For 2016, BMW have updated both of its petrol-powered scooter offerings. We’ve already shared the extensive redesign of the C650 Sport here on ScooterFile, but what about the C650 GT? While the GT saw fewer changes overall than the Sport, it inherits a laundry list of under-the-skin updates from its revamped sibling.
In particular, the 2016 BMW C650 GT features the same upgraded suspension. With more than 4″ of suspension travel, this new suspension provides upgraded dampening that (according to BMW) will provide a more comfortable ride without compromising the C650 GT’s handling capabilities.
ABS and ASC (Traction Control) as standard
Like the 2016 BMW C650 Sport, the C650 GT will also boast the addition of ASC (traction control) to its already standard ABS. With the ride-by-wire throttle control system in place to support both ABS and ASC, we’re surprised that BMW didn’t include cruise control on the C650 GT, given its touring positioning within the C-series lineup. We can only speculate, but don’t be shocked to see cruise control show up on the C650 GT in the next few years as an incentive option for the new model year.
In addition to ASC, BMW has added a segment first to the C650 GT: Side View Assist (SVA). This is a feature we’ve been seeing from more and more automobile manufacturers, but this is certainly the first time we’ve seen it in a scooter. SVA warns you when there’s a vehicle in your “blind spot” to help prevent you from changing lanes when there’s another vehicle present.
Editor’s note: Color me skeptical on this particular feature. While technically any rear view mirror system is going to have blind spots, all riders should be doing full head checks into the adjacent lane before maneuvering. No electronic system is going to be a good substitute for this. Could this system assist? Possibly, and we’ll hold out judgement until we experience the system for ourselves, but we’re skeptical for now.
Tweaked body lines and new colors
Where the C650 Sport saw an extensive exterior overhaul, the updates to the C650 GT are far more subtle. At first glance, it looks like exactly the same scooter, despite a handful of new details. New colors include Blackstorm metallic, Frozen Bronze metallic, and Lightwhite non-metallic.
Still a big scooter contender
The BMW C-series scooters remain highly price-competitive against their Japanese rivals — namely the Honda Silverwing, Yamaha TMAX and Suzuki Burgman. Creature comforts abound and then there’s the prestige (or baggage, depending on your outlook) of that BMW badge. In its first generation, the C-Series scooters were a landslide sales success for BMW, even outpacing production at one point. There are also rumors that BMW will expand the C-Series with a midsize scooter in the 350cc range.