Understandably, with the 1.3 litre engine, Mwesigye says she sometimes spends as low as between Shs 20,000 and Shs 30,000 per week on fuel, if she only drives to and fro her home (Naalya) and workplace. She works for a human rights advocacy organisation based in Bukoto.
Straight-line performance is enjoyably brisk, and easily accessible thanks to the parallel-twin engine’s reasonably strong midrange delivery. The BMW has crisp throttle response, cruises effortlessly at the legal limit, and is happy to rev to its 8,500rpm maximum through the six-speed gearbox. There’s some vibration but, as with BMW’s other parallel twins, a dummy conrod arrangement ensures that it doesn’t become uncomfortable. The engine’s main drawback arguably remains a slight lack of character.