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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by cantrell, Aug 30, 2009.
The tyres are Heidenau K60
It was the only 650 twin on the trip running with the proven big boys 1200GS/800GS.
P.S. Photo taken on the salt plain of Verneukpan, South Africa.
P.P.S. Here is another pix of the 650 at sunrise
that's a hell of a shot man! dam nice scene, bike, camera & dam nice photo-taking skills!
thanks nat_han. It is a pleasure to share it with other inmates.
The picture only tells part of the story. The real thrill is the part of riding your beloved bike hard all day, pushing yourself, then finding a nice campsite, watching a gorgeous sunset, cooking a good braai (BBQ) and sleeping under the stars!!! I doze off with a big grin reminiscing what a great day of riding it was and what the next day will bring. Aahh to be on the open road!
Better still to do it with good mates!
Dude, BMW should use that as a PR shot. It takes a few glances to realise they're not all 800GS!
What's with the orange lens covers? I've seen lots of South Africans do that...
PS - Take it from a Wee owner, a 19" alloy front is only a problem if you forget what you're riding. Keep the pressures a touch higher, and be mindful it's not a WR250, and it's fine.
The F650 Twin is a great bike for touring. From WI to the Dragon, this is my second time down here this year. Foot pegs are getting a little scraped up. It is a low one. 10000 miles and counting.
18 bikes on the trip, 16 BMWs: 1 650/T, 2 800s, 3 650 Dakars, 10 1200GS/GSA
@orange covers: makes you 200% more visible on road when you filter thru traffic (in US, splitting traffic). It is legal in SA. Most Cagers are courteous here in SA, they actually pulled to side to give you space to let you overtake. Offroad, you see your buddies behind you through the dust cloud better.
Not sure how many BMW dealers there are in your area but I would be more inclined to go for something like a Kawa Versys, More road oriented but with good upright ride and fair shock clearance.