Fancy something utilitarian but, er, utilitarian? What about the revamped BMW G650 Xcountry? What's the worst that could happen?
In the spirit of peace and goodwill to all mankind, we're here being kind to BMW. Yes, here we are regurgitating a barely-edited press release from the Bavarian motorrad meisters. Actually, JP rode the previous model and recalls, wistfully, that it was "competent, stable, sort of like a Suzuki DRZ 400SM but with more power obviously. Not bad." So, there you have it, a ringing edorsement of the outgoing model! And here's the propaganda from BMW:
An update of the BMW G 650 Xcountry will shortly be in BMW Motorrad dealerships. Equipped with a number of specification changes and accessories compared to its predecessor, the G 650 Xcountry has also been lowered and is available in a distinctive new sunset yellow and white aluminium metallic colour combination. The changes to this 'urban scrambler', along with the fact that it is now more suitable for carrying a passenger, have made the motorcycle more versatile and more appealing especially to urbanites.
The new lower seat height is available after modifications to the upside-down forks, the adjustable rear suspension unit and changes in the chassis and saddle contours resulting in a seat-height reduction from 840-870mm to 800-825 mm. This, coupled with the low weight of the model at just 161.5kg, produces a highly manageable bike, in keeping with BMW Motorrad's continued commitment to make their bikes more accessible to a wider audience.
Further improvements (you sure? – Ed) to the new model include the addition of integrated passenger footrests, instead of the previous bolt-on type. And adjustable hand lever controls are fitted as standard for both the brake and clutch levers for ease of use by all riders. The brake lever is five position adjustable and the clutch lever is adjustable to four positions. These options provide riders with greater control and confidence when riding.
A BMW topcase and topcase rack...". woah, stop right there. That's enough, but you get the picture, right?
The new G 650 Xcountry is available from January in BMW Motorrad dealerships, priced at £4,895 on-the-road, representing a 2% price drop from 2008, in addition to the VAT savings by the change to a 15% rate.
For further information or to find your nearest BMW Motorrad dealership please visit www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk or alternatively call 0800 777 155