BMW’s All-New Entry Level Model Makes its Debut with a Twin-Cylinder Engine
August 19, 2008 – BMW today announced the 2009 F 650 GS, a revised version of the venerable but relatively slow-selling F 650 GS. This is an important release in BMW’s recent fast-track strategy, and for their goal of attracting more new and younger riders to the BMW fold.
BMW has been selling tons of Adventure Touring motorcycles; indeed, the R 1200 GS has been a worldwide hit, and is credited with both starting and continuing the Adventure Touring craze.
Dual purpose motorcycles in general have been one of the bright points in an otherwise somnambulant motorcycle market over the past year or so, and if BMW gets this right — and if the F 800 GS also meets expectations, BMW may be able to pull into double-digit percentages of market share.
We hope to have more details and specifications soon, and we’re working on editing many more photos of the 2009 F 650 GS, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, here’s the enthusiastic 2009 F650 GS press release, edited by webBikeWorld staff:
Tame the urban jungle or take the road less traveled! After much anticipation, BMW’s sophisticated new addition to its entry level model lineup — the 2009 BMW F 650 GS — has arrived at U.S. BMW Motorcycle dealers.
With its 71 hp, torquey twin-cylinder engine, the all-new 2009 F 650 GS offers more power and sophistication than its single-cylinder predecessor.
Ideal for on- or off-road riding, urban commuting and any rider looking for a fun, efficient and reliable motorcycle, the middleweight twin tackles anything the ambitious motorcyclist could throw at it. Its rigid steel tube trellis frame, double-sided swing arm and chain drive offer reliability.
A low seat height and narrow design make navigation through the worst traffic a breeze. Cast aluminum wheels and telescopic forks keep the ride smooth and precise at all times.
The 2009 F 650 GS has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $8,255 (excluding freight). The Standard Package, offered at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $9,760, (excluding freight) includes heated hand grips, Anti-Lock Brakes, an on-board computer, and white turn signals.
The 2009 F 650 GS is available in three colors — Flame Red, Iceberg Silver Metallic, and Azure Blue Metallic.
The F 650 GS is the newest addition to BMW’s dual-sport line up. It follows in the footsteps of the highly acclaimed R 1200 GS – which traces its roots back to the early 1980s when BMW won the grueling Paris-Dakar rally four times with its trailblazing dual-purpose R 80 GS.
Since their debut in 2004, the versatile R 1200 GS and its rugged companion, the R 1200 GS Adventure, have earned praise from motorcycle enthusiasts and the press for their exceptional performance both on and off the road.
The R 1200 GS has earned award after award, including Cycle World’s Best Open Class Street Bike and the International Journalist’s Panel “Best Bike in the World.” The R 1200 GS Adventure was named “Best Adventure Bike” three years in a row by editors of Motorcyclist Magazine.
2009 BMW F 650 GS Photos – wBW Lightbox – Click photo to view.
Flame Red, Iceberg Silver Metallic or Azure Blue Metallic
2-cylinder 4-stroke, 4-valves per cylinder
71 HP @ 7,000 rpm (54kW)
798 cc (why it’s called a 650 is unknown)
82 x 75 mm
55 ft. lbs. @ 4,500 rpm (75Nm)
377 lbs. less options. Maximum Weight 952 lbs. GVWR
Tubular steel trellis
Chain; Final Drive Ratio 2.411
Front: 43 mm telescopic fork with 7.1 in. spring travel
Rear: Double-sided aluminum swingarm with 6.7 in. spring travel
Front and rear disc (ABS optional)
Front: One double-piston floating caliper with 11.8 in. single rotor
Rear: One single-piston floating caliper with 10.4 in. 2-piston floating caliper rear rotor. Brakes are Hydraulic with DOT 4 fluid
Front 110/80 x 19 tubeless; 2.50 x 19 cast aluminum
Rear 140/80 x 17 tubeless; 3.50 x 17 cast aluminum