BMW F650GS/800cc twin
I have to rate this wee bike as excellent- for what I want. I have had many bikes off road and on road.
This bike is not a true off road GS, but is quite capable on gravel roads and fire breaks. It is a fantastic road bike, agile, handles very well in the corners, economical has more than enough power (71HP) for real world riding. The BMW 800GS 85hp ,is bigger, higher bike, and weighs 20-30kg more. The F650GS because of its tuning the actually develops nearly as much torque as the F800GS BUT at about 1000rpm less revs, which makes it great on ...
Purchased in November 2011 at BMW Dealers for $18,000.
Reliable and fun
This review is for the 800cc twin cylinder F650GS, not the single cylinder machine with the same name.
I purchased my bike second hand with approximately 3500 km. It is fitted with BMW alloy panniers, comfort seat, heated hand grips, engine protection bars, sump guard, ABS brakes and an after market wind screen. It must be said this bike is not a serious off-road bike. It is a very good on-road bike that can comfortably and safely be ridden on dirt and gravel roads. As a mid-size touring bike it would be hard to beat due to it's confident handi...
Purchased in December 2012.
Really a bad bike
This bike is likely the worst I had ever used. Though it is sometime presented as a successor to the Fenduro or the Dakar, it has nothing in common with those legendary bikes. Being two cylinders one could honestly hope to have reduced vibration - in fact I never suffer that much on a bike. A shared problem from our group of bikers. The gas tank is much too limited to consider serious adventure, with a need to refill every 300 ~ 350 km. Believe me, there is no gas station that frequently in Africa. The bike heat a lot and driving on sand you ha...ve to stop frequently. If pushing you'll enjoy a geyser out of the radiator. What make this bike terrible is the weight balance that is set very high fro small wheels. So on sandy road (even with a small patch of sand) the bike become unpredictable - like driving on black ice. A bicycle could do seriously better. The saddle is very hard, making sitting unbearable after 100 km. On road it is limited to the low 90 km/h because of vibrations and it is relative heavy for city drive. So this bike has no real place, but below a Tannenbaum. It look nice, but it is not a safe bike if you consider real adventure. Bizarre, but I feel I might saving few lives writing those notes... The claim is that it is a successor of the Fenduro This claim is so wrong - the bike has no real terrain to go
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