|11-16-2008, 07:24 PM||#2|
Joined: Nov 2001
Location: Bradford, Pa
I test rode both bikes. The only complaint I had was the sidestand didn't go down positively like on the 1200. I'm sure it would be easy to get used to though.
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05-GS- Rock Red 86k
06-GS- Dakar-40k Sold
|11-17-2008, 02:30 PM||#4|
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Gone fishin'.
There isn't too much I don't like, but to be critical, the bars are a tad wide for my liking (only 2-3 inches). Eventually, I'll move everything inboard and take a pipe cutter to them. I can't stand the way the sidestand and left peg get in the way of each other when you try to put the stand down. I think that's about it. I really don't mind the seat at all.
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|11-17-2008, 04:56 PM||#5|
Joined: May 2007
Location: South end of the Ozarks
I'm real happy with mine. Well,,, the seat *is* a bit uncomfortable... but a sheepskin did help. I traded an `08 F800ST on it and really, other than the 'cornering like a cat on shag carpet' feel of the ST, I just love my F650GS. BTW,.. it corners pretty nice, even on TKC80's. I thought about getting the F800GS but, since I never used most of the engine power or the brake power of my ST I figured I didn't need the extra power, extra brakes, extra weight and extra $$$$ of the 800.
Some photos of my GS are here: http://hawkeye.ualr.edu/~ltjones/f650gs/
2006 Suzuki DR650SE
1978 BMW R80/7
2009 BMW F650GS (do you think a new BMW every 30 years is too much?)
2006 Yamaha XT225
1970 Triumph Bonneville T120R
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|11-17-2008, 07:22 PM||#6|
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
The seat is horrible. I thought that spending $10K might buy me a decent seat. Corbin to the rescue.......................again!
Other than the seat, the bikes other shortcomings were expected. I didn't expect it to be very capable offroad, and it's not. I didn't expect it to be very quick or powerful, and it's not.
My DR650 is a far better offroad machine, and the DR is an under-achiever compared to other modern offroad bikes in the same class. And my previous '04 SV650 was much quicker, and it was one of the slowest midsized sport bikes in production.
BUT none of that matters to me because I was looking for something unique. I LOVE the F650 twin because I absolutely love the DR650 and the SV650, and it feels like a cross between the two.
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