BMW dealers to sell maxi-scooters next year


In the fall of 2012, BMW dealers will begin retailing two maxi-scooters for sports and touring: the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT.

BMW Motorrad says the scooters are the first offerings since “expanding its business activities to include urban mobility.”

The models, built in Berlin, share a two-cylinder inline engine with a displacement of 647cc. In both models, its rated power output is 60 hp at 7500 rpm, and its maximum torque of 49 ft.-lbs. is available at 6000 rpm. The power is transferred via a directly integrated continuously variable transmission.

The engine owes its low position, and therefore low center of gravity, to its cylinder bank, which is inclined to the front through 70 degrees. Characteristic sound and low vibration levels are the result of the 90-degree crank pin offset, 270-degree ignition spacing, and two balancer shafts driven by spur gears.

An electronic fuel injection system supplies the four valves under the two overhead camshafts. Oil is supplied from a dry sump with double oil pump, and an efficient cooling concept optimizes the thermal equilibrium in the engine.

The exhaust system is made completely of stainless steel. It comes with a closed-loop catalytic converter and an oxygen sensor.

The design of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT suspension features a torsionally rigid hybrid interconnection of a tubular steel bridge frame and a die-cast aluminum unit at the swingarm bearing. In addition, the engine functions as a bearing element, presenting a particularly rigid construction for stable and high-precision response. An upside-down fork presents a generous fixed fork diameter of 40 mm. The tail presents a reclining spring strut on the left side. The spring travels are each 115 mm, as commonly found with motorcycles. The tire widths and cross sections of the models are also aligned to motorcycle dimensions.

The new C 600 Sport and C 650 GT are fitted with a generously sized braking system consisting of a two-rotor disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear, each 270 mm in diameter. The BMW Motorrad ABS comes standard.

The instrument cluster of the models presents a large, easily readable LCD display with integrated engine speed readout and an analogue speedometer. For the first time, BMW Motorrad is also offering an LED daytime running light as an optional equipment feature.

The FlexCase for the C 600 Sport is a stowage space concept. A flap in the tail base under the seat enlarges the stowage space on the stationary vehicle. This can be used to hold two helmets. The C 650 GT has a stowage space of about 60 liters in the tail for taking two helmets and other utilities.

The C 600 Sport’s windshield adjusts mechanically by hand. The C 600 GT’s comes with a larger windshield that’s powered.

The sport model has a seat positioned for extremely active riding, made possible by the arrangement of the foot boards, seat, and handlebar in an ergonomic triangle. The C 650 GT, on the other hand, allows the rider and passenger to adopt a more relaxed sitting posture on a larger, more comfortable seat. The touring model also has an adjustable backrest for the rider in conjunction with a higher handlebar and comfortable floor boards in lieu of separate footrests for the passenger.

The C 600 Sport will be available in cosmic blue metallic matt, titanium silver metallic, or sapphire black metallic.

The C 650 GT will be available in sapphire black metallic, platinum bronze metallic, or vermilion red metallic.

Posted by Arlo Redwine