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Yeah, it's a bit out there, but I'm curious if any one has ridden them off-road or even owns one. I'm pretty interested so I can get some dirt-riding under my belt, and so far, at least to the folks on ADVRider, it's a pretty good dual-sport. But, you know how (us) BMW folks tend to gloss over the bad bits at times. The '03 GT I have is not remotely interested in any roadway that doesn't have continuous asphalt or concrete.



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I have one and I'm really happy with it. There are some known minor issues such as the air shock rubbing on the mudflap, stalling on cold starts and small gas tank.

On the plus side it gets great fuel mileage, I regularly get under 4 litres per 100km. I strap aux fuel on my rear rack and in my tank panniers and can now have a range of 500kms. I'm no dirt expert but it does everything I need it to do. I plan to change the stock exhaust this winter and get a set of 17" rims for commuting and track days.
 

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I've got one, in addition to a GT. Bought it to go on dirt, logging, and fire roads that the GT is not interested in. For this it works great, nice power, suspension, but small tank. Due to the small tank, lack of wind protection, best suited for local riding only - for me anyway. I've enjoyed it, brings me back to a kid riding fields, trails, sometimes dirt roads with an unlicensed good old Suzuki TS125.
 

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Florian said:
The Rotax motor is on the F bikes, the G bikes have the Kymco.


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Tried to be nice when I said I am sure they are Rotax, when I know for a fact they are Rotax. Since you persist with your ignorance read the following taken from Cycle Canada - and found in numerous like publications at the time:

The $9,890 Challenge is one of three 652 cc single-cylinder models BMW introduced last year. The bikes were developed as part of BMW’s aggressive campaign to entice new, younger customers to the brand. Its 100 x 83 mm Rotax-built liquid-cooled engine produces a very respectable 53 hp at 7,000 rpm and a muscular 44.2 lb-ft of torque at 5,250 rpm. Electronic fuel injection sets it apart from the majority of bikes in the category, and allows it to perform well in a wider range of temperatures, as well as at higher elevations.

G-series BMWs were designed in collaboration with Aprilia and are manufactured in Aprilia’s Scorzè plant in northern Italy, with engines coming from Austrian engine-maker Rotax.
 

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Kind of understandable. BMW confuzzling us again.

For example, K1200GT. One model name, totally different bikes depending on the year (2003-2005 vs. 2006 +)
Or, the F650GS. Used to be a single, now it's a de-tuned 800cc twin motor. The G650GS is a single 650. THAT one just may be one built with the Kymco motor. BMW is supposed to be getting engines built in China, but it may take a 3D cross-reference chart to figure out which one has what motor.
Hopefully, it's not the same company that had been supplying the bearings for the final drives.



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Love the XChallenge

I have a XChallenge and use it for tight woods riding, fire trails, sandy seasonal road exploring and will use it for light duty touring in the spring. To overcome the lack of fuel I will add tank panniers from Wolfman and add 3 gal. fuel bladders on each side. I have a Renazco seat being built as we speak. I also added a Spitfire windscreen last week for some wind protection. I traded this bike to my dealer mid summer and missed it so much I bought it back (for less than what I traded it in for) two weeks ago. I am so happy to have it back. It is truly a DS bike but is capable of managing difficult terrain challenges when it is asked to. I can't ride the pace I can on my KX 250 in the woods but I can't ride the KX to interesting "un-explored" places. I am fortunate to have a couple of bikes in the garage. However, if I could only have one machine it would be the XChallenge. I love the versatility. I actually like it more as an adventure bike than any of the R-GS's I've owned in the past. I am not implying that this machine would be a comfortable mile muncher. But for an adventure machine that spends as much time in the dirt (or more) as it does on the road - I love it.

BTW - the motor is absolutely made by ROTAX.
 

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I guess I should have added to the original post that I'm looking to get one. The main concern, outside of my inexperiance at off-road riding, is electrical. It's got a 280 watt alternator, and I can't find out if it has heated grips or what the nominal electrical load is, so that I can figure out how much lighting I can add (two HID lights, fog and driving) and a 70 watt Gerbings jacket. HID because it's 35 watts vs. 55 watts (or more) for lamps. Could even change out the low beam for HID and save 20 watts there. Maybe the 400 watt alternator from the 800 series will fit, too...just don't know.

May just have to think differently. I'm spoiled with the 840 watt alternator on the K1200 GT, obviously :D



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