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Old 11-18-2008, 06:33 PM   #1
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Anyone take their F650GS offroad?

Who has taken their F650GS off road? How was it? pictures appreciated
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Old 11-19-2008, 04:30 AM   #2
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All the time. One time unexpectedly.




Mostly just dirt roads up until now because of the slick tires. I just put knobbies on, and I'm ready for some old logging roads but that will be the extent of it. This bike is too expensive to repair, and too fragile.






One of my videos during break-in:

http://www.southerntrailrider.com/Videos/BMWB1.wmv


Someone else's:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJlem...eature=related

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Old 11-28-2008, 02:13 AM   #3
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My wife has taken her F650GS off the bitumen...










I took it for a ride too ;)

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Old 12-02-2008, 03:27 PM   #4
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mildly. It went well. I'll explore the options more when I apply the knobbelies. I want to wait until I wear through this set first.

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Old 12-02-2008, 05:08 PM   #5
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What the hell?

A thread like this makes as much sense to me as someone asking something like, "Anyone Taken a KX250 or RM250 off road?"
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:12 PM   #6
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What the hell?

A thread like this makes as much sense to me as someone asking something like, "Anyone Taken a KX250 or RM250 off road?"
A F650GS is NOT a motocross bike !

It is the "more street" version of the F800GS; therefore the OP's question.
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:27 PM   #7
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It's still a Dual Sport....

If you were never going to take it off road, why not just get the F800ST?
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:24 PM   #8
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It's still a Dual Sport....

If you were never going to take it off road, why not just get the F800ST?
Word!!

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Old 12-02-2008, 07:27 PM   #9
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My wife has taken her F650GS off the bitumen...


I took it for a ride too ;)
Hey Nev,

What sort of tires does she have on her bike? It's tough to tell, but they look rather on the slick side. If they're the stock battle wings, how'd they do in the slicker spots? I'd like to ride more dirt but have the stocks on now and don't want to throw them away or go through the hassle of a tire change before they're dead.

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Educate an American day: Is bitumen slang for road? thanks.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:48 PM   #10
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It's still a Dual Sport....
Oh, dual sport -- like the KX250 and RM250 you mentioned in your original complaint.
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:12 PM   #11
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It's still a Dual Sport....

If you were never going to take it off road, why not just get the F800ST?
Ergo's and plush suspension.

I would bet that a large percentage of the F650's will spend 90% of the time on pavement, just like most of the other GS's. It's a street bike with long-travel suspension. A KLR will outrun this bike on anything rough.
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:44 AM   #12
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A KLR will outrun this bike on anything rough.
So?

HBN can kick my ass off-road with his TW200 while I'm on the DL1000, but that has never made me want to stop, nor has it made it any less fun.
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:10 AM   #13
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So?

HBN can kick my ass off-road with his TW200 while I'm on the DL1000, but that has never made me want to stop, nor has it made it any less fun.
You misinterpreted my response. The original question was "Who has taken their F650GS offroad? How was it?" I was responding to the question by making a comparison between the BMW and the KLR since many riders are already familiar with the KLR and how it handles offroad.

I enjoy my F650 twin for dirt roads but nothing technical. I believe that any one who would consider buying an F650GS twin already has some idea of what it was designed for and what it's general limits are for the average rider.

I consider the 650 twin a lighter, smaller, and better looking alternative to the Wee-Strom.

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Old 11-29-2012, 06:02 PM   #14
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Check out my sig on my youtube channel. few vids of me on a motorcross track ( rolling iver jumps of course) then a light.jump and how.soft the suspensikn is.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:30 AM   #15
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I bet that a helluva lot of F800's spend their time sitting all farkled up in a Starbuck's parking lot with some clever little Ewan and Charlie stickers on them.

The F650 is capable off road and a lot more capable than some people imagine.

Here are a pair at about 14,000ft. Let's see some pics of an F800 at that elevation on that terrain, past a tree line.















Dirt roads, high elevations, no pansy 9-11 or park rangers telling you what you can or cannot do, it's Mexico and all in a day's riding. The F650 is capable enough.

Your only limits will likely be your tires, your ass on the stock seat, your frame of mind, and maybe the amount of oxygen. LOL!
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