The seller of this bike owns two examples of the G450X, and he or she only put miles on one of them. That’s why this bike has just 2 miles, has never been ridden, and is probably the closest thing to a new BMW G450X that you’ll ever find. The question is…does that matter?
The G450X was BMW’s only attempt to take on the 450 race-capable enduro market and a natural result of their acquisition of Husqvarna. It was also quite different than the competition at the time, with fuel injection, a countershaft sprocket that was mounted on the swingarm pivot (chain tension stays the same throughout the suspension stroke but changing the front sprocket requires you to pull the swingarm), gas tank under the seat, and a clutch that’s mounted on the crankshaft (spins about 3 times faster than a normal clutch). Some things worked, some things didn’t, but BMW really stood out with a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty – blowing away any offering from Yamaha, KTM, or Honda. While the warranty won’t apply to this bike, I wonder if this will be a rare occurrence when someone buys a 9 year old bike with 2 miles and then actually rides it. It’s not like the G450X is particularly valuable – maybe decades from now people will think it’s worth something because it was the one time BMW tried to build a proper dirt bike? Otherwise, it’s just a capable dual sport that could be an excellent platform for lightweight ADV bike. Is the TransAmerica Trail calling your name?
For more on the G450X, check out this First Ride from Cycle World. There’s not much to say about this still new example, though the sale includes the owner’s manual, tool kit, and a new-in-box Leo Vince exhaust. Find this G450X for sale in New Jersey for $4,600 here on ADVRider (registration required)