2011 Bmw G650gs

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

  1. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    Still one hell of a nice looking bike.
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  2. dirtfinder

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    Priced at a big premium over what you can get a new 09 for though.
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  3. Desertbilly

    Desertbilly Long timer

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    I like your white/black/gray CMike. I'm going to be interested in one of these next year. I just traded my 1200 Adv for an RT, and am going to need something for the gentle gravel and dirt roads that are everywhere around here. Probably put on TKC-80's or maybe Shinku 705's. Maybe an engine guard.

    I prefer the tubless to tubed just for ease of patching, and won't get close to bending one of these rims. The older I get, the more I like light and simple.
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  4. dirtfinder

    dirtfinder Adventurer

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    The cast wheels look nicer.
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  5. switchback

    switchback Eatin' Dirt Since 1982

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    ABS now optional. Makes an 09 or 10 left over look even better not to mention the $1500 rebates.
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  6. Mike_K

    Mike_K Been here awhile

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    Do you have a reliable source for this information?

    The german motobike-press report that the engine is build in china!? :dunno

    Cheers, Mike
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  7. lout

    lout AYCIC

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    2011 engine is built in Germany...bmw are in the process of changing their quality control, and thats part of it.

    "
    BMW G650GS [SIZE=-1](2011)[/SIZE]

    BMW updates the venerable 650 single with new bodywork and a new, made in Germany engine (previous G650GS engines were produced in China), to create a new G650GS. See info and photos of the G650GS in the Winter 2010 BMW Motorcycle Magazine. See G650GS news online by clicking this link."
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  8. UnsafeHOTADVENTURE

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    Im getting one on tuesday!! WOoOoo
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  9. aaronrkelly

    aaronrkelly Been here awhile

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    Picked mine up last Friday at Ginas BMW in Iowa City.

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    rode it out the door and back home, 2 1/2 hr ride in the 40 degree weather.....rain and fog.....but I loved it.

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    I ordered some hard side boxes (TraX I believe) but other then that I choose not to buy anything else.

    Hell, Im a KLR owner......I could have bought another KLR for damn near what those side boxes cost. :D
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  10. lout

    lout AYCIC

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    Grats..Keep us posted on how you like it:)
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  11. aaronrkelly

    aaronrkelly Been here awhile

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    So far so good.

    Ive had a few other thumpers - I wasnt really prepared for how smooth the BMW runs, vastly different then my DR or KLR.

    Its soft off the line but once you get it wound up a bit it runs pretty strong. Running down the interstate at 75.......twist the throttle and there is plenty of power to shoot by a car or semi fairly quickly. Granted, its not a sport bike.....but it really runs better then I would suspect a 650cc single to.

    Ergos are a little cramped, considering Im 6ft4in and 320lbs.....but not that uncomfortable. Admittedly Im a touring bike rider (Victory Vision) that tools around on the gravel and trails on a KLR on the weekends.....so the riding position was a little "different" then what I was used to. When I first started off on it I was thinking inside of 30 mins I was going to be in pain. At the end of my 2 1/2 hr ride I was just fine. I think I could put in a fairly long day on this bike in relative comfort.

    The controls are a little different.....the horn and turn signals are to close together....kept honking during signaling.....but I eventually got used to it. The other controls were better.

    This was my first ABS bike....and I was really impressed. I got plenty of time to play with it in the rain. I love it for daily commuting.

    However it has NO place on the gravel.....I did quite a few miles of gravel today and the ABS just flat sucks. I had completely forgot it until I tried to scrub off some speed coming into a corner.......well SHIT that aint going to happen......and off thru the ditch I went. In retrospect I should have know that it would suck on the gravel.....not sure what I was thinking.

    .......and the Tourance tires are great on the road and fairly decent on the gravel/dirt roads (far better then I expected really)......but the huge mud hole in my back yard was a bit much to ask of them.

    ......I really knew it would be......but it looked like fun....and it was. Brand new bike with less than 200 miles on it and I ended up burying it to the frame.....but I had fun doing it. :lol3
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  12. MarkWAau

    MarkWAau I like roast chicken

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    Touratech australia have just started populating their site. I spoke with a bloke from Touratech uk who mentioned that lots of g650gs gear is still in R&D hence why it's not listed.
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  13. DigDig

    DigDig Been here awhile

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    "However it has NO place on the gravel.....I did quite a few miles of gravel today and the ABS just flat sucks. I had completely forgot it until I tried to scrub off some speed coming into a corner.......well SHIT that aint going to happen......and off thru the ditch I went. In retrospect I should have know that it would suck on the gravel.....not sure what I was thinking."


    Turn the ABS off, the 2011 can still do that can't they? My '10 has a switch to turn it off and then its just old school in the dirt.
    :clapCongratulations on the new bike, the new ones look great.
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  14. MarkWAau

    MarkWAau I like roast chicken

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    Yep, you can turn off ABS on the 11.
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  15. Farmer Palmer

    Farmer Palmer Been here awhile

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    Anyone got a picture of a BMW G650GS low seat?

    Mrs P. just took delivery of her new G650GS/FL and it's got the black/grey seat and we though the low seat option was for a black one........!

    Her new bike is about an inch taller than her old 05 F650GS/FL and we're having to look at Koubalinks to get her bike low enough(she's only 5ft tall)

    Other than that this 'wee' bike is great and the new styling/alloy wheels really freshens things up a bit....!

    Thanks FP.
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  16. aaronrkelly

    aaronrkelly Been here awhile

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    Mine has the black/grey seat as well but we really wanted the black/red seat. The dealer says she never seen one and that she thought it was a European spec option....anyone actually seen the red/black seat in person?
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  17. UnsafeHOTADVENTURE

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    The dealer told me that too!! I just ended up with the gray which looks awesome too just not what I wanted. Other than that the first 600 miles have been awesome. Now im contemplating whether or not to do the first service myself or bite the bullet and spend 250 just for the first one so they can check everything?
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  18. Farmer Palmer

    Farmer Palmer Been here awhile

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    Yes, we have in the BMW Motorrad East dealership in Edinburgh..........Scotland!!

    Just ridden Mrs P's bike to England and back tonight running it in on smaller twisty Borders roads, a round trip of 58 miles only, fuel light came on at 140 miles on the odo so that's the first tank of fuel through the bike.......... approx $6 per UK gallon....!

    I'm riding her bike even though i'm 6 foot 4" tall with my black Dakar seat and 3/4 preload and it's really very comfortable.

    FP.
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  19. aaronrkelly

    aaronrkelly Been here awhile

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    $250....shit.

    My dealer said it was $99.....and Im still doing it myself.
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  20. lonesoldier84

    lonesoldier84 SuperFlanker

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    They have shifted the focus of this bike ever so slightly away from off-road to make the upsell easier on their salesmen to more expensive models.
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