The 2016 BMW C 650 Sport is one of two maxi-scooters from the Bavarian bike manufacturer. With the other one being a ‘GT’ touring-oriented scooter, this one is very much a sporty weapon of fun. From the looks to performance and electronics to handling, everything is geared towards pure riding enjoyment.
For a maxi-scooter, the 2016 BMW C 650 Sport looks deceptively small and light. It’s not though: 249kg and an overall length of over 2m make this a bit of a lump to manoeuvre around (although once I figured out that leaving the sidestand down activates a handbrake, things got easier)!
The 2016 BMW C 650 Sport is powered by a 650cc, two-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, pumping out a claimed 60bhp. And as you ride it, you can feel the power: the scooter accelerates enthusiastically and the CVT gearbox is so smooth you can hardly feel the gears changing at all. Best of all, the engine is brilliant at keeping the gears and revs just right.
With some automatic transmission systems you feel like the gears are a bit high and the revs low, leaving you wanting for more urgency from the motor. Not this one: whether in town, twisties or out on the open road the sweet spot of the power band always seems to be there when you need it. And because the engine is so capable, overtaking is no problem even at higher speeds.
The 2016 BMW C 650 Sport has also got the fuelling and throttle response spot-on. You can wind the throttle open and snatch it shut without the scooter lurching or jumping. That’s not to say that the throttle is unresponsive though; on the contrary, the response is almost instant, but smooth and gradual. It makes riding this machine easy and fun.
There are no ride modes but traction control and ABS are on all the time, and the overall feel with rider aids is rather stripped back. And that’s just perfect for this scooter. It’s fast, simple and fun – all you need in a sporty maxi-scooter.
|The 2016 BMW C 650 Sport is sleek, capable and fun – all you need in a sporty maxi-scooter|
The riding position is comfortable, with the big sculpted seat keeping you firmly in place. There’s plenty of legroom, and you can either have your feet flat on the footboards or slightly forward, depending on how you like to ride. The suspension is pleasantly firm, keeping the scoot under control even through fast and bumpy corners. The rear shock is preload adjustable, but for me the factory setting was fine. If you’re carrying a pillion, you might want to add a click or two of preload.
With the traction control and ABS constantly on, you can be quite liberal with the throttle and the brakes. The ABS system works well, without being too intrusive, and the few times that I tested the brakes the wheels locked for a fraction of a second before releasing again.
The 2016 BMW C 650 Sport is certainly a tempting option if you’re looking for a sporty maxi-scooter. The performance levels are great and riding comfort plentiful, so if you are a high-mileage commuter or want the power to attack faster roads, this might be the scooter for you. At just under 10k it’s a pricey one, but it will put a smile on your face.
2016 BMW C 650 Sport Specifications and Price
Engine : 4-Stroke, Parallel Twin Engine, DOHC 4-Valve per Cylinder, Liquid Cooled
Bore x Stroke : 79 x 66 mm
Capacity : 647 cc
Compression Ratio : 11.6 : 1
Induction : Electronic Fuel Injection
Power : 60 BHP @ 7.500 RPM (claimed)
Torque : 63 N.m @ 6.000 RPM (claimed)
Dimensions LxWxH : 2.154 x 877 x 1.378 mm
Wheelbase : 1.591 mm
Seat Height : 800 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity : 16 Litres
Weight : 249 kg (wet, claimed)
Frame : Tubular Steel, with Die-cast Aluminum Sections
Front Suspension : 40mm Upside Down Fork
Rear Suspension : Single-sided Swingarm
Front Brakes : 2 x 270mm Floating Discs, with 2-piston Caliper, BMW ABS
Rear Brakes : Single 270mm Disc, with 2-piston Caliper, BMW ABS
Front Tyre : 120/70 – ZR15
Rear Tyre : 160/60 – ZR15
Price : £9600