More recently the German bike maker had been campaigning a 450cc "sports enduro" prototype the BMW G 450 X in stealth mode in the spring of this year in Europe. Now that the cat's been out of the bag for a while, the high-performance thumber will make its first U.S. appearance at the GNCC (Grand National Cross Country) race in Crawfordsville, Indiana October 27-28. Former motocross world champion Simo Kirssi the lone BMW entrant -- will pilot the G 450 X in the class of Pro Bikes in a three-hour race from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on the 28th.
The talented Finn rode the G 450 X to its first-ever victory in its most recent appearance in the final round of the 2007 European Cross Country Championship, held in Schefflenz, Germany, October 6-7. The on-going development of the production bike has been widely viewed by the public throughout the off-road racing season in Europe, but the new enduro has never made tire tracks on American soil.
Berti Hauser, head of BMW Motorrad Motorsport, is hoping for another cross country victory, this time on U.S. shores. Weve demonstrated that our sports enduro concept not only works, but is capable of winning races, he reported. Now, we have raised the bar to aim for consistent top performance.
The bike is proving worth its salt in competition, but like the HP2 Sport unveiled recently we'll have to wait and see if and when the G 450 X will come to the U.S. to stay, and just how much coin it will take to make one stay in your garage. A safe guess would put the price tag around $12,000.