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2007 BMW Xchallenge Photo Gallery

We pounded the pavement and parched Arizona desert to find out where the BMW Xchallenge lines up in the grand scheme of off-road and dual-sport bikes. Check out our test of the 2007 BMW Xchallenge & Xcountry

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2007 BMW G650 Xchallenge.
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Even though it’s big, the new Beemer is capable of some technical riding.
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Based largely off the F650GS models, the new Xchallenge has an established history of durability and competence, but the new upgrades are BMW’s answer for increased performance and off-road ability.
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If you want only the cholla for company, this bike might be for you.
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The Xchallenge is still a bit bulky and has some suspension issues we’d like to see addressed before it becomes a true enduro in our book. But, as a street-legal dirt bike, it can still offer a ton of performance whether the terrain is brown or black.
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The headlight assembly is shared by the Xmoto, but the Xcountry uses a different lighting approach.
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The right-side, under-seat fuel tank requires that the bike is resting on its sidestand in order to refuel.
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The Xchallenge is sure to draw onlookers wherever you ride.
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BMW has done a great job of perking up the motor and turning it into something that works terrific for dirt and street riders.
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The Xchallenge, even with only 2.5 gallons, was able to spend a long time alone in the desert thanks to fuel economy in the 50 mpg range.
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Excessive pounding of off-road riding led to several broken license plate holders. We had the same problem on the HP2.
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Desert terrain is well-suited to 650 Singles.
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The Xchallenge uses wave rotors, but the Xcountry makes due with an equally powerful set of standard discs. Both machines are available with ABS.
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The Air Damping shock is the Xchallenge’s weakest link. It works better on this bike than the enormous HP2, but German engineers still have a lot of work to do in order to see performance similar to traditional oil/spring units.
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Getting the bike to turn isn’t nearly as easy as hauling ass in a straight line, despite fairly aggressive steering geometry.
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Charging single-track isn’t what this bike is best at, but it will get you into a lot tighter places than anything else BMW is currently offering.
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The 652cc motor easily spins the rear wheel which makes for a fun time on smooth fire roads.
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Compression adjustments are made on the left fork while rebound is handled on the right.
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The Xchallenge manages to retain some form of that signature front fender.
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The riding position is comfortable while standing. Because of the ultra-hard seat, you’ll be doing a lot of that.
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This snaking footpath is part of a deadly four-day hike used regularly by illegal immigrants. Empty water bottles and discarded clothing made for sadly-interesting trailside debris.
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The hardest part of being an editor – Hilde tries to pick which bike he wants to abuse for the day.