Here’s the Beemer
A BMW motorcycle dealer near Paris has posted video of the upcoming BMW C650 GT. You can see it after the jump.
As you can see in the video, the C650 GT is very much the long-distance tourer, with amenities like a power-adjustable windscreen, heated handgrips and height-adjustable seat. And considerable (but not big enough for two full-face helmets) underseat storage.
Most of the vid is devoted to showing the Beemer negotiating mountain twisties at a relaxed pace. (Wanna carve canyons? Get the C600 Sport.) Thing is, the Scooters section of BMW Motorcycles’ U.S. Web site smacks you in the face with the phrase “URBAN MOBILITY”; a bike like the C650 GT seems (to me, anyway) kinda bulky for easy urban riding. Or parking.
As I write this, there’s nothing firm regarding specification or MSRP, though the $12-$15K figure tossed around most often indicates the new scooters are not seen by BMW as a gateway drug to their motorcycles, but rather as a keep-them-in-the-fold item for current Beemer riders, as well as a fetish object for well-heeled urbanites.
The video was posted by S2M BMW in Saint Maur, France. The BMW scoots are expected to arrive in the U.S. by late summer or early fall.