250 rpm, but you can bet that if plunked on your nearest dyno these figures might be a bit higher still as BMW has always been conservative with its power claims.

The considerably revised G650GS has an extremely rigid steel bridge tubular frame featuring a bolt-on lower frame section and rear subframe. This year, the ABS system is all new and features the BMW Motorrad Bosch 8 M ABS control unit which weighs barely three pounds. Should you prefer to switch the ABS on and off, you can easily do so at any time. The Showa telescopic fork with 6.7 inches of wheel travel suspends the 100/90x19 in the front and the 130/80x17 rear runs in a two-arm box-type swingarm including a central spring strut with adjustable preload and with travel 6.5 of wheel travel.

Emission control is state of the art with a closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter which meets the extremely stringent emission standards of Euro 3. The G650GS offers as an extra cost accessory a lowering kit that drops the bike down by 30 mm which is a significant amount, and a center stand which is a desirable option especially if you go through a few rear tires.

The overall wet weight of the G650GS is a relatively restrained 423 lbs. which is definitely respectable for such a fully featured motorcycle but is still on the high side when evaluating its agility in off road situations. The weight is certainly a factor in the dirt, varying between just barely noticeable on a fast fire road all the way to excessive and troublesome in deep sand or mud.

The 2011 BMW G650GS is more than just a bit on the pricy side at nearly eight grand, but you get outstanding capabilities and the renowned bulletproof German engineering. The G650S even has heated grips! It's definitely worth the extra bucks over its competition.

2011 BMW G650GS At A Glance

Base MSRP: $8,750
Engine Displacement: 652 cc
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled single cylinder-engine, four valves
Bore & Stroke: 100 mm x 83 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Transmission Type: Five speed gearbox with dog-type shift
Final Drive Type: O-ring chain 5/8 x 1/4
Front Tire: 110/90 - 19" 57 S
Rear Tire: 130/80 - 17" 65 S
Wheelbase: 1479 mm
Saddle Height: 780 mm
Curb Dry Weight: Wet 380 kg
Fuel Capacity (US): 17.3 L
* Specs/pix apply to 2010 model, updates as released


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)