Motorcycle News - The BMW G650 Xcountry reimagined as a street tracker
Which is a real pity, because it’s a cracking bike; a compact 652 cc thumper that makes 53 hp and 60 Nm, and weighs 344 lbs wet. And with its pseudo-retro styling, it would sit nicely in the mix between bikes like the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and the Ducati Scrambler today.
“The technical package is really perfect—a light motorcycle with a strong and modern one cylinder engine. The radical frame layout with its extremely long swing arm that enhances traction, a big USD fork and good brakes are perfect for cornering winding roads.”
“We changed it all.”
The guys then shaped up new parts with fiber-reinforced plastic—and they made up a set of negative molds too, in case they ever want to replicate the body kit. The new cover and tail unit mount to some of the BMW’s original mounting points, with a few modifications to the bike’s subframe.
The front fender is custom, but uses the original mounting bracket. It’s flanked by a new set of fork protectors, and there’s an LED-equipped number board higher up, sitting on a set of one-off brackets. Just behind that you’ll find a set of LSL handlebars with a new mirror and controls, and the OEM speedo and switchgear.
The Xcountry comes with a 19F/17R wheel combo, but Georg and Holger swapped the rear out for another 19” for a flat track-appropriate setup, then added dirt track tires. And the wedged a new rear shock in too, for good measure.
Which begs the question: if BMW released something like this right now, would it sell?
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September 15, 2020 at 12:41PM