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Old 10-09-2006, 06:22 PM   #13
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Eek New BMW G650X Thumper !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just spotted this in Thumpertalk:




Here's all I've got:

A very welcome and largely unexpected addition to the ranks of exciting new BMWs. Designed to provide an attractive way into the whole Beemer thing for younger riders, the trio of new bikes consists of the G650Xmoto Street Moto, the Xcountry Scrambler and Xchallenge Hard Enduro. All are based around an upgraded, 53bhp version of the 652cc Rotax single-cylinder engine seen in the F650 GS (which remains in the range), in a new steel-tube frame with bolt-on alumunium subframe, lightweight cast swingarm and a fuel tank under the seat.

Claimed weights are low (144-148kg or 317-326lb) and all have chain drive, 45mm upside-down forks and normal brakes: no odd front suspension or belt drive here. Each has its own specific brakes, wheels and suspension set-up to suit the road, multi-purpose and off-road guises.

Why does it look familiar?

Ah... you think you recognise the Xmoto Street Moto? If you're thinking Aprilia Pegaso Strada, then well spotted - the new bikes were developed in cahoots with Aprilia, and will be knocked out by their factory in Italy. As well as a clear styling and colour links to the XT660-powered Strada, the Xmoto shares the same 17in cast wheels and Brembo four-pot front brake. The road bike has firmer damping and less suspension travel than the others, sharper geometry thanks to the smaller front rim, and a KTM Duke-style headlight cowl.

The naked Xcountry is designed to have the dual purpose look and ability of fifties and sixties scramblers, and differs by having 19in front and 17in rear wire wheels with semi-knobbly tyres, softer suspension with a rear ride-height adjuster and a two-pot front brake.

And the start Xchallenge Hard Enduro is, as the name clearly suggests, a full-on trail bike with 21in and 18in wheels,long travel, softer forks with different spring rates, and hte fancy air rear shock used on the mighty HP2 enduro. It also wears flexible plastics to cope with spills, has lower overall gearing and a lightweight wave front disc.
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