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2009 BMW G650GS Review
 

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2009 BMW G650GS Review

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mscuddy 12-15-2008 03:14 PM

Enter the Dragon
 
"After all, the engine is a carbon-copy of the former 650 that was sourced from Rotax."

Great test Pete, but I worry about China taking over all manufacturing of everything everywhere eventually.

My wife is from Brazil, and folks down there are carping about all the shoe manufacturing (once a Brazilian hallmark industry)going to China, along with major underwear brands that were once tied into Brazilian culture, now being outsourced to the big red giant.

Now about the engine being a "carbon copy" of the Rotax, I wonder how Rotax feels about that? Not that China has had any quams in the past about copying everything from wrist watches to designer handbags. No, I see the future, and it's got a big red star on it.

Better learn to use those chopsticks, and get the Phelps Rosetta Stone version of Mandarin...egg roll anyone?

sfcdjevans 12-15-2008 03:46 PM

The only hope is to get all Chinese labor to join the UAW. No that was completely unfair on my part and is unfaithful to my beliefs, but it sure was funny.

My brothers is here for the winter. It feel odd to me to sit "in" the bike. Not a bad price point. Used ones vanish around here, quick. Dealer is 80 ish miles away. I wonder if they give out loaners for that model. Have you ever changed the oil on one of those? I'm sure there are others like it, but... Maybe I oughta go sit on it for awhile.

longride 12-15-2008 04:45 PM

At least they assemble the bike in Germany! That's worth the extra bucks right there!

Pete_Brissette 12-15-2008 05:16 PM

Rotax, BMW, Chop Suey
 
"Now about the engine being a "carbon copy" of the Rotax, I wonder how Rotax feels about that?"

That's my phrasing, but is in essence what BMW staff had said.

"More or less, it's basically a Rotax motor, originally. Then when we built it, Aprilia put the engines in [for BMW] at the time. The early F650 singles had a BMW casting on the side of the engine. So it was a BMW engine that was basically based off a Rotax, and it's more or less the same motor, but now just assembled in a different location for cost savings." --BMW

Perhaps not eloquent as it was quoted from a live Q&A session, but more or less, that's the official word. ;-)

bbtowns 12-16-2008 02:15 PM

Where did you guys find that air cooled KLR650? Junk heap with the radiator removed?

Dr_Sprocket 12-16-2008 03:39 PM

Unconfirmed Gabe sighting??
 
Was that Gabe sighting confirmed or uncomfirmed?

Man! I sure do miss his scotch reviews and tasting notes. Any volunteers to pick up the banner and run with it? My vote's for Cuddy.

12er 12-16-2008 03:52 PM

Gabe is on Motorcycle Daily now. Did he go rogue? Ive been looking for another thumper, more pipe dream than anything but an XR650 with a baja kit has been calling my name. At least I know now to only buy a 06 or older 650gs if a cherry one surfaced for the right price. I'd rather know its a rotax and not a knock off.

sfcdjevans 12-16-2008 06:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dr_Sprocket (Post 199260)
Was that Gabe sighting confirmed or uncomfirmed?

Man! I sure do miss his scotch reviews and tasting notes. Any volunteers to pick up the banner and run with it? My vote's for Cuddy.

I thought that I'd seen that blue 'Stitch before.

Pete_Brissette 12-16-2008 07:16 PM

What can I say? Not all edits make it in before Live.

Here's how it should've read:

"Additionally, consider that two of the three are air-cooled and all are carbed..."


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