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Old 03-31-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
lockguy OP
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GVWR of 09 F650GS

A riding buddy bought a used "factory lowered" 09 F650GS. While doing some maintenance, I noticed that the frame tag listed the GVWR at about 700+ lbs. The owner's manual lists the standard bike with a GVWR of about 950 lbs. My question is: What is the difference that lowers the GVWR by 200 lbs? I did some searches and asked a dealer but found no info. Thanks
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:13 AM   #2
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Western Vermont
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I have a f650GS with factory lowered suspension too.

The only difference that I can decern is the length of the rear suspension travel. It is lowered. I believe BMW used the same spring rate as the standard if a smaller load (pre load if you will) is stated to avoid bottoming. The same rate spring but longer as is provided on the standard height bike, will alow a larger load(pre load) before bottoming...hence the difference in load ratings.

There is no other structural differance i can determine.

This is my opinion...if some one has more info please share.

ps I weigh 210 and ride the bike aggressively in pave twisties so often bottom and am in the process of deciding to get a new rear shock(with hirer rate spring from Wilbers or hyperpro. Ohlin does not make a lowered supension shock.
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