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There was an X Country at the HU meet in Ripley but unfortunately I never got to meet it's owner, what a great looking little bike with clean lines & a compact un-cluttered look!

It obviously uses the old 650 single from the GS/Serato etc, are they down rated for the 650x range?

Anyone have more info on the G650x - like economy, tank range (tank size), reliability/issues (does the difficult hot starting issue affect these bikes?) & general enjoyment of riding one!

I'm not normally a fan of BM's but these look sweet :)

Phil

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Massive thread on the X Country on Advrider phil, never met anyone who had one, only a couple who have had X Challenge.... which was a great bike.. able to thrum along at 70/75 on a motorway and still be geared ok for most off road stuff they threw at them
 

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Cheers Phil


A quick search on't net reveals a pretty piss poor 9ltr tank range
but the potential for good economy. Circa 160kg wet weight & ABS option.

Does anyone have any experience of the X Country?
Kinda got an itch. Again.....

Phil
 

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Hi Phil..
my mate called orlando orange off ABR has one and I ride the trails with him..apart from him having to replace the piss poor rear air bag shock wheich everyone does they are a great well made bike for trail and touring offroad..you can get all sorts of mods and extras for them..

Walter Colebatch off the Hubb road one across Russia no probs full stop..very light and flickable compared to the Alp650 for sure..Tall though but then all trail bikes are and you`ve a long set of legs anyway..ha ha

very rare though often found by posting wanted stuff..the front shocks can be soft for some but depends what your riding..fast gravel/forest or rocky peaks stuff...sure its the twin spark rotax from the gsDakar era..

they do aditional extra fuel tank which sits nicely on opposite side of exhaust too..

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There was an X Country at the HU meet in Ripley but unfortunately I never got to meet it's owner, what a great looking little bike with clean lines & a compact un-cluttered look!

It obviously uses the old 650 single from the GS/Serato etc, are they down rated for the 650x range?

Anyone have more info on the G650x - like economy, tank range (tank size), reliability/issues (does the difficult hot starting issue affect these bikes?) & general enjoyment of riding one!

I'm not normally a fan of BM's but these look sweet :)

Phil

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I have a G650X Challenge

Just to dispel a few myths

All the BMW G650X Series are the same (barring the shocks,fork length and styling differences)

All have 652cc single Rotax engines (same as F650GS & Dakar BMW's)

All were built and made in 2007, for one year only

BHP is 53hp ( F650GS & Dakar is 50 HP, > 2011 onwards G650GS & Sertao is 48HP)

There are 2 versions of the the XCountry 2007 in Black and 2008 in Orange

The Black one is the best to buy, the Orange one is lowered and has lower spec finish and is heavier (steel subframe)

Xcountry has 8" travel on the forks and a Sachs 8" Rear shock

XChallenge is the dual sport version with 11" of travel at both ends, with the rear shock being a Conti Airshock, which works really well

Fuel Capacity on all, is underseat and is 9.5 litres, however mpg is > 70mpg and on my XChallenge I get about 160 miles and it's not run out

To increase this there are loads of options from cheap (couple of Sigg bottles) to expensive (aftermarket tanks)

Reliability is good, with correct maintenance they can do 100,000 miles

Only real issue is water pump, which needs a service kit every 30k and you can buy a repair kit (seals/impeller and bearings)

Dry weight is in the region of 140-146kg
 

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Great stuff, many thanks for the info peeps.
Fuel tank size is off putting - I'm sure heavy handed/spirited riding would see tank a range of around 100 miles.....

Any pics of your bike Johnny?

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Cheers, what kind of realistic tank range can be expected when ridden with vigour before the reserve light comes on?

Phil

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Sounds like you've got an itch Phil
 

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Hmmm, I'm normally very resilient to such temptation & oh, I do love my Transalps dearly but once in a while.....
Need to get a test ride on one first I guess!

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Must be something with the name Phil and itches that need scratching:D

There ain't enough Callomine lotion to calm your itches Phil !!
 

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So......
In a nutshell & after a bit of digging, it seems the later bikes are; lower, have a steel subframe (is that so bad?) with welded pillion pegs and it seems the front brake hose is routed differently (looped above the clocks). Are the later models made in the same factory (I saw a comment about later ones being Chinese & not the Rotax engine.....maybe BS though)
How are the bikes lowered dropped forks & different dog bones or is the rear shock different?
The reason I ask is there is a (later model) low mileage 09 plate nearby.......

Any light shed on the above would be much appreciated!

Regards, Phil

I have a G650X Challenge

Just to dispel a few myths

All the BMW G650X Series are the same (barring the shocks,fork length and styling differences)

All have 652cc single Rotax engines (same as F650GS & Dakar BMW's)

All were built and made in 2007, for one year only

BHP is 53hp ( F650GS & Dakar is 50 HP, > 2011 onwards G650GS & Sertao is 48HP)

There are 2 versions of the the XCountry 2007 in Black and 2008 in Orange

The Black one is the best to buy, the Orange one is lowered and has lower spec finish and is heavier (steel subframe)

Xcountry has 8" travel on the forks and a Sachs 8" Rear shock

XChallenge is the dual sport version with 11" of travel at both ends, with the rear shock being a Conti Airshock, which works really well

Fuel Capacity on all, is underseat and is 9.5 litres, however mpg is > 70mpg and on my XChallenge I get about 160 miles and it's not run out

To increase this there are loads of options from cheap (couple of Sigg bottles) to expensive (aftermarket tanks)

Reliability is good, with correct maintenance they can do 100,000 miles

Only real issue is water pump, which needs a service kit every 30k and you can buy a repair kit (seals/impeller and bearings)

Dry weight is in the region of 140-146kg
 

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Phil,

The G bike engines are not strictly Rotax, they are based on the old F Rotax engine but built by BMW and very similar to the F650.

I believe the G engine is lighter and produces a bit more power.

There's some debate on whether the engines are Chinese built or components made in China and assembled in Germany.

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There's some debate on whether the engines are Chinese built or components made in China and assembled in Germany.

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My understanding is the components are manufactured in Austria by Rotax, shipped to china for assembly then the complete engine shipped to Germany for fitting into the frame.


From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_F650_single

In late 2008, BMW relaunched the original single-cylinder F650GS under the new name G650GS in the United States, South America, Greece[SUP][1][/SUP] and Australia.[SUP][4][/SUP][SUP][6][/SUP] The new G650GS is essentially the 2007 single-cylinder F650GS brought back into production with some minor modifications and with the engine assembled by Loncin in China instead of Rotax in Austria, but still using parts manufactured by Rotax in Europe
 

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Austrian engine, assembled by Chinese in a German bike? My uncle would not like that :hitler::toothy10:
Yer....Like Mountbatten would care !....:rolleyes:....:hitler:
 
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