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BMW G 450 X Makes U.S. Debut at GNCC October 27-28

story by Motorcycle.Com Staff, Created Friday, Oct 19, 2007
It should be obvious by now that BMW Motorrad is taking dirt seriously. With the advent of the first bike in their growing high-performance line, the HP2 Enduro, the company made the world sit up and take notice. And early in 2007 they unveiled the XChallenge, an updated 650cc single based on the F650 mill. The XChallenge was one of three bikes using that same thumper (the other two are the XCountry and XMoto), but this particular bike was hearlded as a "hard enduro" by BMW. Not really a devoted off-road machine, the XChallenge carries a license plate, headlight, brakelight/taillight and indicators, but is more than capable of getting into and out of some serious backcountry situations.

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. “We’ve 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.


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