A slightly tangential evolution of the F650GS, the BMW G650X XChallenge was arguably the German firm’s most dedicated off-roader. With help from Aprilia and an engine from Rotax, the XChallenge (pronounce Cross Challenge) was defined as a “hard enduro”, whatever that means. Today we’ve got an example that’s been beautifully modified for serious dual-sporting adventures.
The Rotax engine is a 650cc single, a re-worked, refined example of what used to power the popular F650. BMW was able to save 4 pounds of weight from the engine and bump up output to 53 horsepower and 44 ft-lb of torque. You got plenty of spring travel and optional ABS that could be turned off with a button. The only complaint people really had with this bike was the rear air shock, which nearly everyone replaced with an aftermarket spring.
This specific BMW G650 XChallenge is a one owner bike that comes with hard luggage, 2.5 sets of wheels, Excel wheels from Woody’s, a fuel injector from an Audi TT, suede Renazco Racing seat, Leo Vince pipe and a Wilbers rear shock. Oh, and there’s plenty of Touratech parts all over the place, including the distinctive headlight setup. This bike truly has all you need for some fun in the dirt. I know most people like starting with a stock bike so they can modify to their pleasure, but this bike just seems like a fantastic way to get a jump start. All the modifications make sense and clearly have had some thought behind them.
Find this BMW G650X XChallenge for sale here on ADVRider (registration required) for $7,000 in Marshfield, Vermont.