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Old 01-28-2015, 03:41 PM   #1
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03 f650gs vs. 04 WR450

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I purchased an 04 WR450 last summer and got it plated in WA. HOwever, I have decided the type of riding I really want to do is multi day adventure rides, and the WR isnt particularly well suited to that. So, I put it on Craigslist. I have a guy asking me if I am interested in trading for his 03 f650gs with 21k on the clock. I dont know much about these older BMW's. Anyone have any tips/suggestions/advice for me?

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Old 01-28-2015, 03:47 PM   #2
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I have an 05 f560 GS. All I do is put gas in it and change the oil. It has about 35k. However my guess is it will not perform in the dirt nearly as well as the WR.

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Old 01-28-2015, 04:11 PM   #3
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I have an 05 f560 GS. All I do is put gas in it and change the oil. It has about 35k. However my guess is it will not perform in the dirt nearly as well as the WR.

You pays your money and you take your chances
I dontr need a hardcore dirt machine, but dont want something that isnt at least confident in it. Have been thinking DRZ400.
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Old 01-29-2015, 07:50 AM   #4
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I'm not super well versed in specifics, but have ridden and wrenched on both bikes. The F650 is a great fire road and light dirt bike. If you looking for a back road traveler that will do the aforementioned fire roads, then it's a good choice. If, OTOH, if you want to explore single tracks, then not so much. They're heavy with poor suspension for that kind of stuff.
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Old 01-29-2015, 12:30 PM   #5
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How much crap do you like to haul with you? The F650 is like a pickup truck, hence the weight. I have nearly 47k miles on mine and it's great for general DS stuff, plus nearly 70 mpg.
If you don't need the hauling ability (they can do two up quite well if you're not into 90 mph interstate runs) then a lighter bike might be more your cup of tea.
Some F650s have had water pump issues, I'm on my original one.
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Old 01-29-2015, 04:00 PM   #6
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03 f650gs vs. 04 WR450

I have to say my f650 does much better now I have geared her down a bit. One tooth down in front, two up in the back. Course she doesn't much like 70 mph anymore.
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Old 01-30-2015, 05:31 AM   #7
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I've got a couple f650gs's presently. As stated above, good dirt road bikes, not a single tracker. Never have I had a problem with any of them. Great gas milage, constantly 65 to 70 MPG. I've done several multi-day trips, they will haul more gear then you will ever use. My last trip was a week into the Colorado mountains riding backroad mountain passes, bike performed flawlessly.

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Old 01-30-2015, 03:30 PM   #8
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Ditto. Two f650's. Can't go wrong unless you're klr cheep.



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