2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão – First Look
October 20, 2011
Filed under BMW Motorcycle Road Tests: Reviews on BMW Motorcycles, Featured Road Test
In much the same way BMW produced a more offroad worthy (and subsequently very popular) F 650 GS twin with its F 650 GS Dakar, now the German company has announced it will offer a “dirtier” version of its entry-level G 650 GS single called the G 650 GS Sertão. Named after a desert in northern Brazil, according to BMW’s global press information the Sertão has the same frame and liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC 652cc single as the standard G 650 GS. To ready it for serious adventures the bike gets more suspension travel, 8.27 inches total front and rear, and 21- / 17-inch spoked light-alloy wheels carrying tube-type tires. Oddly, however, it still carries just 3.7 gallons of fuel. For loading-up long-distance gear a luggage carrier in back is standard, as are an extended front fender, taller windscreen, hand protectors and a skid plate. That longer suspension elevates the standard seat height to 33.9 inches; a even taller 35.4 inch-high saddle is also available along with a long list of other accessories. The bike’s standard ABS can be switched off, too.