A few years ago when I got back into motorcycling after a short hiatus, changing jobs, moving around, having kids, not having any money, I jumped back into it. I wanted to get a BMW Dakar, which was no longer being produced by BMW. Atlantic Motoplex in Moncton however had a nice 2006 preowned model for sale. Of course I waited a week too long in getting an offer in, and it went to another loving home. I was then planning on getting a G650 X-Challenge. Loved that bike.
Ok lets get an X-Challenge. Sorry BMW is not making them in the new year, the new 800GS is coming out. Well the 800GS was out of my price range, so I ended up settling with a X-Country. Mistake number one.
It was a good bike, but it was physically too small for me, the gas tank was puny, and the aftermarket accessories were hard to find, compared to a Dakar. I did love the single-cylinder fuel injected engine. Lots of torque and good power.
Some of you are saying, why didn't you get a KLR, it's cheaper and a bigger bike. Well, I know that, it's a great machine, but it just doesn't speak to me for some reason.
Enter the BMW Sertao, or a new name for the old Dakar, with some cosmetic changes, a slightly smaller fuel tank, but basically the same bike that was so ever popular.
At just over $10K Canadian it's not cheap, you can almost buy two KLR's for the price. Is it worth it. Depends on who you ask. If you think fuel-injection, more power, better fuel economy, switchable ABS, heated grips, etc is worth it, then yes. Like I said the KLR is a great motorcycle at a great price, it has basically remained unchanged for years, like the Sertao/Dakar. It comes down to the individual and what they see as value for the money and personal taste.
I like the Sertao, like it a lot, ever since it was reintroduced. I was a little disappointed that BMW never had one to demo at the Fundy Adventure Rally.
The bike gets mostly good reviews, and I think it all depends on what you want to do with it. Adventure touring, logging/fire roads, easy ATV trails is where I think this bike is in it's element. Definitely not tight, rough singe track, or long runs down a 75mph freeway. It can be done, just not comfortably I think. My old X-Country wasn't a great highway cruiser.
Right now I have to decide on where the majority of my riding is going to be. The Strom is great on the highway, super comfortable and fast. Gravel roads, it's good, but I just feel like the old girl is getting pounded when the road gets rough. Seriously how much highway riding do I do......not much right now. I would ride more logging and ATV trails if I had the right bike. Plus the strom is so big and heavy that I am now missing something lighter and easier to manage.
So....question is, two bikes, or one do it all? Space in my garage is getting limited. Two bikes....double the insurance, registration, and maintenance. However I can keep the Strom and get a new CRF250L for the same price as a Sertao.
So what would I do to a Sertao if I bought one? Let's face it, one has to farkle ones bike, we can't leave it stock, thats a no no.
Touring windshield that is adjustable is a must, then luggage. I think I'd just move my Wolfman tankbag over, then get a Giant Loop softbag by Great Basin. Wider footpegs and maybe a seat upgrade, if the Sertao seat is like the other torture devices designed by BMW.
Unlike my other motorcycle purchases that have been, shall we say, a little spontaneous and not too well thought out, I'm gonna wait til spring this time. Unless I happen to be going by Motoplex in a buying mood.
"honey, I just bought a new bike.......it's smaller, cheaper on insurance, and has a three year warranty.....hello, hello." I might be spending the winter sleeping in the trailer. That new heated jacket may come in handy.
|Type||Water-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke engine, four valves, two overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication|
|Bore x stroke||100 mm x 83 mm|
|Rated output||35 kW (48 hp) at 6,500 rpm (output reduction to 25 kW (34 hp) at 6,500 rpm possible)|
|Max. torque||60 Nm at 5,000 rpm (with output reduction: 47 Nm at 4,500 rpm)|
|Compression ratio||11.5 : 1|
|Mixture control / engine management||Electronic intake pipe injection / BMW engine management, twin-spark ignition|
|Emission control||Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3|
|Performance / fuel consumption|
|Maximum speed||approx. 170 km/h (with output reduction: approx. 145 km/h)|
|Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h||3.2 l|
|Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h||4.3 l|
|Fuel type||Unleaded regular, minimum octane rating 91 (RON) |
|Alternator||three-phase alternator 400 W |
|Battery||12 V / 12 Ah|
|Clutch||Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated|
|Gearbox||Constant mesh 5-speed gearbox integrated into crankcase|
|Drive||Endless O-ring chain with shock damping in rear wheel hub|
|Chassis / brakes|
|Frame||Bridge-type steel section frame with bolted-on rear section|
|Front wheel location / suspension||Telescopic fork, Ø 41 mm, fork stabiliser|
|Rear wheel location / suspension||Box-section steel dual swing arm, central spring strut operated by lever system, spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable|
|Suspension travel front / rear||210 mm / 210 mm|
|Steering head angle||61,9°|
|Wheels||Wire spoke wheels|
|Rim, front||1,60 x 21"|
|Rim, rear||3,00 x 17"|
|Tyres, front||90/90 R21 54S|
|Tyres, rear||130/80 R17 65S|
|Brake, front||Floating single disc, diameter 300 mm, double-piston floating caliper|
|Brake, rear||Single disc, diameter 240 mm, single-piston floating caliper|
|Dimensions / weights|
|Width (incl. mirrors)||920 mm|
|Height (excl. mirrors)||1,440 mm|
|Seat height, unladen weight||860 mm (high seat: 900 mm (special accessory))|
|Inner leg curve, unladen weight||1.770 mm (lowered suspension: 1.710 mm, high seat: 1.850 mm)|
|Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 2)||193 kg|
|Dry weight 3)||177 kg|
|Permitted total weight||380 kg|
|Payload (with standard equipment)||187 kg|
|Usable tank volume||14,0 l|
|Reserve||ca. 4,0 l|