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Old 07-12-2008, 05:10 PM   #1
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F650 Gs

I had a chance to ride the new F650 GS today while the BMW demo fleet was in town, 'nice bike. Unfortunately, it had the lowered suspension w/ lower seat which was a bit much given my height (6' 2") but I was impressed by how smooth and powerful it was. 'Not sure what they do to the tuning on the 800 version but the 650 was plenty fast, faster if memory serves than the DL650 I use to have. I also sort of like the less Rambo oriented styling. Really, I rode it do get a feel for the parallel twin engine in the new frame but having done so, I think I may actually like the 650 variant as well or better. 'Certainly it added it to the consideration set vs. the "what we're they thinking" attitude I had towards it before. 'Impressive bike for the money.
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Old 07-12-2008, 07:09 PM   #2
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It is a nice engine, I rode a F800s, not the gs, the other day. Had plenty of power although im used to my klr250. I got to sit on a F800gs back in may when the demo truck came through South east michigan. For some reason the F650gs and F800gs couldn't be taken for demo rides at that time.
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:34 PM   #3
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Wish it came with spoke rims and 18 21 combo.
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:23 AM   #4
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Ithe 650 was plenty fast, faster if memory serves than the DL650 I use to have.
No surprise considering it's an 800....
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Old 07-13-2008, 05:03 AM   #5
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No surprise considering it's an 800....
'agreed. The whole "detune and 800 and call it a 650" was part of the reason
I wasn't too wild about it. It felt lighter than the DL tho which didn't make it seem like a larger bike. It specs at 377/dry and carries 4.2 gallons which likely means wet it's about the same as a KLR but with a lot more power. If these thing ever actually get over here they should be interesting.
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Old 07-13-2008, 05:35 AM   #6
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They seem like they're selling pretty well here in Japan, where the 800gs isn't yet available. Saw three last weekend while out touring.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:30 AM   #7
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I wonder if you can put 17/21 wheels from the 800 onto the 650, that way you can have a wide selection of dirt tires.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:26 AM   #8
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The tubeless tire trade-off

Being able to plug a flat tire while it is still on the bike makes more sense on a bike aimed at a 90/10 (if that) real world ratio of miles ridden on paved vs. unpaved roads.
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