BMW has developed a more off-road oriented version of their popular single-cylinder G650GS, the G650GS Sertao.
Portuguese for wilderness, the Sertao is powered by the same 652cc liquid-cooled and counter-balanced single cylinder engine as the standard G650GS which produces 48hp at 6500 rpm and 44 ft-lb of torque at 5000 rpm.
The chassis and accessories have been upgraded to provide more off-road ability without sacrificing on-road comfort.
The differences include longer travel springs and wire spoke wheels. Up front, the 41mm diameter forks now travel up to 8.3" (up from 6.7") with the rear swingarm capable of the same 8.3" of travel (up from 6.5").
The 19" cast alloy front wheel has been replaced with a larger 21" wire spoke wheel.
The longer travel suspension gives the Sertao more ground clearance but also higher seat heights. The standard seat is now up 2.4" to 33.9" with a 35.4" bench as an option.
Here is the official press release courtesy of BMW Motorrad:
BMW G650GS Sertao – the sporty BMW single cylinder enduro for offroad and everyday.
With its new BMW G650GS Sertao, BMW Motorrad has added a new, sporting chapter to the history of single cylinders in the BMW GS family. Whereas the G650GS thrilled riders with its lean, wiry offroad stature, the G650GS Sertao promises even more sporting characteristics, even greater offroad capabilities, and an even stronger desire for adventure. And all of this without any sacrifice to the established virtues of a BMW single cylinder endure such as everyday practicality, appealing price-performance ratio, and playful riding properties.
Chassis for greater offroad practicality, optimized touring properties, and dynamic design.
On the technical side, the new G650GS Sertao uses the established liquid cooled, high-torque single cylinder engine of the G650GS with two overhead camshafts, fuel injection, and double ignition. Its 652 cc displacement delivers (48 hp) at 6500 rpm and a max torque of 60 Nm [44 ft-lb] at 5000 rpm. Options include output reduction to 25 kW (34 hp) at 6500 rpm and 47 Nm [35 ft-lb] torque at 4500 rpm.
Whereas the G650GS chassis was developed primarily for country roads and light offroad use, the Sertao presents far greater offroad practicality in the form of longer spring travels and tighter tuning. In addition, it is fitted with wire spoke wheels.
Also the new color concept underscores the dynamic character of the single cylinder enduro.
The essential features of the new BMW G650GS Sertao at a glance:
High-torque and low-consumption single cylinder engine with 652 cc displacement.
Max torque of 60 Nm [44 ft-lb] at 5000 rpm and max output of 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm.
Output reduction to 25 kW (34 hp) available.
Offroad chassis concept with long spring travels(front/rear 210 mm).
Wire spoke wheels with light alloy rims. Wheel sizes 21" front and 17" rear.
Dynamic colour concept in Aura White / Arroyo Blue with Sertao lettering and seat in black/grey.
Luggage carrier in black.
Extended top front wheel cover.
Two seat heights: 860 mm [33.9"] (standard) and 900 mm [35.4"] (special accessory).
Engine guard of aluminium.
Disengageable BMW Motorrad ABS (option ex works).
Extensive range of special accessories.
Click HERE for a look at all of the Touratech accessories for the BMW G650GS