BMW unveiled its two performance-oriented scooters at the EICMA today, the C 650 GT and the C 600 Sport.
mainstream. The two new maxi-scooters will be produced in the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin and are aimed to please two different demographics, one more sport-minded while the other looks to do longer rides, more than likely two-up.
Though we knew from BMW’s Concept C Scooter that the two new offerings would operate with a continuously variable transmission, engine size had been a point of speculation. The guessing game is over as both the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT will be powered by a 647cc Parallel Twin with power ratings claimed to be 60 hp @ 7500 rpm and 48.7 lb-ft @ 6000 rpm. The engine has a 90-degree crank pin offset and 270-degree ignition spacing aimed at keeping vibrations low and is facilitated by two balancer shafts. It’s mounted low on the frame courtesy of a 70-degree forward tilt of its cylinder bank which helps in mass centralization and allowed BMW to make the scooters step-thru. Spent gases are jettisoned from a little, stubby pipe jutting off the right side. The stainless steel exhaust has a closed loop catalytic converter and O2 sensor which meets the upcoming stringent Euro 4 standards.
BMW engineers sought to give the BMW C 600 Sport and C 650 GT a rigid, stable ride so they utilized a tubular steel bridge frame mated to a diecast aluminum swingarm with the engine serving as a stressed member of the frame. The cast swingarm connects to a single rear shock to stabilize the rider of the rear while an upside-down fork with a 40mm tube anchors the front.
The performance-based scooters come with ABS standard. The braking system features three 270mm discs, two-rotors on the front and a single disc on the rear. Both tires stand 15 inches tall and measure out at 120/70 up front and 160/60 on the backside. Though a full spec sheet hasn’t been disclosed yet, there’s a pretty healthy stretch between the spoked wheels.
BMW chose the C 600 Sport for the world premiere of its FlexCase stowage system. From what we understand, the FlexCase uses a flap in the tail base under the seat which unfolds to make the storage space bigger when the vehicle is parked. There are also a couple of smaller storage compartments built into the front fairing. Since the C 650 GT is built with long-distance rides in mind, its standard storage compartment is a tad larger.
The C 600 Sport and C 650 GT scooters are full of the modern, edgy styling you’d expect from BMW Motorrad. Its split-face front fairing looks like something you’d find on a sportbike instead of a scooter. It has air intakes on its sides ala the BMW GS while its single-sided swingarm isn’t standard scooter fare, either. It has a multifunctional instrument panel highlighted by a large LCD display with an analog speedo and digital bar tach. BMW Motorrad is also offering an LED daytime running light as an option. We were hoping BMW’s C scooters would come with the twin LCD monitors that were connected to two rear-facing video cameras the BMW Concept C Scooter used as mirrors, but that option has been ditched for conventional mirrors. Attractive features like heated seats and heated grips are optional accessories.
BMW chose the C 600 Sport to debut its FlexCase storage system. Heated seats and heated grips are optional accessories for BMW’s 650 line of scooters.
The C 650 GT has a greater emphasis on comfort and touring so its riding position is a little more relaxed, the passenger seat is designed to be even more comfortable on long stints, and it has passenger floorboards instead of fold-out foot pegs. The rider’s seat comes up a little higher and has more of a true backrest which is adjustable and its bars are a touch higher than the C 600 Sport as well. Its windscreen is larger and electronically adjustable while the one on the C 600 Sport is manually adjustable to three different settings. The seat height on the C 650 GT is 30mm lower, too. Other differences between the two are the bodywork as the panels on the front and rear of the C 650 GT cover up more of the bike while the C 600 Sport is more streamline. As mentioned above the C 650 GT has a larger stowage area, claimed to be almost 60 liters in the tail. Other small differences include the location of the turn signals, with the C 650 GT’s units integrated into the mirrors on the front and with the LED light cluster on the rear.
The BMW C 600 Sport is available in Cosmic Blue Metallic Matt, Titanium Silver Metallic, and Sapphire Black Metallic while the C 650 T is offered in Sapphire Black Metallic, Platinum Bronze Metallic, and Vermillion Red Metallic. BMW’s new maxi-scooters will be available in spring of 2012 while prices have yet to be announced.