Since 1993, BMW Motorrad has a solid tradition of offering to its customers the F650 series with many variations. They adapt it to a large variety of customer's needs.
Following this logic, in 2001, they decided to take a dare with the same series and use it to join the naked sector.
For this operation the Italian Aprilia was contacted to provide logistical support. The BMW entrusted the project to the american vehicle designer David Robb. He presented an innovative bike for the era, with a visionary design for the new bikers generation.
The new F650 CS Scarver, equipped with a 652 cc single-cylinder engine controlled by a five-speed gearbox and combined with a toothed belt, was really something new . This solution, adopted for the first time by BMW, guarantees several advantages, such as: reduced maintenance, quiet motor and longer lifespan of the distribution chain.
Capable of delivering the power of 50 hp with 62 Nm of torque, the engine was able to push the Scarver from 0 to 100 km / h in five seconds with a top speed of 175 km / h.
Moving under the saddle the 15 liter tank to improve the center of gravity allowed to use the left space for a rigid case of 10 litres capacity. This rigid case can easily be removed and used as place to keep the biker's helmet.
The fork is identical to the one of the GS, but it has an excursion reduced to only 125 mm. The steering tube adopts a steering wheel change system called "aheadset", simple and light; a recall to those used with the mountain bikes.
The mechanical panel consists of a braking system based ontwo disc brakes and the external cover of the frame made of palstic. The plastic is translucent, like the one used in Smart ForTwo.
The motorbike was quite successful, but BMW stopped the production in 2005.
It was a decision made to launch on the market another naked project: the new F800.
The sales were not up to the expectations of the German company and this led BMW to focus on a more traditional motobike set.
BMW F650 CS Scarver Test Drive
Thanks to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation