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We reserve judgment until we get a "final" spec bike for testing stateside. For more casual riders out to play, the X's overall handling is good and the bike is fun to ride.
It is part dual-sport, after all. But several questions remain, and the first is price. With the dwindling value of the dollar, that figure won't likely be set until close to the bike's expected fall release.
In the end, this is a solid ride that uses non-traditional methods to get the "dirty" job done, and it performs on a level that is competitive with traditional platforms. At this point, though, it doesn't work any better than the conventional offerings, so the GX's defining factor is its uniqueness, a trait that will make people stare, question and converse. But make no mistake, the BMW dirtbike has arrived!
The constant mesh five-speed gear — standard throughout the series — was widely staggered for optimum connections in racing. The primary coupling sits directly on the crankshaft and is configured as a wet clutch with a clutch diaphragm. In contast to conventional concepts, the BMW G X clutch is considerably more compact and has a smaller diameter with the same number of discs. Contrary to the conventional geared-down clutches, this is possibe because the clutch only needs to transmit a correspondingly reduced torque on the transmission input shaft.
The clutch is operated by a cable. The engine is fed with oil by a wet sump lubrication system. Two oil pumps, a pressure pump and a suction pump use the same volumes of oil to lubricate the gearbox and the crankshaft. The two integrated oil sieves and oil filter are easy to access from the left side of the engine for replacement. The volume of oil of approximately one litre can be checked via an inspection glass.
An intermediate shaft with integrated ventilation function transfers the power from the crankshaft to the gearbox and means that the crankshaft of the G X engine turns backwards. The cylinder is tilted forward by approximately 30 degrees, enabling the centre of gravity to be moved in the direction of the front wheel thereby benefitting the suspension. A further advantage of tilting the cylinder is the creation of space for the intake air ducting that can now come vertically from above and virtually straight, promoting optimum performance.
An automatic decompression function with a centrifugal force valve lifter reduces the power demanded by the starter. Even when the machine has to travel for longer periods at higher revs in difficult and slow off-road sections, the engine is never excessively thermally loaded thanks to its large-volume, single-piece water cooler.
A fan designed for the series behind the cooler provides sufficient air flow rate at low flow speeds. The series exhaust system is made of stainless steel and the catalytic converter is fitted in the silencer absorption silencer.
Despite the powerful alternator and electric starter, the high-performance engine of the BMW G X weighs no more than the aggregate of competitor motorcycles less than 30 kilogrammes.
The exact power and torque data are not yet fixed. The chassis of the BMW G X is a completely new development that uses selected high-quality components and materials. The years of enduro experience of BMW Motorrad flowed into the development of the chassis. The main consideration in the geometry and overall configuration of the chassis was to meet the especially high demands of off-road racing. The results are excellent properties in terrain with ease of handling, great manoeuvrability and extreme tracking stability.
The frame layout is based on the experiences of the development engineers, the know-how from competitive racing and attendant research and development work. The knowledge gained from earlier rally sport activities was also incorporated. The four-valve cylinder head incorporates finger followers for the intake cam and direct shim-under-bucket actuation for the exhaust valves, a la the four-cylinder KS The frame design and compact engine allow the cylinder to be tilted forward 30 degrees, creating a larger area above the powerplant for the airbox and dual-throttle-valve fuel-injection—an enduro first—as well as giving the intake tract a straighter shot down into the combustion chamber.
The injection is a closed-loop system and uses an oxygen sensor and three-way catalytic converter to allow the X to pass Euro III on-road emissions standards.
The airbox displaced the fuel tank, so the 2. The very nature of the bike and its different technical path make it pretty evident that even though off-road specialist Husqvarna is now owned by BMW, the Germans pretty much did the whole job of development of the GX. And they intend to keep the brands quite separate, with Huskys still developed in Italy, and BMW doing its thing in Germany, although technology will be shared. Journalists' first ride on the bike was just outside of Malaga, Spain, where BMW set up a few hardcore off-road courses.
Conditions were similar to what is found in Southern California, and the terrain was anything but smooth. Lots of rocks, rain grooves and bumps were accented by changing types of dirt. Props to BMW for letting us loose in tough, real-world conditions, perfect for putting the new Beemer through the wringer The demanding terrain meant this new BMW would really have to work to make a good impression.
I was changing suspension settings for the better part of the day to get the X into its handling sweet spot. The GX does not ride the same as a traditional enduro. The feel is similar, yes, but the bike takes some getting used to. For example, fitting the fuel tank under the seat both elevates the rear end and makes the back of the bike feel a little large. In contrast, the center of the bike toward the front of the seat is very natural-feeling and narrow.
The radiator shrouds are comfortable, with no weird projections that would snag or rub my legs. While its claimed dry weight is pounds, a few pounds under that of the street-legal competition, the X feels about average in steering response and flickability.
Normal body input yields expected chassis movement and response. The bike handled best when ridden standing up, as if I was attacking obstacles in a trials-like position. But with the shock set stiff enough to work properly, the rear end sits up too high, furthering the "stinkbug" feel brought on by the underseat fuel tank.
This makes overall chassis attitude more tipped-forward feeling than the Japanese enduro competition.
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In the main part it consists of thin walled, but high-strength stainless steel precision tubes and is welded to the node points with forged parts deployed for the purpose. Thanks to the patented coaxial mounting of the swing arm and drive chain pinion plus a wheelbase at competition level, the swing arm is 30 mm longer, markedly improving the traction properties. Due to the extreme range of use, the trials of the G X were extremely complex and totally new paths had to be taken in some areas. The series exhaust system is made of stainless steel and the catalytic converter is fitted in the silencer absorption silencer.
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