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2011-10-13 12:09

BUILT FOR ADVENTURE: The new G650 GS Sertão sports new features and improved suspension over the F650 GS Dakar.

The BMW F650 GS Dakar has been around since 2000 and now the Bavarian manufacturer is set to launch a worthy successor - the G650 GS Sertão.

The Sertão has a much more adventure-orientated styling than its standard sibling and is treated to raised suspension and several standard accessories, such as an engine protector, to make it more suitable for off-road riding.

Power output and maximum torque from the Sertão’s single-cylinder 652cm3 engine is identical to that of the standard model – 35kW at 6500rpm and 60Nm at 5000rpm.

BMW Motorrad says: “Whereas the G 650 GS thrilled riders with its lean, wiry, off-road stature, the G 650 GS Sertão promises even more sporting characteristics, even greater offroad capabilities, and an even stronger desire for adventure.”


In terms of suspension, the telescopic fork can now travel through 210mm due to a 41mm standpipe and stabiliser instead of the standard model’s 170mm at the front.

The rear suspension system, which consists of a two-arm swinging fork, central spring strut and rocker, has 210mm of travel instead of the standard 165mm. BMW has also extended the model’s wheelbase from 1477mm to 1484mm for improved directional stability off-road.

The taller suspension and improved ground clearance means the new bike's seat is 60mm further from the ground than the standard model’s 800mm. An aluminium cover will go a long way to protecting the engine from pointy rocks, while a higher windscreen, hand protectors and extended front mudguard adds to the bike’s touring appeal.

The new model’s moniker hints at the Karoo-like Sertão region in Brazil, a barren area set away from the country’s tropical coastline.

According to BMW the new model will be arriving in South Africa in February 2012 and they're hopeful it will be a “showroom flyer” with pricing expected to be between R80 000 and R9 0000 (Current G650 pricing is R73 000).

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