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Here’s the Beemer

June 26, 2012


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. Favicon

One Comment
  1. June 26, 2012 4:25 pm


    As the owner of a sport-touring bike (700 lb connie… my father-in-law has a K1600) a 650 is pretty much like sitting on a rubber-footed jackrabbit. I ride a BMW 650GS – and on the days when I switch directly from my connie to that machine I think the 650 is a jet-powered bicycle. To me, that would be about as perfect a commuter machine as is available. However – as a standard scooter it’s bigger and bulkier so I take that point. I suppose as an urban brawler it’s not the best option, but if you need to run on the interstate – even for a single exit, this would be perfect. Also, as a motorcycle rider, think that this machine has a pretty healthy amount of underseat storage, especially stock. You could fit your daily use stuff down there while you’re wearing your hat or get a few groceries. Also, I don’t get into the fat-bottomed scooters all too much, but this looks pretty good, way better than the C1. It’s got the modern styling and looks better than a Burgman. BMW, in my opinion, is on top and for a good reason. They’re making damned fine machines. The video, on the other hand, shows the machine but leaves a bit to be desired. How many times does the guy need to pan to the bike from off screen or slowly focus on a small piece of the bike? Yeesh.

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