Last week BMW announced its July sales numbers for motorcycles in the US market. Their sales growth continues, with sales up +31.1% over last year. While BMW’s flagship advenutre bikes, the R 1200 GS and F 800 GS, led the charge in sales, there was one very interesting tidbit in the press release:
…demand for the C 650 GT maxi-scooter continues to outstrip supply.
Scooter sales specifics have been lacking in BMW’s official sales disclosures, which has left us wondering if Motorrad’s aspirations to re-invent the scooter market was paying off, or if these sport bikes shaped like scooters were failing miserably in the marketplace. Turns out the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT have in fact been selling like proverbial hot cakes. We reached out to our sources at BMW and they confirmed that sales have indeed been brisk.
Sources confirm that the C 650 GT is the better seller of the two, but both bikes are selling so well that people don’t even seem to be picky about what color they can get. Of the three colors available for each model, the take rate is more or less dead even across all six. Demand has been strong since the bikes debuted late last year and shows no signs of letting up yet.
The preference for the C 650 GT is not surprising to us here at ScooterFile. Given that most scooterists see larger scooters as touring machines, the touring version of the C-series is the obvious favorite. Yet when both Eric and myself spent time with both BMW scooters last year, we both preferred the C 600 Sport for its expanding storage, more comfortable seating position, and performance focus. To each their own. You can see my first impressions here, and Eric’s long-term review here.
What do you folks think? Any BMW C-series owners out there? We’d love to hear about your experience with your bike.