According to the seller, this BMW is ready for a “round the world adventure ride” for those of you that think of a R1200GS is just too big for true adventuring.
The Xchallenge was one of three “X” bikes BMW produced on the 650cc Rotax motor also utilized in the F650-series bikes. There was the Xmoto (supermoto), Xcountry (a dual-sport/scrambler) and the Xchallenge, (a dual-sport/enduro). The last option (pronounced “Cross Challenge”) was one of the most competent off-road machines BMW has ever produced. 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.
The seller acquired this example in stock condition and then proceeded to throw all kinds of parts on it. Highlights include an extra large (almost 5 gallon) fuel tank, extra lighting, Scotts steering stabilizer, heated grips, Ohlins shock to replace the air shock, Marzocchi forks, giant skid plate with integrated toolbox, Seat Concepts seat, Galfer brake lines, SW-Motech crash bars, Leo Vince exhaust…the list goes on and on. 2,000 miles ago the bike got an oil change, brake fluid flush, new chain, sprockets and new bushings in the cush drive. It’s got 25,300 miles and I’m sure it’s got plenty of stories as well. There’s scratches in the plastic and some metal parts as you’d expect from a bike like this, and the sale include all original parts as well as some luggage and spare parts.
Find this Xchallenge for sale here on Craigslist in Kernville, California for $5,995.
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