2009 BMW 450 DUAL SPORT (Street Legal Enduro)360 miles, dealer maintained,carefully ridden by one AARP owner. Thebike is practically new; the only exception being minor scrape to the leftmirror and hand guard (see last photo). Thebike was just inspected and serviced by my local BWM dealer: 600 mile service was done, all fluids have been changedand new battery installed 2/27/16. (See invoice with photos) Upgradesinclude Yoshimura exhaust with re-mapped power plug for increased low andmid-range. Also included is Safari longrange fuel tank (still in box). Thereare not many of these around in this condition. The bike with upgrades was close to $11K and can be yours for less thanhalf ! Here is review from2009:If you were gambling man, you??™d have laidmoney on BMW??™s first-ever production enduro race bike being quirky andinteresting but ultimately uncompetitive. After all, entering whole newsegment of the market against established competition, on bike that followsBMW??™s mantra of offering bikes with unusual and often odd engineering lookslike recipe for disappointment. Especially when you throw in to the mix thatthe bike uses an engine designed by BMW but built by Kymco in Taiwan.Even though pre-production race bikes thatMCN tested were truly potent, there was always an inkling the production bikewould be less capable, sanitized machine. Well, it??™s not. The new BMW G450Xis genuinely fast enduro bike that??™s even more race-focused than its slightlysofter Japanese rivals. It??™s direct threat to the king of real enduro racebikes, KTM.Yes, the BMW has some radical newengineering which gives it feel all of its own. But it??™s as light as itsrivals, as powerful, costs the same and actually feels more nimble. And unlikeother off-road race bikes, has BMW??™s 24-month warranty just like its road bike siblings.But be warned: this isn??™t nice Sundaygreen lane toy for owners of BMW??™s mighty R1200GS looking for something alittle less lardy. It??™s road-legal race bike that takes proper setting up toget the best out of it, thanks to its whole raft of new technical innovations.The first of these is the seemingly unlikelykey to the whole bike??™s performance, and that??™s the position of the swingarmpivot. The knock-on effect of this is huge. The revolutionary design of the 450 X??™s frame and swingarm place the pivotpoint and drive sprocket along the same axle line.??“ The swingarm pivots on the same axis asthe gearbox sprocket, so as the suspension moves through its arc the chaintension is constant, unlike on normal bikes. This means that the suspensionisn??™t affected by how hard you are on the gas, which leads to better traction.??“ This pivot point demands the swingarm is30mm longer than on conventional bike, which aids stability.??“ It also means the engine has to be furtherback, so it??™s closer to the centre of gravity of the bike. This masscentralisation makes the G450X easier to flick around.??“ Having the engine so far back meansthere??™s plenty of room to have the cylinder more laid down rather than almostvertical. Laying the cylinder down means the intake from the fuel injection canbe vertically downwards from under where the fuel tank usually would be. So theintake tract is straight, and the airbox is in place of conventional fueltank. This makes changing air filters breeze, and makes the bike lessdrownable in deep river crossings.??“ The laid-down, rear-set engine allows theframe to be more compact and, therefore, stiffer.??“ And to make the bike even more flickable,the crank spins backwards. Crank inertia has huge effect on how quickly abike turns into corners, so by having the engine spinning the ???wrong??? way, theinertia helps the bike change direction.But all this techno wizardry would count fornothing if the bike just didn??™t work well. Fortunately it does. The bike feelslighter, slimmer and more nimble than any other 450. It turns well and holds atight line ??“ as long as you get the bike set up precisely. The rear suspensiondoesn??™t use linkage, but has the shock bolted directly between the frame andswingarm. The suspension is progessive, thanks to clever shock internals in theOhlins shock. Well, not that clever. The linkless system was pioneered byOhlins for KTM almost decade ago. But quite quickly KTM bought suspension firmWP, and development on linkless shocks has been pioneered by WP.The Ohlins is supple and soaks up bumpswell, but must be carefully set up with 110mm of sag with rider on board, and40mm of free sag. If you don??™t get this right, handling suffers. The BMW enduro sports 260mm disc with two-piston caliper up front.The front end of the bike has 45mm Marzocchiforks that use old-school technology abandoned by the Japanese and KTM fewyears ago in favour of sealed-cartridge systems and 47mm legs. The dampingisn??™t as good, and they are definitely more flexible, which is usually badthing. But on the BMW, the frame is so stiff that having some flex in the forksis good and they work well. Not fantastic, especially compared to thesuper-nimble handling and light feel of the bike, but raceable in standardtrim.The engine, though, is not race-ready. Tomake it completely road legal and compliant with the tough Euro emissionslegislation, it comes with catalytic converter and is electronically limitedto 41bhp to keep the noise down. The Akropovic titanium racing exhaust manifold emits throaty rumble.For competition use, you simply plug in anew electronic gizmo that comes with the owner??™s manual, and toss the lardytailpipe for BMW??™s aftermarket Akrapovic in sexy, light titanium. It sheds 5-lboff the weight and adds huge 10bhp. Not only that, it actually makes the bikesmoother right through the rev range. You get the feeling there won??™t be asingle BMW G450X on the planet that retains its standard silencer. In this???race??? form, the motor is torquey and feels as powerful as anything on themarket. It may not quite have the smoothness of the legendary KTM engine, butit??™s pretty close.As for the details, the Brembo brakes aregood, the plastic is top-quality Acerbis and the tires are top-qualityMichelin. The fuel tank is under the seat, which is accessed by rubber bungtowards the rear of the seat. It looks vunerable but BMW claims they never fallout. Despite throwing the bike down several times on hilly, rocky terrain, itstayed put. Whether you??™d put money on it staying there while handlebar deep ina Welsh mud bog is another thing. Try before you buy You will be able to try the new BMW G450X before you buy on amazing trails inthe Spanish mountains near Malaga,led by seven-times world enduro champion Kari Tiainen.Tiainen, who helped develop the G450X,offers riding trips in the mountains of southern Spain and will be getting the firstsupplies of BMW??™s new enduro bikes. Finnish hard-man Tiainen, 41, is Dakar regular but tailorshis trips to the skill and experience level of the riders. No prices have yetbeen announced, but you can reserve dates by going to www.karitiainen.com.SpecsBMW G450X Cost: ??5599 ($8,198 US) Power: 41bhp (51bhp with optional silencer) Torque: 42.8Nm (44Nm with optional silencer) Weight: 111kg (244.7 lbs.) Fuel capacity: litres (2.11 gal.) Engine: 449.5cc (98 59.6mm) liquid-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder. Keihinfuel injection. Five gears. Chain final drive. Chassis: Stainless steel tube frame, removable aluminium sub-frame. Suspension: 45mm upside-down telescopic forks, adjustable for compression andrebound damping. Single rear shock adjustable for pre-load, compression andrebound damping. Brakes: 260mm disc with two-piston caliper. 220mm rear disc with single-pistoncaliper. Tires: Michelin 90/90 21 front, 140/80 18 rear.
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