To celebrate the arrival of BMW's new G650GS Sertao, the guys at Touratech have just completed a bike build project, turning their Sertao into a round the world ready explorer.
The Sertao is the latest iteration in a long line of reliable 650cc single cylinder adventure bikes from BMW. The first of which was the F650GS Dakar, which had a 21-inch spoke front wheel, long-travel suspension and excellent fuel range. It was the choice of many motorcycle travelers including world record setting adventurer, Lisa Thomas, who has logged nearly 200,000 miles while visiting 73 countries over the last eight years.
For the last few years, BMW offered their 650 single cylinder bike with pavement oriented mag wheels and a less adventure-ready suspension configuration. BMW listened to the desires of the adventure community and has created a machine with an appetite for off-road travel, and in a size and price point well below that of its bigger twin cylinder brothers, the F800GS and R1200GS. For 2012, BMW has delivered adventure riders a proper 650cc adventure machine, the G650GS Sertao.
Touratech is celebrating the arrival of this exciting new machine by building a Sertao project bike. We've added ergonomic upgrades, bolted on the essential protection items and given it luggage solutions that enable the bike to hit the road for extended travel.
We put this video together to highlight the build and to share our first impressions after getting it dirty in the backcountry.