The sporty BMW single cylinder enduro for offroad and everyday.
You would have to be a real BMW affectionado to know that they gave the entry level 800 twin the F650 name for some insane reason. You can imagine the confusion that ensued. So now they have reintroduced the single and renamed it a “G” model called the Sertao. Unfortunately my computer does not have that squiggly line (called a tilde) to put over the a. So we will forever spell the name wrong. Hey it is BMW, much like Harley Davidson, if you have to ask, you probably wouldn’t understand. Therefore I am not going to ask- Chilly
The new G650gs
With its new BMW G650GS Sertão, BMW Motorrad has added a new, sporting chapter to the history of single cylinders in the BMW GS family. Whereas the G650GS thrilled riders with its lean, wiry offroad stature, the G650GS Sertão promises even more sporting characteristics, even greater offroad capabilities, and an even stronger desire for adventure. And all of this without any sacrifice to the established virtues of a BMW single cylinder endure such as everyday practicality, appealing price-performance ratio, and playful riding properties.
Chassis for greater offroad practicality, optimized touring properties, and dynamic design.
On the technical side, the new G650GS Sertão uses the established liquid cooled, high-torque single cylinder engine of the G650GS with two overhead camshafts, fuel injection, and double ignition. Its 652 cc displacement delivers (48 hp) at 6500 rpm and a max torque of 60 Nm [44 ft-lb] at 5000 rpm. Options include output reduction to 25 kW (34 hp) at 6500 rpm and 47 Nm [35 ft-lb] torque at 4500 rpm.
Whereas the G650GS chassis was developed primarily for country roads and light offroad use, the Sertão presents far greater offroad practicality in the form of longer spring travels and tighter tuning. In addition, it is fitted with wire spoke wheels.
Also the new color concept underscores the dynamic character of the single cylinder enduro.
The essential features of the new BMW G650GS Sertão at a glance:
High-torque and low-consumption single cylinder engine with 652 cc displacement. Max torque of 60 Nm [44 ft-lb] at 5000 rpm and max output of 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm. Output reduction to 25 kW (34 hp) available.
Offroad chassis concept with long spring travels (front/rear 210 mm).
Wire spoke wheels with light alloy rims. Wheel sizes 21″ front and 17″ rear.
Dynamic colour concept in Aura White / Arroyo Blue with Sertão lettering and seat in black/grey.
Luggage carrier in black.
Extended top front wheel cover.
Two seat heights: 860 mm [33.9″] (standard) and 900 mm [35.4″] (special accessory).
Engine guard of aluminium.
Disengageable BMW Motorrad ABS (option ex works).
Extensive range of special accessories.
I have not had the chance to ride the new Beemer. I did own one of the original F650’s back in 1998. It was a decent bike, I spent many hours commuting around LA and it and it was perfect for the job. Here is a link to someone who did get to test the new model, Marc Cook from Cycle World magazine: