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Top 200 Current Motorcycles: Best Or Worst? - BMW F & G 650

Updated on May 31, 2009

 BMW F 650 GS

The BMW F 650 GS is just plain atrocious. I know that the model has faithful adherents all over the world waxing prosaic about how this motorcycle is the ultimate dual purpose bike that can handle an Interstate highway and a gravel fire road with equal aplomb, but I'm talking styling here, and that raptor beak of a front fender, blacked out side girders, asymmetrical, revolting headlight and bronze... bronze... bronze muffler, all add up to a mandated trip to the crusher at the junk yard.

This model is driven by a very strong 652 cc, water cooled, single cylinder engine engineered with a bore and stroke of 100 mm x 83 mm and a compression ratio of 11.5:1 which gives the motorcycle a much more than adequate 53 horsepower (39.0 kW). When we consider that the total dry weight of the motorcycle is 326 pounds (148 Kg.), and factor it into the considerable amount of horsepower generated by the motor, the result is 6.14 pounds per horsepower, a figure that is approximately the power to weight ratio of an Audi R8 GT3.

Verdict: Although this is far from BMW's ugliest dual purpose model (they can do far worse than this as the R 1200 GS shows) I just can't understand how anyone could ride this circus freak with a straight face. WORST!

 BMW G 650 Xchallenge

In the BMW G 650 Xchallenge it seems that Beemer wanted to do a Suzuki DR-BIG from the early Nineties and fell just a bit short of the mark. Actually, by BMW dual purpose styling standards, this motorcycle is outright beautiful. See, stylists in the Black Forest? You can design a motorcycle that doesn't scare small children. Keep the lines simple, classical, let form follow function, and try to restrain your hallucinogenic tendencies and everything will be just fine!

The motorcycle has a divine 652 cc, water cooled, single cylinder motor featuring a bore and stroke of 100 mm x 83 mm and a compression ratio of 11.5:1 which confers upon the model an impressive 53 horsepower (39.0 kW). When we compute the overall dry weight of the cycle being 317 pounds (144 Kg.), and factor the weight in to the thumpery horsepower generated we get a result of 5.98 pounds per horsepower, a total that approximates the power to weight ratio of a Maserati GranTurismo.

Verdict: Why can't BMW make more of its bikes look simple, straight forward, and attractive as the G 650 Xchallenge? the only real complaint I have about it is that I don't believe Xchallenge is a pronounceable word! BEST!

BMW G 650 Xcountry

I can't just say that the BMW G 650 Xcountry is my favorite current Beemer. This may be the one single most attractive BMW motorcycle since the R75/5 with the chrome toaster side panels on the tank. There is absolutely nothing about the Xcountry (yeah, yeah, other than the unpronounceable moniker) that I can disagree with. It's classic, purposeful, attractive, substantial... it's got all the great styling that I knew that the boys in Bavaria still had in them. Come on guys, admit it. The R 1200 C was a joke, right? You stylists can pen stunningly classic and gorgeous designs and you've just proved it with the G 650 Xcountry! Bravo!

This model is driven by a fabulous 652 cc, water cooled, single cylinder engine engineered with a bore and stroke of 100 mm x 83 mm and a compression ratio of 11.5:1 which gives the motorcycle a torquey 53 horsepower (39.0 kW). When we consider the total weight of the motorcycle being 326 pounds (148 Kg.), and factor it into the significant horsepower on tap the result is 6.14 pounds per horsepower, a figure that is approximately the power to weight ratio of a Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series.

Verdict: Most likely the most beautiful BMW in a quarter century. I want one. Now. BEST!

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