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Old 10-14-2006, 09:50 AM   #181
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I think the battery might still be behind the headstock.
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Old 10-15-2006, 10:33 AM   #182
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Old 10-17-2006, 03:21 PM   #183
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New BMW 650cc thumpers (53hp)

Looks like there is new new contenders in the dual sport 650cc thumper class. Claims to be 50+hp (huge advantage over XR650L,DR650,etc). I guess its in a different price bracket also tho? Also SuperMotard versions as well. The liquid-cooled mill is claimed to crank out 53 horsepower at 7,000 rpm with torque performance peaking at 44 lb-ft at 5,250 rpm. Overall, the new designs tip the scales at a claimed dry weight of 318 lbs for the Xchallenge up to 326 lbs for the Xcountry.

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_Page.aspx?ArticleID=3826&Page=1&WT.mc_id=35210&WT.dcsvid=1732777787





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Old 10-17-2006, 03:35 PM   #184
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looks italian.....I'm sure aprilla had some design input.....then again italian chicks are hot at least the ones in milan
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Old 10-17-2006, 04:00 PM   #185
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YES ITALIAN ,,,,SHAVED OR WHAT???? I DON'T LIKE TO much WILD BEAVER
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Old 10-17-2006, 04:08 PM   #186
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Looks like middle pic shows one without the ABS exciter ring so I would consider this bike.
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Old 10-17-2006, 05:49 PM   #187
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You are a week late.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=172350

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Looks like there is new new contenders in the dual sport 650cc thumper class. Claims to be 50+hp (huge advantage over XR650L,DR650,etc). I guess its in a different price bracket also tho? Also SuperMotard versions as well. The liquid-cooled mill is claimed to crank out 53 horsepower at 7,000 rpm with torque performance peaking at 44 lb-ft at 5,250 rpm. Overall, the new designs tip the scales at a claimed dry weight of 318 lbs for the Xchallenge up to 326 lbs for the Xcountry.

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_Page.aspx?ArticleID=3826&Page=1&WT.mc_id=35210&WT.dcsvid=1732777787





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Old 10-17-2006, 06:33 PM   #188
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Does any one have info on what KTM's [soon to be but not yet released] 690 puts out. It seems KTM and BMW are the only guys on the block who are serious about new dual sport bikes. 50 ponies cool beans. What is the price tag on the new one lung Beemers?
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Old 10-17-2006, 08:21 PM   #189
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There's a few of these threads around here, but every time I see the pics, I want one.. I want that X Challenge if the HP lives up to the hype.
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Old 10-17-2006, 08:52 PM   #190
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Only 50+ HP! Feh! I'm getting close to 70.

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Old 10-18-2006, 09:19 AM   #191
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G650s suitable for the long haul?

Think the G650s will be marketed as day use bikes? Even the Xcountry seems a bit sparse for a big trip. No doubt that these look pretty sweet, but for a 17,000 trip I think I'd still want a Dakar. Though if the G650 is comfortable, with enough add-ons, perhaps it would be better than the Dakar.
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:46 AM   #192
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What is going to happen to the Dakar?

These new bikes are beautiful, but I think the Dakar is still the best bike for me. It seems to have a better balance of adventure touring and off-road riding than any of these new bikes. Ideally, BMW would produce a Dakar style bike with the suspension from the new bikes? I wouldn't mind a little extra weight if the bike suits my needs and is more reliable. Of course, while everyone keeps drooling over the pictures, no one seems to know how they ride.

Does BMW plan to keep producing the Dakar? Are they planning on keeping the price the same or would it change with the addition of the new bikes?
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:56 PM   #193
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Does any one have info on what KTM's [soon to be but not yet released] 690 puts out. It seems KTM and BMW are the only guys on the block who are serious about new dual sport bikes. 50 ponies cool beans. What is the price tag on the new one lung Beemers?
The new 690 LC4 mill (more like 660 actually) is good for 63hp right outta the box according to KTM.

Those new beemers do look nice, almost as light & powerful as my '03 640 Enduro too! (sorry, couldn't resist ) The SM version owes a lot to the Duke II I reckon.

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Old 10-18-2006, 12:57 PM   #194
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At first glance, IMHO, I think the X country could make an excellent adventure touring machine. Good ergonomics, available luggage, windscreen, high output generator for accessories, generous power for it's weight, and I assume the frame is strong enough for all the added weight.

If someone wants to superslab it all the way, I agree there are much better (read: heavier) bikes. Be my guest to them and that type of riding. I don't think that is what BMW is going for here. They already have bikes in the lineup for that. I think they are targeting the "road less traveled" adventure tourer with the X country.

I prefer to stick to unimproved back roads up to, at most, two-lane state highways, so the country will suit me just fine. If it comes in around the $8k mark, a country will be in my garage in the spring and, if it rides like the specs, will definitely be taken for a looong trip within a few month's time...

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Old 10-18-2006, 02:14 PM   #195
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At first glance, IMHO, I think the X country could make an excellent adventure touring machine. Good ergonomics, available luggage, windscreen, high output generator for accessories, generous power for it's weight, and I assume the frame is strong enough for all the added weight.

If someone wants to superslab it all the way, I agree there are much better (read: heavier) bikes. Be my guest to them and that type of riding. I don't think that is what BMW is going for here. They already have bikes in the lineup for that. I think they are targeting the "road less traveled" adventure tourer with the X country.

I prefer to stick to unimproved back roads up to, at most, two-lane state highways, so the country will suit me just fine. If it comes in around the $8k mark, a country will be in my garage in the spring and, if it rides like the specs, will definitely be taken for a looong trip within a few month's time...

my $.02

Rusty Nail,

You may be right. With a windscreen and a few other farkles, the Xcountry would be a better adventure bike, but I would still love to see a bigger gas tank. Lightweight would be nice, because I'm sure I'll be dropping that thing a few times while playing in the dirt. Probably not on singletrack, but I can go forever on jeep roads and easier ATV trails.

If anything, maybe a lot of people will be selling their used Dakars when they buy their new X bikes. I guess I better bulk up, because I'm sure I would drop those too.
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