BMW as popular for car, its popularity remains the same as BMW Motorcycles. As a 2011 new offering BMW Motorcycles introduced the sibling of the GS family the BMW G650. The G650 is into 600 cc category which is in between the 250 cc and the mighty 1000 cc motorcycles. The G650 plays a dual role; it’s a street as well as an off roader. Apart from its dual function the motorcycle pleases motorcycle enthusiasts with BMW’s German engineered single cylindered engine.
Lets look at, what the engine has to offer.
With 652 cc on the displacement the engine generates 48 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 44 lb ft of torque churns at 5000 rpm. If you think that is too much of power for daily commuting, the G650 when equipped with a special accessory generates less power; 34 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 34 lb ft of torque at 4500 rpm.
The engine is well tuned to give the best out of it. The electronic fuel injection twin spark plugs works well, that generates more horsepower keeping the fuel injection low. Also the bike is equipped with catalytic converter which ensures low emission. All of the torque generation on the BMW G650 is taken to the rear wheel through 5 speed gear box.
The suspension and the chassis are similar work that’s found on BMW F650gs. Suspension on the front is telescoping forks and the rear has monoshock suspension that is linked with a liver. The handling is just unmatchable as it gives a zippy ride through city roads. The suspension are tuned accordingly as it has to work well on the street and off-it playing a dual role. BMW motorcycles ensure every ride a thrilling one as it has safety add-ons, ABS which comes as a factory fitted equipment. ABS can be de-activated when enjoying the bike on off-road.
Color offering is typical BMW GS style. The 2011 BMW G650 GS is completely redesigned that makes the ride sporty and agile.BMW F650gs is also a combo bike that is between a sport bike and a tourer. Simply means the F650 adds the performance of a sport bike to a tourer.
And the latest, that I have already discussed the G650GS. This was the very first motorcycle from BMW to have a single cylinder and a chain to drive the wheel. The Funduro and the Strada was offered from 1993 to 2001 and 2000 onwards came the F650GS and the F650GS Dakar.
Over the years BMW motorcycles improved the ergonomics and handling and the work is found best in the BMW F650gs Dakar.
F650GS is offered with low profile seat and lower seat height is offered as a no cost option. To make the bike feel lighter and smaller the tank is under the seat that reduces the center of gravity. The performance figures is identical to the above discussed G650 as the F650 also comes with 652 cc engine with twin spark plug and catalyst that ensures low emission meeting the Euro2 emission requirement.
Bultaco Motorcycles, Bultaco Sherpa S, Bultaco Alpina
The company backs to May 1958 when its founder Bulto started the motorcycle manufacturing company. Bulto was in the management of Montesa Motorcycle that was founded in 1944. Montesa was pushed with great success in racing and in 1957 the company decided to shift to a larger manufacturing facility. The move was taken on the wrong time as the Spanish economy at that time was facing a down turn.
The company was making business majorly from its race team. The economic down turn brought disagreements between the senior director and Bultaco. Having a major stake in the company senior director Pere Permanyer decided to discontinue company’s racing program. Bultaco opposed to this decision and finally decided to leave. Soon after Bultaco left, the company’s other members who were in the race department also left.
The race team from the Montesa was highly capable and wanted to do something to keep racing. Once in a meeting they called Bulto along with several racing staff. A team of ex-Montesa employees along with Bulto stated a company in old farm that was owned by Bulto. Later in the month of March 1959 Bultaco called for a press and launched their first road bike Bultaco Tralla 101 that was a 125cc motorcycle. The Tralla was named after a Spanish which means whiplash.Bultaco Sherpa S is an updated version of the Bultaco Sherpa. The Sherpa was first introduced in 1970. The Sherpa design was an input by Sammy Millers.
This 250 cc two stoke was far better than previous models. The engine was made lighter, excellent handling and was powerful. The early and basic models of the Bultaco Sherpa were with four speed transmission. In later years the Bultaco Sherpa was offered with 5 speed gear box, new engine came from San Antonio and new chassis were installed. Than came Bultaco Sherpa S in 1971. the new Sherpa S was with better handling and also was one of the best to have reasonable road manners in the last years of the sixties. Later the motorcycle was offered with Kit Campeon that makes the bike easily maneuverable.
Americans in early seventies showed lots of interest in trail riding as their favorite pass time. Bultaco Motorcycles soon released that they should manufacturing some thing that will meet the needs of trail bikes.
The manufacturer felt the need to produce a trial bike and hence they came up with Bultaco Alpina a 250cc trail motorcycle that very quickly established its ground n the trail bike segment.