BMW Motorcycles: The 650 vs. the 1200

Owning an off-road bike is an exhilarating experience. With a capable motorcycle, you can push past your limitations to explore challenging roads. You can put your skills to the test on off-road courses or explore scenic tracks through nature. With the freedom to follow your heart you can head to one of South Africa’s exciting destinations. BMW motorcycles have a reputation for offering bikers a pleasurable and capable ride. If you are choosing between the off road bikes 650 & 1200 models, first find out more about what each bike has to offer.


The BMW 650 GS is a capable ride both on and off road. It has excellent handling capabilities and it offers bikers a fun ride. Although it has a strong and durable frame, with a weight of 192 kgs it is still a light bike. Its light weight and powerful engine contribute to this model’s excellent performance. Available in Orange Red or Aura White, the 650 GS has a striking appearance.


The BMW R 1200 GS is a distinctive travel endurance bike. With its air and liquid cooling system, it offers bikers a trustworthy and efficient ride. Another highlight of these BMW motorcycles is its wet clutch which has an anti hopping feature. With its rigid frame, it is capable of tackling adverse road conditions. The 1200 GS’s LED headlamps and cross spoke wheels add to its appeal.


The BMW 650 GS delivers 35 kW of power at 6500 rpm with a torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm. The BMW 1200 GS produces significantly more power of 92 kW at 7,750 rpm with a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The 650 GS has a single cylinder engine while the 1200 GS has a two cylinder engine. The 650 GS has a fuel consumption of 3.2 l/100km which is significantly lower than the 1200 GS’s consumption of 4.3L/100km. The 650’s seat height of 800 mm makes this model accessible to a wide range of drivers while the 1200 GS has a higher seat height of 890 mm.


While beginner bikers may want to stick to the 650 GS, experienced endure riders will benefit from owning the R 1200 GS.


In the market for BMW motorcycles that will suit your style and not break the bank? Browse through Auto Mart’s selection of motorcycles online and start comparing prices today.

Struan Langlands

Digital Marketing Channel Co-ordinator @ Junk Mail Publishing. My family, work, cars and sport are the 4 things that I am most passionate about and motivate me. I am a full blooded Petrol Head and always ready for a sport debate. "The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player." ~Lionel Messi

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