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BMW is pleased to announce the latest BMW Motorrad models presented at the international motorcycle and accessory show (EICMA) in Milan, Italy:
World premiere of the all-new C600 Sport and C650GT maxi scooters
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There have been drastic changes in the requirements for individual mobility concepts, specifically for urban mobility. Future challenges facing inner city traffic will be growing traffic volume, rising energy costs, and greater CO2 regulations.
The BMW Group has recognized these challenges and is developing solutions for the mobility needs of today and tomorrow. In this context, BMW Motorrad, as an integral part of the BMW Group, is expanding its business activities to include urban mobility.
Among its first offerings in this sector, BMW Motorrad will be presenting two premium vehicles in the maxi scooter segment. The BMW C 600 Sport and the BMW C 650 GT combine the outstanding riding properties of a motorcycle with the precise agility and conceptual comfort of a scooter for a new kind of dynamic riding experience.
2. Two Models for Sports and Touring
The differing characteristics of the concepts behind these two maxi scooters appeal to a wide target group: the C 600 Sport for riders with sporty ambitions and the C 650 GT for customers seeking greater comfort and touring ability.
Irrespective of their differing concepts, the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT present the unique design language of BMW Motorrad, setting new standards in this category, as well. Modern and dynamic, they are the perfect examples of the BMW Motorrad design philosophy.
3. Built in Germany
Like all BMW motorcycles, the new maxi scooters will be built at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin.
4. Engine and Transmission
The two-cylinder inline engine of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT is an all-new development by BMW Motorrad with a displacement of 647 cc. In both models, its rated power output is 60 hp at 7,500 rpm, and its maximum torque of 49 ft/lb is available at 6,000 rpm. The power is transferred via a directly integrated CVT, or continuously variable transmission. The engine owes its low position and low center of gravity to its cylinder bank, which is inclined to the front through 70�. The characteristic sound and low vibration levels are the result of the 90� crank pin offset, 270� 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 two-cylinder engine. The exhaust system is made completely of stainless steel and complies with motorcycle specifications. Fitted with a closed loop catalytic converter and an oxygen sensor, the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT fulfill the future Euro-4 emission limits.
One objective in the development of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT was to combine directional stability at high speeds with agile handling in city traffic and clear feedback to the rider � just like a motorcycle.
Accordingly, 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 diecast aluminum unit at the swing arm bearing. In addition, the two-cylinder inline engine functions as a bearing element, presenting a particularly rigid construction for stable and high precision response. Riding stability is enhanced by the bearing for the cast light-alloy single swing arm with coaxial center of rotation. Also, the suspension is designed to provide an engaging, comfortable ride. At the front, an upside down fork presents a generous diameter of 1.57 inches (40 mm). The rear end presents an angled spring strut on the left side. The spring travels are each 4.5 inches, as also commonly seen in street motorcycles. The tire widths and cross sections of the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT are aligned to motorcycle dimensions.
The new C 600 Sport and C 650 GT are fitted with a powerful braking system consisting of a two-rotor disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear, each 10.6 inches (270 mm) in diameter. The standard BMW Motorrad ABS ensures maximum possible safety.
7. Instrument Cluster
The instrument cluster of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT presents a large, easily readable LCD display with integrated engine speed readout and an analogue speedometer. The instrument cluster offers considerably more functions than usual in this vehicle class.
8. Expandable Storage
The FlexCase for the C 600 Sport is an innovative storage space concept. A flap in the rear section base under the seat enlarges the storage space when the motorcycle is parked. This can be used, for example, to hold two helmets.