Ground clearance on F650/800GS?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Guy Jinbaiquerre, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. Guy Jinbaiquerre

    Guy Jinbaiquerre Monorail Conductor

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    I have checked the BMW site as well as Google to no avail, so here goes:

    Does anyone know the ground clearance, using normal-height suspension settings, of the F650GS (parallel twin version) and F800GS?

    Thanks!
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  2. PuraVida

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    I couldn't find any clearance specs either on my F650 when it arrived, so I measured:

    Unsprung: 24cm (9.4")
    Settled under its own weight and panniers: 19.5 cm (7.7")

    The 800's seat is 6cm (2.4") higher with an identical frame, so you can probably add that to the 650's dimensions for reasonably accurate clearance measurements.
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  3. levity

    levity nano-Adventurer

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    PuraVida's # is about right. Here's what a buddy measuered on his F650GS with the MoTech skidplate, unladen (~7.5"):

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    My F800GS sits about one inch higher to the BMW skidplate (unladen; minimal preload to set 30% rear sag = 2.6"; forks raised 5mm).
    Yes, the 800 has ~1.8" more travel but some of this (~0.5") is lost in setting sag, some raising the forks.
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  4. Navaho

    Navaho Long timer

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    Measured my F650twin today - 8". Same clearance as an '08 KLR650.

    I did a comparison recently for the thumper crowd:

    Wet Weights:
    2005 KLR650 = 413#
    2008 KLR650 = 428#
    2009 F650GS = 438#
    2007 DR650 = 367#

    Suspension Travel:
    2007 KLR650 = 9.1/9.1
    2008 KLR650 = 7.3/7.9
    2009 F650GS = 6.7/7.1
    2007 DR650 = 10.2/10.2

    Ground Clearance:
    2007 KLR650 = 9.4"
    2008 KLR650 = 8"
    2009 F650GS = 8"
    2007 DR650 = 10.4<!-- / message --><!-- edit note -->
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