Earlier this month, we said BMW Motarrad intends to launch the baby GS, the F650 GS in India with a prices starting at around the Rs 8 lakh mark, but now the manufacturer has silently launched the much awaited BMW F650 GS on-off road touring motorcycle in Indian bike market that too at a price tag of 9.99 lakh(ex-showroom Delhi). The bike was launched recently on 10th April, 2012.
The bike will be bought as a CBU (completely built unit) which means the import taxes will be high (75%) on it as compared to a CKD unit, we personally feel the bike is completely overpriced. It has been a while now that BMW Motarrad has been selling few of its mean machines, motorcycles, in Indian automotive industry through its dealerships, Navnit Motors and Deutsche Motoren.
The 2012 BMW F650 GS on-off road sportsbike has a heart of 800 cc parallel twin four stroke engine that develops 71 BHP of top power and 76 Nm of peak output torque. The powerful engine of the mean machine is coupled with a six speed manual transmission, which transmits the torque to rear wheel via a chain drive.
The engine of the bike is liquid cooled and fuel injected type. The BMW F650 GS runs on 19 inch and 17 inch front and rear wheels respectively, featuring disc type braking system. ABS is the most interesting safety measure on this on-off road speed-star which is aimed primarily hard core bike enthusiasts. The tried and tested telescopic suspensions at the front and adjustable monoshock suspensions at the rear end offers better driveability experience to rider even on rugged terrains.
Also see – BMW Motorrad plans to launch F650GS in India