BMW Announces the New Xmoto
Photos and text courtesy
of BMW AG
BMW G 650 Xmoto is a complete departure from
the old and staid BMW. It's designed
to enjoy fast curves on country roads.
Even at a standstill, the Street Moto
clearly proves that this very special
machine focuses on one highlight in
particular: sheer riding pleasure on country
The bike has Supermoto-style 17-inch
wheels and the aluminium handlebar is
fastened in position by extra-short mounting
clamps. The front wheel cover is
complete with color-highlighted tube
protectors fitted close to the tire, and the
headlight fairing is finished in twin-tone
Graphitane metallic matt and Red paint.
This clearly changes the proportions of
this special model, giving the G 650 Xmoto
an even more muscular and athletic look,
even though many of the fairing components
as well as the asymmetrically designed
headlight are the same as on the other
Complete and detailed list of the
G650 X-Series specifications and model
The Street Moto nevertheless
stands out significantly from its sister models in terms
of its suspension set-up, with the smaller
cast-aluminium 17-inch wheels running on sports tires
with very good grip ensuring optimized handling in every
respect. Measuring 120/70 at the front and 160/60
at the rear, the tyres reflect the muscular look and
character of the machine, allowing use of the latest
sports tyres on the rims measuring 3.5 and,
respectively, 4.5 inches in width.
Apart from lower gyro-forces
on the front wheel, the shorter camber also enhances the
motorcycle’s handling and agility on the road. The
forward-leaning seating position also helps to make long
and winding bends as well as serpentines a truly
outstanding pleasure on two wheels, optimum directional
stability on straight passages in between again leaving
nothing to be desired.
One of the improvements made
to optimize the motorcycle’s suspension geometry is the
opening for the front axle moved further back, again in
the interest of almost playful but nevertheless safe
handling for significant benefits also in city traffic.
Both the springs and dampers are specifically tailored
to the Street Moto with its particular requirements and
While the upside-down
telescopic fork offers 270 millimeters or 10.6" spring
travel like on the Hard Enduro, the fork is even firmer
and tauter all round in its inbound and rebound motion.
Particularly the sporting rider will be happy to enjoy
the sensitive, incremental adjustment of the damper in
both directions, ensuring an individual, personalized
set-up at all times.
Rear-wheel suspension, in turn, is firmer and shorter,
with spring travel at the rear of 245 millimeters or
The Street Moto boasts the most powerful brake system of
all models in the G 650 X line-up: At the front a
four-piston fixed caliper interacts with a
320-millimetre (12.60") brake disc in floating
arrangement, interacting with high-grip radial tyres for
exceptional deceleration benefiting in particular from
the very high torsional stability of the USD telescopic
fork with its main tubes measuring 45 millimeters or
1.77" in diameter. With its 240-millimetre (9.45")
brake disc and floating-caliper configuration, the
rear-wheel brake is the same as on the other two models.
Final drive on the G 650 X
Moto conceived for road use comes with a ratio of 16 :
47 teeth, that is somewhat longer than on the Enduro
It almost goes without saying that a scrambler, by
tradition alone, simply has
to come on wire-spoke wheels. So the wheels will
be an available option and they will ensure consistent lightweight technology
all the way, with
hollow-cast aluminum hubs and epoxy-plated rims also
made of light alloy.
Typical of a scrambler, the 19-inch front wheel, as well
as the 17-inch wheel at
the rear, both roll on hollow-drilled wheel shafts. And
last but not least,
tires with their own special tread and dimensions of
100/90 at the front and
130/80 at the rear, again live up to all the versatile
and individual requirements
made of a scrambler.
Superior stopping power is provided also on the G 650
Xmoto by brake
discs measuring 300 millimeters or 11.81" in diameter
at the front and
240 millimeters (9.45") in diameter at the rear. The brake
calipers are floating
units with double-piston actuators at the front.
Featuring a 16-tooth pinion and a 47-tooth sprocket,
finally, the final drive ratio
is exactly the same as on the Street Moto.
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