2011 Bmw G650gs

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Blue&Yellow, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. alfabc

    alfabc Adventurer

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    All right folks, chime in please.

    I'm thinking of replacing my 2001 F650GS that has 43K on the clock, with the new G650GS. I want to stay in the same family of bike, as my pannier racks etc. should be an easy straight swap. If not, please let me know. I'd also like to put my belly pan and crash bars on the new bike, as well as other accessories.

    How impressed are all of you with the new machine? How's the reliability etc. been so far? What's you average MPG (I'm getting around 65 with mixed use). Are there any flaws in the new design I need to look out for?

    Thanks in advance for any and all inputs. I really want to hear what folks have to say. Also, I'm itching to buy a new bike, so let me know please.

    Cheers,

    Bill
    2001 BMW F650GS - mellow yellow
  2. raftn

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    Here is a link to one of my reviews mate, hope it helps.

    http://rogerfleming-raftnn.blogspot.co.nz/2012/04/bmw-g650gs-10000km-review-and-bling.html
  3. raftn

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  4. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I can understand new bike itch if it's a totally different bike. But it seems like a waste to spend $8 grand on what is essentially the same bike with a smaller fuel tank. I would spend $1200 on upgrading the 2001's suspension with Ohlins and YZ forks and go have some fun.
  5. alfabc

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    Twinrider,

    Where can I get an Ohlins rear shock and new forks for $1200? If you tell me, I just might keep the old bike! Are there any links to the fork swap? You have my interest, just show me where to buy the parts.

    Cheers,

    Bill
    2001 BMW F650GS
  6. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Dan Kyle supplies Ohlins shocks at 24% discount. I was quoted $943 for the Dakar shock. His email address is: dan@kyleusa.com

    http://www.shop.kyleusa.com/category.sc?categoryId=2

    Here is the thread on swapping the forks.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=399113

    Btw, if you did get the new GS, you'd get the same stock suspension that's on your present bike.
  7. alfabc

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    Twinrider,

    Thanks for the links. I'll look into those. Sounds like keeping ol' mellow yellow might be the better option! The fork option looks like it's for the longer travel Dakar model, so I'll look at adding new springs to the fork, maybe emulators, and a new rear shock. That should do it I think.

    Cheers,

    Bill
  8. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I put an Ohlins shock and Race Tech fork springs/gold valves on the standard F650GS I used to own and the results were excellent. Will probably go that route with my Dakar as well.
  9. alfabc

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    Well, despite some advice to fix up ol' yellow my 2001 F650GS, I've pulled the trigger and a new white 2012 G650GS will be waiting for me at the dealers on Tuesday! All of my pannier racks will swap right over, as will the crash bars, so I'll have the new bike outfitted in no time. Can't wait!

    Cheers,

    Bill
    Vancouver WA
  10. Kainic

    Kainic Almost there

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    :clap Don't forget to post some pix!
  11. RHM

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    I just read this thread from beginning to end. My 2011 650GS sits between a 06 R1200RT and a 2012 Harley Davidson Dyna Superglide. If my garage caught fire tonight and I only had time to drag one bike out, beyond any shadow of a doubt it would be the GS.

    I have thrashed the GS more than any other bike I have ever owned and I've yet to have any problems with the exception of the noted recalls and the switch for my heated grips just went out. That is being fixed next week (under warranty of course).

    To me, it is like a multi-tool. I can blast out of FL heading to NC/TN and either take the interstate and cruise at 80 mph or take secondary roads (which I mostly do) and explore the dirt roads in Al,GA,TN, NC. So far it has been bullet proof. I had the dealer do the 6k service but from this point forward, I will do it all myself.

    Regards,

    RM:clap
  12. alfabc

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    What were the recalls? I'm sure they will have those attended to when I pick mine up, but I'd like to know so I can ask.

    I'm starting to take the farkles off the 2001 F650GS, and I can't wait to bolt them up to the new one!

    Cheers,

    Bill
  13. Geoffster

    Geoffster Fool - Born This Way

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    I'm lurking from the G650X- world and share your sentiment. I recently took my 650 on a 1,500 mile trip while my RT napped in the garage.

    BMW thumpers are that good.
  14. alfabc

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    Does anyone know if the BMW top box, aka pumpkin, from an 2001 F650GS will fit the factory rear rack on the new 2012 G650GS ? I guess I will find out on Tuesday when I bring the new bike home. I'm trying to save a little but re using the luggage and farkles from the old bike to the new.

    Cheers,

    Bill
  15. alfabc

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    Forgot to ask in last thread, has anyone had experience with the adjustable windshield bracket by Touratech or Wunderlich?

    I have 3 windshields for the old bike, the Dakar that came on the bike, a Givi sport shield, and a tall Cee Baileys for the highway grinds. I'd like not to have to buy more windshields, just maybe the adjustable bracket to move the stock one up and down. I guess the bracket allows for some tilt as well.

    Cheers,

    Bill
  16. Steamy Moose

    Steamy Moose Been here awhile

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    Does any one here run a wolfman tankbag on there G650GS? if so, do you have a pic you could share please?
  17. gus

    gus Been here awhile

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    I have one of the Enduro tank bags. It's small but is designed for a sloping gas tank on a dirt bike or DS. I will post a picture when I can.
  18. mmoore415

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    This is the Explorer Lite. I had just put it on so the straps still weren't cut down.

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  19. Lost Rider

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    Not a wolfman, but this Giant loop Fandago bag fits the 650GS quite nicely.
    We also have a GL Diablo I use on my Husa, it swaps over to the Fandago mount and also fits nicely, just shorter.

    The biggest problem with GL is it's *NOT* 100% waterproof, but neither is the Wolfman. :deal



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  20. Steamy Moose

    Steamy Moose Been here awhile

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    Are you happy with the bag after a bit of use mate? How much gear can you fit in it?