Originally Posted by viseGrip
i want to take some time to travel around the U.S. on back roads, dirt roads and trails, picking up the odd-job here and there to keep me going - sort of a 'bike hobo' i guess :)
* good reliability with long times between maintenance (valves and such)
* fuel efficient
* needs to be comfortable at 65 or so, possibly for extended periods when necessary
* close to a 50/50 mix of on/off road capability ('off' being mostly dirt roads, but trails also)
* will obviously need to carry some extra weight, so no slouchy suspension
i'm a pretty average build at 5'11" and ~185lbs. and my riding experience consists of both road and dirt (mostly trail riding).
I've had my Funduro a week, and I'm in love. Had the "puking petrol" and ignition problem (see the f650.org faq section) which were pretty easy to fix (rebuild the carbs, re-solder a connection) and done. The previous owner was a short guy, so he's either lowered the rear end or they just sit low. I can stop flat footed (I still have to look at that) Parts are cheap if you know where to look, and provided you do a couple little things you can ride it round the world....at least from what I've heard. But mebbe that's just talk :)
You can always do a fly & ride.
99' BMW F650 Funduro - $2700 (Keene)
BMW 1999 F650 - $3800 (Hickory NC)
BMW F650 ST 1996 classic - $2999 (Charleston, SC)