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Old 05-12-2008, 06:39 PM   #1
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Question 2001 BMW F650 GS Should I Buy? Picture attached.

I am considering buying. Here are a few questions

39,000 miles. Are the miles too high? the owner says that a well-maintained one will easily do 100K miles. This bike has been maintained an independent Shop
Mechanically sound and cosmetically very good shape with few minor scratches.


Are they easy to work on for an average home mechanic?

I am 6"4" and the seat is low. the owner says the suspension can be raised a couple of inches. The info online says that it is 29 or 32" height. Is it possible to raise to 33-34".

The price is $3000 is that a good price?

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Old 05-12-2008, 08:24 PM   #2
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I am considering buying. Here are a few questions

39,000 miles. Are the miles too high?
No, if it has been properly maintained.


Are they easy to work on for an average home mechanic?
Yes


I am 6"4" and the seat is low.
A Dakar may suit you better.


The price is $3000 is that a good price?
Seems fair if it is in good shape.
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:35 PM   #3
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Seems like a pretty good deal to me.

If you buy it I'll sell you a tall Dakar seat, that should help with the leg room.

Bike looks good, don't worry about the mileage.

Is this a first bike, what are your plans for it?
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:40 PM   #4
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You might not be aware of the Chain Gang. Check it out, including the FAQs. As others have said, if it's been well maintained it should be able to go to 100k and more. $3k seems fair to me. Super easy to work on, too. With a 34" inseam, you'll most likely want to replace the seat and/or get an Ohlins shock.
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:54 PM   #5
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I'd buy it in a heart beat.
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:57 PM   #6
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it wuld be that high if Dakar parts was used.
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:58 PM   #7
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I currently ride a honda cx500. I have been riding for about 1 year. I will definitely need a taller seat. the cx is really easy to work on so I want to find a bike that I can do the maintenance.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:40 PM   #8
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Everything sounds good, but at 6'4" I think you'll be too tall to be comfortable on this bike. I own a standard 2006 F650GS. I'm 5'11" and feel a little cramped on long trips. As Bgunn suggested, a Dakar may be better.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:56 PM   #9
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A Dakar does not change the ergos, and this bike looks like it has a 21" front wheel, change the rear shock and seat, add some handguards and walla you have a Dakar without the pretty graphics.

I know some pretty big guys who have put down some serious mileage on these.

You may need to relocate the pegs and put some handlebar risers on it though.

This will be a good step up from the cx500, and maintenance consists mostly of changing the engine oil/filter and air filter every 6000 miles, a chain/sprocket every 10K and check/adjust the valves at/about 15K. It's a super simple bike.

Oh yeah, watch the battery.
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:11 AM   #10
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I am 5' 11" tall, and I have one the same model, and colour.
Mine has the Dakar seat, modified, and is a bit taller than Dakar stock.
I can still flat foot it.
The front wheel is a 19", just the wide angle lens used to take the photo.

I really enjoy mine. they go very well, excellent on fuel, great brakes.

Study f650.com. Great site, and lots of info.
Go for it, you wont regret it.
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:15 AM   #11
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A Dakar does not change the ergos, and this bike looks like it has a 21" front wheel, change the rear shock and seat, add some handguards and walla you have a Dakar without the pretty graphics.
A Dakar has a higher seat than a regular F 650 GS. And even then you will want the higher Touratech seat at 6'4".

I don't think the bike in the picture has a 21" front wheel, the wide angle picture is fooling you.
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:18 AM   #12
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:51 AM   #13
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Dakar's also have a little more suspension travel that adds to the height, in addition to the aforementioned seat and 21" front wheel. These are what make the Dakar a slightly better choice for offroad.
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Old 05-13-2008, 08:09 AM   #14
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I have a standard GS and am about 6' tall (32" inseam). I went with bar risers, a dakar seat and a TT peg relocation kit. Ergos are fine now.

For that price, I think its a fair deal. Any farkles tossed in? For reference, I paid just over 5k for mine with many farkles and 2k miles on it. Of course, I've tossed a few grand in parts at it (luggage, seat, sprockets, relocation kit, etc).
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:03 PM   #15
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Thumbs down Just my opinion!

I have had 1150 GS's and 650 GS's and I am 5'10". I currently have a lowered version of the 650 but at 6'4" I would say you are way too tall for the 650. I feel I am at the upper limit of height. Butt to Boots is the same on tall and short 650's but they will both feel cramped in my mind. Why not the 1150 GS or 1200 GS? You can get great used ones for a good price. Even the Dakar seat will only give you 1.7 inches and lowered pegs will give you an inch. Custom seats will give you a couple more inches but in all of that you have spent another $1,000. Good luck.[IMG]images/icons/icon13.gif[/IMG]
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