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Old 10-08-2008, 11:48 PM   #1
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Question Ground clearance on F650/800GS?

I have checked the BMW site as well as Google to no avail, so here goes:

Does anyone know the ground clearance, using normal-height suspension settings, of the F650GS (parallel twin version) and F800GS?

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Old 10-09-2008, 01:47 AM   #2
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I couldn't find any clearance specs either on my F650 when it arrived, so I measured:

Unsprung: 24cm (9.4")
Settled under its own weight and panniers: 19.5 cm (7.7")

The 800's seat is 6cm (2.4") higher with an identical frame, so you can probably add that to the 650's dimensions for reasonably accurate clearance measurements.
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:28 AM   #3
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... Settled under its own weight and panniers: 19.5 cm (7.7") ...
PuraVida's # is about right. Here's what a buddy measuered on his F650GS with the MoTech skidplate, unladen (~7.5"):



My F800GS sits about one inch higher to the BMW skidplate (unladen; minimal preload to set 30% rear sag = 2.6"; forks raised 5mm).
Yes, the 800 has ~1.8" more travel but some of this (~0.5") is lost in setting sag, some raising the forks.
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:03 PM   #4
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Measured my F650twin today - 8". Same clearance as an '08 KLR650.

I did a comparison recently for the thumper crowd:

Wet Weights:
2005 KLR650 = 413#
2008 KLR650 = 428#
2009 F650GS = 438#
2007 DR650 = 367#

Suspension Travel:
2007 KLR650 = 9.1/9.1
2008 KLR650 = 7.3/7.9
2009 F650GS = 6.7/7.1
2007 DR650 = 10.2/10.2

Ground Clearance:
2007 KLR650 = 9.4"
2008 KLR650 = 8"
2009 F650GS = 8"
2007 DR650 = 10.4

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