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Old Yesterday, 04:34 PM   #1
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BMW G650: Xcountry <==> Xchallenge

I've been considering buying either an Xchallenge or Xcountry. I've surfed through the various posts in this forum on both models and don't want to re-hash any of those discussions.

I have more than a dozen vintage street bikes, but nothing modern in the stable right now. My objective is a bike suitable for local on-road and moderate/casual off-road riding. I have no interest in aggressive offroad riding. The bike would also be a loaner for my girlfriend to ride when she visits.

I think the Xcountry fits my needs better than the Xchallenge, especially relative to ergonomics for my 5'8" girlfriend. However, it seems like there are better accessory options for the Xchallenge (e.g., TT extended range fuel tank, etc.). And it also seems like it's a little easier to find an Xchallenge than an Xcountry in the U.S. - - - and many Xchallenge examples come fully farkled.

So I'm wondering if there would be any downsides to buying an Xchallenge and swapping in a 19-inch Xcountry wheel? That would give a 19-inch/18-inch front/rear wheel setup. I imagine the suspension could be lowered a bit to be more Xcountry-ish if required.
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Geez, with all of the model specific threads on the first page, other posts drop out of site quickly. Bump.
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