December 17th, 2011
The 2012 BMW G650GS SERTAO looks like a return to the popular Dakar model of adventure motorcycle. A closer inspection reveals that there have been a few updates to the design, leading to improved off-road abilities.
The Sertao's suspension has a full 8.3 inches of travel both front and rear. The standard G650GS has about 6 ½ inches of travel in the suspension. A new 21-inch front wheel will help the machine travel over larger obstacles and increase ground clearance. The 654cc single-cylinder engine is water-cooled and fuel injected. A new instrument cluster and standard two-channel ABS brakes rounds out the package.
The weight of the Sertao is just 6 pounds less than Kawasaki's KLR650, but is reported to handle highway speeds better than the KLR. BMW claims 50 horsepower and 44 foot-pounds of torque. The seat height is a mountainous 33.9 inches, which may make this motorcycle a non-starter for shorter riders.
The Sertao will be available in January 2012 for a MSRP of $8650 for the base model and $8950 with heated grips and an auxiliary power socket.
[Motorcycle.com | Cycle World]