BMW Motorrad has launched the F650 GS bike in India, priced at Rs 9.99 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. The entry-level enduro bike will rival the Triumph Tiger XC800 with the latter yet to be launched. The bike has been made available to the Indian enthusiast as a CBU or completely built unit. Since, the bike will be imported in to the country directly , customers will have to pay for the extra import duty the Government of India charges.
Currently , the import duty on bikes is 75 percent which explains the 800 cc bike wears such a high price tag. The in-line 2-cylinder engine chugs out 71 bhp of raw power and 76 Nm of peak torque allowing the bike to tackle the worst nature can throw at it. Unlike other BMW bikes of this era , the F650 GS gets a chain final drive as opposed to the shaft drive of the big-brother F1200 GS. The power of the twin-cylinder can be harnessed via a six-speed transmission.
In India , the top-of-the-line F650 GS with all the added extra like ABS and adjustable shock-absorbers will be available. Coming to the design aspect , the F650 GS is more of a workhorse than a ramp model. It features the assemetrical headlight assembly which can be found across the BMW bike range these days. The rugged built of the bike helps it tackle the harshest of terrains without breaking a sweat. The market for such bikes isn't very big , but there are a few enthusiasts who will be in search of some seriously reliable machinery.
With an asking price of close to Rs 10 lakh , the BMW F650 GS would be a low-volumes product. With the launch of this bike , the ball is now in Triumph's court. The pricing of the Tiger XC800 would be the One to watch out for because this is the bike that will be the main rival for BMW Motorad.