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Old 12-08-2011, 07:41 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I thought I would start a thread to let all the up and coming 2012 BMW G650GS Sertao owners discuss details of their purchase, pictures, etc over the next few months (until these finally arrive at dealers).

Yep I already know that this is basically a Dakar model re-badged but it's still a great bike for an entry level adventure rider such as myself and the price is right too.

Anyways, post your thoughts, pictures, experiences with dealers on this bike etc so all others on this forum can hear all about it.

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Old 12-12-2011, 01:08 PM   #2
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:16 PM   #3
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I am not a beginning rider but do prefer lighter bike in the dirt. Find the +1000 cc Adv Tourers too unwieldy in many off-road circumstances. The 800 cc range bikes are more manageable (and practical if you can only have one bike) but I am interested to see what peoples' thoughts are on the Sertao as they come out. Could be a nice platform for a little dirt play and the occasional roadtrip.
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:42 PM   #4
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430 pounds!
It's a rebadged KLR.




































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Old 09-13-2012, 08:48 PM   #5
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430 pounds!
It's a rebadged KLR.

it is quite heavy, but actually works well
I have put 7000 miles on mine since May and get 65 to 70 mph every time. That is about 20 to 30 mph more than KLR's get. I guess that is why I don't need a supersized gas tank. Get about 200 miles on a tank.
So we I paid about $2300 more than a KLR
what do you get
Fuel injection
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Adjustable rear suspension at turn of a dial
Tourtech add on's to make it a real adventure tour bike
Tank under the seat
Heated hand grips
Wired already for heated clothing plug
Catalatic converter, might be good for the work
Sure it is an entry level BMW GS but sure does look cool, rides well on an off road.
Does cost more than a KLR, resale value will be much higher if I ever want to sell the beast.
Tough decision, I almost bought a KLR.
I will let you know if I still like the bike after a 100,000 miles.
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Old 12-12-2011, 03:08 PM   #6
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Agreed..would have hoped for more weight savings vs. F800 GS. That being said...still and much lighter and the big Adv beasts in the 1000 cc and up categories
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:37 PM   #7
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I do not understand the excitement. A copy of a 10 year old bike.

http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/bmw...dakar_2001.php

http://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com/...sertao-preview

US list price $8,650 + shipping.

http://bmw.rfalconepowersports.com/n...ModelYear=2012
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:47 AM   #8
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I don't understand it either. On top of that, is 1980's suspension tech really where it's at? For that price, I'd want some upside down forks in the 45mm+ variety and a real shock on the back.

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I do not understand the excitement. A copy of a 10 year old bike.

US list price $8,650 + shipping.
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:14 PM   #9
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Now for my new Sertao, well guys I was shopping on Craigslist last week and guess what's on there, a 2001 Dakar with 15,000 miles on it forsale. The seller bought it new in 2001 and has keep it completely original just like the day he picked it up at the dealer. He had all the paperwork on the bike with every bill for maintenance that the BMW dealer did over the last 10-11 years. Truly a great fine, new tires, chain, sprockets, and a bill for $1800.00 for all the service work done including the above at 14,000 miles. Now I'm one pickey dude so you know this bike was like new, no scratches, dents, whatever's, so I guess my new Sertao is on hold for the time being, I just didn't think I would find a Dakar this nice. I like reading about the Sertao and it's still in my future, I just don't have to buy one today now that I have the old style one.

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Old 03-13-2012, 01:52 PM   #10
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Now for my new Sertao, well guys I was shopping on Craigslist last week and guess what's on there, a 2001 Dakar with 15,000 miles on it forsale. The seller bought it new in 2001 and has keep it completely original just like the day he picked it up at the dealer. He had all the paperwork on the bike with every bill for maintenance that the BMW dealer did over the last 10-11 years. Truly a great fine, new tires, chain, sprockets, and a bill for $1800.00 for all the service work done including the above at 14,000 miles. Now I'm one pickey dude so you know this bike was like new, no scratches, dents, whatever's, so I guess my new Sertao is on hold for the time being, I just didn't think I would find a Dakar this nice. I like reading about the Sertao and it's still in my future, I just don't have to buy one today now that I have the old style one.

John

Congrats! I have been logging some miles in the past couple of days . It is what it is..... a nice little adventure bike. I'm not looking to catch big air or smoke singletrack with it. I have the tkc 80's on it and they love my dirt road and it still scoots nice down the pavement. nuff said. It is an awesome bike for what bmw built it for.

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Old 03-17-2012, 06:07 AM   #11
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I like the Sertao....now I know why....I liked the old 650 Dakar.

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Old 03-17-2012, 03:16 PM   #12
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I like the Sertao....now I know why....I liked the old 650 Dakar.

I like the looks of the new version but not the smaller gas tank 3.7 gal now 4.5 then.

A friend is seriously looking at the Sertao, he will probably just pack a hose and use me as a tanker if needed.
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:29 PM   #13
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I like the looks of the new version but not the smaller gas tank 3.7 gal now 4.5 then.
This might be my biggest disappointment. The low fuel light comes on at 175 miles (@70 MPH). That is gives you 1 gallon left. I picked up a Kolpin Fuel Pack Junior for my long hauls. Not sure where I am going to mount it yet. I still have to mount my top case.
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:18 PM   #14
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I'm wondering how long it will be before a larger fuel tank becomes available. Apparently the Dakar one won't fit.
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:54 PM   #15
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I've ridden a KLR up the Dalton Hwy while my buddy rode the f650gs. We were both throttles pinned the whole ride and wishing for more. Is the Sertao anything to get excited about?
Not a troll, just asking.
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