BMW G 650 Xmoto – enjoying
fast bends on the road Small 17-inch wheels, the
aluminium handlebar fastened in position by extra-short mounting clamps, the
front wheel cover complete with its colour-highlighted tube protectors
fitted close to the tyre, as well as the headlight fairing finished in
twin-tone Graphitane metallic matt and Red clearly change the proportions of
this special model, giving the G 650 Xmoto an even more muscular and
athletic look, even though many of the fairing components as well as the
asymmetrically designed headlight are the same as on the Hard Enduro.
The Street Moto nevertheless stands out significantly from
its “sister models” in terms of its suspension set-up, with the smaller
cast-aluminium 17-inch wheels running on sports tyres with very good grip
ensuring optimised handling in every respect. Measuring 120/70 at the front
and 160/60 at the rear, the tyres reflect the muscular look and character of
the machine, allowing use of the latest sports tyres on the rims measuring
3.5 and, respectively, 4.5 inches in width.
Apart from lower gyro-forces on the front wheel, the shorter
camber also enhances the motorcycle’s handling and agility on the road.
The forward-leaning seating position also helps to make long
and winding bends as well as serpentines a truly outstanding pleasure on two
wheels, optimum directional stability on straight passages in between again
leaving nothing to be desired.
One of the improvements made to optimise the motorcycle’s
suspension geometry is the opening for the front axle moved further back,
again in the interest of almost playful but nevertheless safe handling for
significant benefits also in city traffic.
Both the springs and dampers are specifically tailored to
the Street Moto with its particular requirements and riding qualities. While
the upside-down telescopic fork offers 270 millimetres or 10.6´´ spring
travel like on the Hard Enduro, the fork is even firmer and tauter all round
in its inbound and rebound motion. Particularly the sporting rider will be
happy to enjoy the sensitive, incremental adjustment of the damper in both
directions, ensuring an individual, personalised set-up at all times.
Rear-wheel suspension, in turn, is firmer and shorter, with
spring travel at the rear of 245 millimetres or 9.65".
The Street Moto boasts the most powerful brake system of all
models in the G 650 X line-up: At the front a four-piston fixed calliper
interacts with a 320-millimetre (12.60´´) brake disc in floating
arrangement, interacting with high-grip radial tyres for exceptional
deceleration benefiting in particular from the very high torsional stability
of the USD telescopic fork with its main tubes measuring 45 millimetres or
1.77´´ in diameter.
With its 240-millimetre (9.45´´) brake disc and floating-calliper
configuration, the rear-wheel brake is the same as on the other two models.
Final drive on the G 650 X Moto conceived for road use comes
with a ratio of 16 : 47 teeth, that is somewhat “longer” than on the Enduro