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2012 BMW G650GS Sertao
2012 BMW G650GS Sertao

2012 BMW G650GS Sertao
2012 BMW G650GS Sertao

2012 BMW G650GS Sertao
2012 BMW G650GS Sertao

2012 BMW G650GS Sertao
2012 BMW G650GS Sertao

2012 BMW G650GS Sertao
2012 BMW G650GS Sertao


2012 BMW G650GS Sertao

2012 BMW G650GS Sertao Review

The sporty BMW single cylinder enduro for offroad and everyday.

With its new BMW G 650 GS Sertão, BMW Motorrad has added a new, sporting chapter to the history of single cylinders in the BMW GS family. Whereas the G 650 GS thrilled riders with its lean, wiry offroad stature, the G 650 GS Sertão 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, optimised touring properties, and dynamic design.

On the technical side, the new G 650 GS Sertão uses the established liquid cooled, high-torque single cylinder engine of the G 650 GS with two overhead camshafts, fuel injection, and double ignition. Its 652 cc displacement delivers 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm and a max torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm. Options include output reduction to 25 kW (34 hp) at 6500 rpm and 47 Nm torque at 4500 rpm.

Whereas the G 650 GS chassis was developed primarily for country roads and light offroad use, the Sertão 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 colour concept underscores the dynamic character of the single cylinder enduro.

The special edition model comes with a larger front wheel to soak up the pot holes and difficult terrain, a high windshield, aluminium engine guard and hand protectors for enhanced rider and motorcycle protection and spoked wheels front and rear to cope with the difficult terrain. With all these standard features combined with the extreme agility, smoothness and economy of the standard G 650 GS, the superb Sertao is the perfect contender for your next bike.

Power, robustness and agility combined with maximum control.

This is what the G 650 GS Sertão stands for - a machine designed to master even the most adventurous forays into off-road terrain. Naturally its outstanding ride characteristics not only make it excel here but also in everyday riding on country roads or in city traffic.

The engine generates 35 kW (48 bhp) at 6500 rpm and a maximum torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm. Fuel consumption is sensationally low at 3.2 l per 100 km and thanks to its extremely low weight of 192 kg with full tank the bike handles easily in every situation.

The exclusive colour design is classic in Aura white/Arroyo Blue while remaining modern at the same time. The luggage carrier is in black and the seat in black/grey. Enduro fans will also enjoy the wide range of equipment. Thanks to state-of-the-art ABS (optional) the braking performance of the G 650 GS Sertão reaches a new level on wet asphalt. Apart from riding safety, a high level of comfort is ensured by the heated grips and the socket which ensures untroubled travel feeling on long distance rides.

Alls this makes the G 650 GS Sertão a versatile Funduro which calls out for adventure like the exciting desert of Brasil after which it was named. Let yourself in for adventure!



2012 BMW G650GS Sertao Model Highlights

The essential features of the new BMW G 650 GS Sertão at a glance:

•High-torque and low-consumption single cylinder engine with 652 cc displacement. Max torque of 60 Nm 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 Sertão lettering and seat in black/grey.
•Luggage carrier in black.
•Extended top front wheel cover.
•Two seat heights: 860 mm (standard) and 900 mm (special accessory).
•High windscreen.
•Hand protectors.
•Engine guard of aluminium.
•Disengageable BMW Motorrad ABS (option ex works).
•Extensive range of special accessories.



2012 BMW G650GS Sertao Features and Benefits

Standard Factory Equipment:
Special Features
Spoke Wheels
High Windshield
Aluminium Engine Guard
Heated Grips

Single cylinder engine, water cooled
4 valve cylinder head
Closed loop 3 way catalytic converter
BMW engine management with twin-spark ignition system
Chain Drive
Complete Stainless Steel exhaust system

Running Gear
Adjustable rear rebound damping
Telescopic front fork with fork stabiliser
Braided steel brake hoses
Side stand with starter inhibit
Chain guard
Cast Aluminium wheels
Hydraulic rear spring preload adjuster
Single disk brake front and rear

Speedometer with total and trip odometers, rev counter and clock
Permanent headlamp beam

Integral ignition and switch and steering lock
Side stand
Luggage rack
One key system for igntion, steering, fuel filler cap and storage compartment locks
Cockpit fairing fixed to frame
Lockable storage compartment at rear


Longer spring travels and wire spoke wheels for greater offroad fun.

The BMW G 650 GS did not need long to win the hearts of many fans who were thrilled by the chassis designed for the greatest possible agility and carefree cornering fun on country roads, but without sacrifice to comfort or touring properties. Moreover, its high level of riding stability, steering precision, and handling immediately instils confidence even in motorcycle starters.

With the new BMW G 650 GS Sertão from BMW Motorrad, the G 650 GS has now been joined by a sister model that gives even greater prominence to the offroad talents of the agile single cylinder enduro.

To this end, the front and rear suspension elements were fitted with longer spring travels. Fitted with a standpipe of 41 mm diameter and a stabiliser, the telescopic fork can now travel over 210 mm instead of 170 mm. Also the rear suspension system, consisting of a two arm swinging fork, central spring strut, and rocker, features a 210 mm instead of the 165 mm spring travel. In addition, the wheelbase has been extended from 1477 mm to 1484 mm, now providing even greater directional stability on offroad terrain.

The G 650 GS Sertão can also be fitted with other wheels that cater to a more sporting offroad taste. Unlike the G 650 GS fitted with cast alloy wheels, the Sertão sports high quality wire spoke wheels with alloy rim rings and hubs. With their larger front wheel diameter of 21 instead of 19 inches and smaller rear wheel rim width (3.00 x 17" instead of 3.50 x 17"), the new wheel sizes promise the rider hours of offroad fun. Also the tyres were modified accordingly on the G 650 GS Sertão (90/90 R21 54S front and 130/80 R17 65S rear).

Higher seat, larger ground clearance, and greater touring practicality.

Presenting a seat height of 860 mm instead of 800 mm, a considerably larger ground clearance, and a sturdy engine guard of aluminium, the G 650 GS Sertão presents the optimal conditions for offroad riding. In addition, the high windscreen, hand protectors, and the extended front wheel cover provide a greater level of comfort on longer tours.

Powerful single cylinder in sporting, dynamic design.

The 652 cc, 35 kW (48 hp) single cylinder with liquid cooling, fuel injection, double ignition, and closed loop catalytic converter delivers a powerful acceleration that cannot fail to thrill. Its strengths are spontaneous throttle response, refined riding properties thanks to the balancer shaft, and very low fuel consumption. Also the design of the new BMW G 650 GS Sertão does full justice to its dynamic performance figures and greater offroad practicality. Its colouring, vivid lettering, and sturdy look not only underscore the refined offroad talents of the G 650 GS Sertão, but also emphasise its affiliation to the dynamic GS family of BMW Motorrad.

Characteristic enduro colour scheme in the legendary GS style.

The high contrast colour scheme in Aura white / Arroyo blue combined with the seat in black/grey and the vivid Sertão lettering lend the G 650 GS Sertão its particular sturdy enduro character.

That special sporting touch is contributed by black surfaces on the engine, exhaust embellishers, fork slider tubes, side plate holder, luggage carrier, extended front wheel covers, and hand protectors. And the quality of the engineering is highlighted by the wire spoke wheels in the colour of aluminium, the engine guard, and the engine cover painted in Nürburg silver for the alternator and clutch.

Special equipment and special accessories - a plethora of optimising options for the BMW G 650 GS Sertão.

Even with the standard equipment, the new BMW G 650 GS Sertão is virtually the perfect embodiment of a dynamic offroad enduro. Moreover, BMW Motorrad can provide an unusually extensive range of special equipment and accessories for even greater individualisation of the new BMW G 650 GS Sertão.
Special equipment is delivered directly ex works and is integrated in the production process. Special accessories are installed at BMW Motorrad dealerships. The motorcycle can therefore be fitted with options after it has left the factory.

Special equipment.
- BMW Motorrad ABS (disengageable) including hazard warning flashers.
- Heated grips.*
- Alarm system DWA.*
- Charging socket.*

*Also as a special accessory retrofit

Special accessories.
Storage space programme.
- Vario case.
- Case holder.
- Liner for Vario case.
- Topcase.
- Liner for topcase.

Equipment range
- Tank rucksack

Ergonomics and comfort.
- Heated grips.*
- Charging socket.*
- High seat (height 900 mm).
- Single seat with luggage compartment (height 860 mm like standard).
- Windshield, high, tinted.

- Alarm system DWA.*

- Crash bars.
- LED light for onboard charging socket.
- Output reduction to 25 kW.

* Also available as special equipment ex works.




2012 BMW G650GS Sertao - American Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8,650 inc ABS


Capacity cc 652
Bore/stroke mm 100/83
Output kW/hp 35/48 at speed rpm 6 500
Torque Nm 60 at speed rpm 5 000
Type Water-cooled single-cylinder 4 stroke engine
Compression/fuel 11.5:1 / regular lead free (91 RON)
Valve actuation DOHC (double overhead camshaft), Bucket tappets
Valves per cylinder 4
Ø intake/outlet mm 36/31
Throttle valve diameter mm 43
Carburetion BMS-C II
Emmission control Fully controlled three-way catalytic converter

Electrical system

Alternator W 400
Battery V/Ah 12/12
Headlight High-/Low beam: Halogen 12 V/55 W
Rear light Brake light: 12V/21W, rear light: 12V/5W
Starter kW 0.9

Gearbox power transmission

Clutch Multiple clutch in oil bath, mechanically controlled
Gearbox Constant mesh 5-speed gearbox
Primary ratio 1.946
Gear transmission ratio I 2.750
II 1.750
III 1.313
IV 1.045
V 0.875
Rear wheel drive: chain
Transmission ratio 2.937

Frame construction type: Steel bridge frame with rear frame bolted on
Suspension, front: Telescopic fork with stabiliser

Suspension, rear: Double boxed swing arm of steel sections, spring strut actuated via central rocker system

spring travel front/rear mm: 210/210

Wheel castor mm: 123

Wheelbase mm: 1484

Steering head angle 61.9°

Brakes front
Hydraulically actuated single disc brake, fully floating, 300 mm diameter, double piston floating calliper

Brakes rear
Hydraulically actuated single disc brake, 240 mm diameter, single piston floating calliper,

BMW Motorrad ABS, disengageable (special equipment)

Wire spoke wheels
2.50 x 21“
3.00 x 17“

90/90 R21 54S
130/80 R17 65S

Dimensions and weights
Total length mm: 2185mm

Total width with mirrors: 920 mm

Seat height (without rider): 860 (standard) 900 (special accessory: high seat) mm

DIN unladen weight, ready for road: 193kg

Permitted total weight 380kg

Fuel tank level 14l

Riding data
Fuel consumption
90 km/h : 3.2 L/100 km
120 km/h: 4.3 L/100 km

Acceleration: 0–100 km/h: 5.7s

Max speed: 170km/h



2012 BMW G650GS Sertao - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $9,750 CDN

Technical Specifications:
Engine Type: 1-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4 valve, liquid cooled
Displacement: 652 cc
Output: 48 hp at 6,500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed
Seat Height: 860mm
Optional Seat Height:
Dry Weight: 177 kg (390 lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.0 l
Consumption (l/100km at 120km/h): 3.2 l
Warranty Coverage: 36 months, unlimited kilometres
Roadside Assistance: 36 months


2012 BMW G650GS Sertao - UK Specifications/Technical Details
Europe MSRP Price: £TBC

Technical Specifications:
Engine Type: 1-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4 valve, liquid cooled
Displacement: 652 cc
Output: 48 hp at 6,500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed
Seat Height: 860mm
Optional Seat Height:
Dry Weight: 177 kg (390 lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.0 l
Consumption (l/100km at 120km/h): 3.2 l
Warranty Coverage: 36 months, unlimited kilometres
Roadside Assistance: 36 months


2012 BMW G650GS Sertao - Australian Specifications/Technical Details
AUS MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing.

Technical Specifications:
Engine Type: 1-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4 valve, liquid cooled
Displacement: 652 cc
Output: 48 hp at 6,500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed
Seat Height: 860mm
Optional Seat Height:
Dry Weight: 177 kg (390 lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.0 l
Consumption (l/100km at 120km/h): 3.2 l
Warranty Coverage: 36 months, unlimited kilometres
Roadside Assistance: 36 months