2012 BMW G650GS SERTAO – Now this looks like a fun bike to ride

When I first saw this bike on the web I was like hmmmmmmmmmmm interesting.  Riding a lighter less complicated single cylinder bike that might be able to handle ADV touring is really appealing in some regards.  I mean how many of us have wished we had a lighter bike when we get ourselves into certain situations while venturing off-road?

Not sure if this bike will be a HUGE hit for BMW but I bet there is a niche out there that will have this as their primary bike.  Not sure how it would do on a long trip but I guess as long as you don’t over load it (which is probably a good thing because Cheryl and I always slightly over pack) and make the saddle comfy it might just make the grade.  Decent price too!

Click pics for high res version! ;-)

BMW San Francisco gets credit for this info

2012 G650GS Sertão (MSRP $8,650*)

Introduction (as written by BMW of North America because we haven’t seen or ridden the bike yet)

With its new BMW G 650 GS Sertão, BMW Motorrad has added a new, sporting chapter to the history of single cylinders in the BMW GS family. Whereas the G650GS thrilled riders with its lean, wiry off-road stature, the G650GS Sertão promises even more sporting characteristics, even greater off-road capabilities, and an even stronger desire for adventure.

And all of this without any sacrafices to the established virtues of a BMW single cylinder enduro such as everyday practicality, appealing price-performance ratio, and playful riding properties.

On the technical side, the new G650GS Sertão uses the established liquid cooled, high-torque single cylinder engine of the G 650 GS with two overhead camshafts , fuel injection, and double ignition. Its 625 cc displacement delivers 50 hp at 6,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 44 ft/lb at 5,000 rpm.

The new Sertão offers greater off-road performance, optimized touring ability, and a dynamic design. While the G650GS chassis was developed primarily for county roads and light off-road use, the Sertão presents far greater off-road capabilities in the form of longer suspension travel and stiffer tuning. In addition, it is fitted with wire spoke wheels and the new color concept underscores the dynamic character of the single cylinder enduro.

Key Features

  • High-torque and low-consumption single cylinder engine with 652 cc displacement. Maximum torque of 44 ft/lb at 5,000 rpm and maximum output of 50 hp at 6,500 rpm.
  • Off-road chassis concept with long suspension travel (front/rear 210 mm or 8.3″)
  • Light dry weight of 390 lbs and wet weight of 426 lbs.
  • Fuel tank capacity of 3.7 gallons, including approximately 1 gallon reserve
  • Wire spoke wheels with light alloy rims. Wheel sizes 21″ front and 17″ rear
  • Two seat heights: 33.9″ (standard) and 35.4″ (special accessory)
  • Dynamic color concept in Aura White/Arroyo Blue with Sertão lettering and seat in black/grey
  • Black luggage rack
  • Extended top front fender
  • High windscreen
  • Hand protectors
  • Aluminum engine guard
  • Standard BMW Motorrad ABS, disengageable for off-road applications
  • Extensive range of accessories

Pricing and Equipment (MSRP $8,650)

Standard Equipment: High Windshield / Aluminum Engine Guard / Hand Protectors / Extended Front Fender

100% Options

Code Description
524 ABS (disengageable) with Hazard Flashers


Code Description MSRP
N84 Aure White / Arroyo Blue $0

Special Packages



Code Description MSRP
519 Heated Grips $250
603 Anti-Theft Alarm $395
764 Accessory Socket $50

Standard Package (MSRP: $8,950)

Code Description
519 Heated Grips
764 Accessory Socket

Premium Package



The first new G650GS Sertãos are scheduled to arrive in January of 2012. Let us know if you are interested in getting your hands on one of our first Sertãos and we’ll fill you in on all the deatils.



2012 BMW R1200GS

Maybe this bike the R1200GS rather the 1200GSA is a direct comparison to the new Triumph Tiger Explorer.  Perhaps Triumph will release an Adventure package with their new 1200cc bike like BMW.  In any case, here is the new 2012 BMW and it will be interesting to see what happens in the BIG ADV bike market next year when Triumph reveals their new addition to the ADV market. With so many companies getting on board might there be more competitive pricing??? Or, are we the public going to pay MSRP no matter how high just because we love these type of bikes?  BMW has not only added ABS as standard in their base package but all their options have subtly gone up too like centre stand prices, heated grips etc.  In the 1200 category their package pricing has gone up just a bit.  2010 equipment package price in Canadian dollars was$1600 and 2012 in US pricing is $1645, which will most likely translate to about $1745 CDN in or around.

2012 R 1200 GS (MSRP: $16,150*) Model Year 2012 Changes

  • Base model: Option 630 (ABS) added to 100% options; base MSRP up by $1,100 to reflect the change in base equipment
  • Standard and Premium Packages: Content changes to exclude option 630 (ABS) which is now in 100% options; net MSRP change is zero ($0) since ABS is now in base model
  • Base MSRP increase: +$60 in addition to the changes explained above resulting from adding ABS to the base model
  • New special packages: Option 431 (GS std. equipment), and option 432 (GS prem. equipment)
  • Standard Package: Individually listed equipment now bundled under special pakage option 431
  • Premium Pacakge: Individually listed equipment now bundled under special package option 432 which adds option 350 (chrome exhaust) without adding price; the result is a value improvement of $150 over last year’s premium package
  • New colors: 764 (Titan Silver Metallic), and N86 (Lupin Blue Metallic)
  • Discontinued colors: N15 (Magma Red), and N50 (Ostra Grey Metallic Matte)

100% Options

Code Description
630 Integral ABS (disengageable)

Standard Equipment

Code Description
588 White Turn Signals
636 Center Stand

Special Packages

Code Description MSRP
200 Special Model “Triple Black”: includes options 186 (special model), and 670 (special color cross-spoke wheels) $650
431 GS Standard Equipment: includes options 519 (heated grips), 539 (on board computer), 589 (hand protection), and 681 (saddle bag mounts) $845
432 GS Premium Equipment: includes options 350 (chrome exhaust), 416 (enduro ESA), 519 (heated grips), 539 (on board computer), 589 (hand protection), and 691 (saddle bag mounts) $1,645


Code Description MSRP
N64 “Triple Black” Sapphire Black Metallic (only with 200) $0
N86 Lupin Blue Metallic $0
751 Alpine White $0
764 Titan Silver Metallic $0


Code Description MSRP
186 Special Model (only with 200) $0
350 Chrome Exhaust $150
416 Enduro ESA $800
499 Low Suspension $250
519 Heated Grips $250
530 TPM (Tire Pressure Monitoring) $250
539 On Board Computer $295
589 Hand Protection $100
603 Anti-Theft Alarm $395
650 Enduro ASC $400
670 Special Color Cross Spoke Wheels (only with 200) $0
681 Saddle Bag Mounts $200
771 Cross Spoke Wheels $500
776 Low Seat $0

Standard Package (MSRP: $16,995*)

Code Description
431 GS Standard Equipment

Premium Package (MSRP: $17,795*)

Code Description
432 GS Premium Equipment


  • Option 200 and color N64 can only be ordered in combination with each other
  • Option 200 not with option 771 (200 includes 670 – special color cross spoke wheels)
  • Color N64 includes “GS” raised lettering seat; in combination with options 499 and 776 will not include the raised lettering seat
  • Option 431 not with option 432
  • Option 499 not with options 416 or 776 (776 included in 499)

2012 R1200GS Lupin Blue Metalic (color N86)


2012 R1200GS Titan Silver Metallic (color 764


2012 R1200GS “Triple Black” Sapphire Black Metallic (color N64)


2012 R1200GS Alpine White (color 751)


Info found on BMW San Fran website

All these bikes I am posting are awesome looking machines and in the field I am sure make the owners very happy.  If we win the lottery we would have one of each in our garage! ;-)

Just so you all can see on one page here is the Tiger Explorer again.