We pounded the pavement and parched Arizona desert to find out where the BMW Xcountry lines up in the grand scheme of off-road and dual-sport bikes. Check out our test of the 2007 BMW Xchallenge & Xcountry
- 2007 BMW Xcountry and Xchallenge.
- With so much technology shared between the bikes, it’s amazing they can be so different. The scrambler-style Xcountry leans towards the pavement side of the dual-sport spectrum while the Xchallenge prefers dirt.
- A shorter seat height means rides with long legs will feel cramped.
- Passenger handholds and an extra heat shield make this a friendly two-up machine.
- This Bembo dual-piston caliper holds tight to the 300mm rotor.
- Even though it’s a desert, Arizona offers some terrific winding roads to blaze with the Xcountry.
- The Xcountry has a much different style than the other X models. This is easily the most comfortable to ride all day.
- Taking in the scenery is a perfect pastime for Xcounty owners.
- The Xcountry has suspension that is better suited to its preferred environment than the Xchallenge. Riding the scrambler bike on the street was a blast.
- The Xcountry’s stepped seat is not only three inches shorter, but infinitely more comfortable than the off-road bike’s butt rest
- The revised motor is peppy in town but wheelies won’t happen on accident.
- Moderate off-roading like this gravel road is great on the Xcountry. Much more than this and the street-biased dual-sport begins to show weaknesses.
- Ah, the lengths we go to for our readers. Protection from the elements is non-existent.
- There’s no doubt that the new X series will develop a following just like the F650GS and Dakar models. BMW just hopes that it’s a younger group of riders.
- All of the X series bikes share this digital display unit. It was clean and functional, but the speedo seemed off by a few mph.
- An LED tail light and clear-lens blinkers look sharp and make the DMV happy.