Help, F650GS vs. V-Strom

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by JPSpen, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. JPSpen

    JPSpen At Large

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    I've been thinking about a V but the chance has come by me to pick up an 01 F650GS with only 8500 miles on it for a really good price.

    How do the two compare ? I'm going to be doing Street/to/dirt and trail on it....
    The idea of an "intro price" into dual sport is appealing to me.

    I realize now I've posted this in maybe the wrong forum... If a mod'd move it it wouldn't bother me.

    Thanks for your opinion.

    John
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  2. Jonex

    Jonex Long timer

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    I have 650 Wee, and everytime I get ideas about riding it in the dirt, I go for a ride and forget all about it. Eetsa peeg.

    Wanna buy it?:D Looking to get a KLX.
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  3. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Long timer

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    IMO the 01 F650 gs is a great bike to get your feet wet in "Adventure" riding. It's not as fast as the Wee, but has enough power to get out of it's own way and will travel two up quite well (many will disagree with that comment) Has decent fuel range (uses Premium however) and will feel considerably lighter than the Wee due to the location of the fuel tank under the seat (especially usefull off the beaten track). Spoked rims apparently are much better than cast rims offroad too. F650.com is an invaluable resource again IMO. I own a Wee but would love to eventually pick up an older F650gs especially for learning how to be a better "dirt/gravel" rider
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  4. tedder

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  5. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Do not get a V-Strom to ride trail.

    I have a V-Strom.

    I also have two other bikes for when I want to ride trail.

    Not saying that nobody has ever ridden a V-Strom down a trail. The local Suzuki dealer says he loves it when I ride my V-Strom on trail, because afterwards I come in for parts.

    If you don't know what you are doing, don't buy a V-Strom for trail riding. If you do know what you are doing, you already know not to buy a V-Strom for trail riding.
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  6. sherpa2

    sherpa2 Been here awhile

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    I've had a 650gs dakar for some years and it's worked for me for everything I've done. Taken it long haul many times, including interstate, and on plenty of dirt riding. Granted it has more suspension and a better seat than the regular 650gs. It doesn not require premium, 87 is fine. Gas mileage has been excellent, often in the mid 60s.

    I'd say it's a more versatile bike than the wee, and lighter too. One thing to pay attention to is the fueling. The early ones (up to 2002, but i may be wrong) had surging problems.

    Another plus is the f650.com website, a wealth of info about anything you'd need to know if you own this bike. Good luck.
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  7. tedder

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    FSVO versatile. Would you take it cross-country with 800+ mile days and a passenger? Would your eyeballs stand up to the vibration?
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  8. Uglyprimate

    Uglyprimate UglyPirate

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    Neither is as good as a KLR, but we all have to make compromises occasionally
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  9. Motoplaner

    Motoplaner PNW Heel Rounder

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    Bull. The converse is true. Especially for the problematic '01. Many true fixes are available for the occasional surging/stallings, especially of the 01's. They'll putt right along doing the ton day in and out.
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  10. OU812

    OU812 Legend in my own Mind!

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    That would be my choice. If I had one.....:cry
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  11. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    The GS is a slightly better bike for gravel roads or trails. The V-Strom is a slightly better highway or two-up bike. Make your choice, Earthlings.
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  12. earthroamer

    earthroamer Stuck in Pindadesh

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    Ride both and decide for yourself. sheez.
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  13. Night_Wolf

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    My experience is indeed with an 01 model and at one point it did have the "surging" problem, but I believe it was eventually fixed by one of the dealers (the bike belonged to my friend Susan) According to what I remember she was told to use Premium and I'm trying to remember if i also read it in her owners manual :patch

    I will agree it'll easily travel along all day at it's upper limit while fully loaded and it can even do 800 mile days and yes with a passenger (as Tedder asked). I never found it to be all that buzzy, but others are free to disagree

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  14. gordo5

    gordo5 Roadkill

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    I used to have one and still have the pdf service manual. Definitely premium gas, 95 RON. The surging problem was fixed with a Dobek fuel tuner sold under the name Techlusion. Smoothed the bike out some too.

    I've never ridden a Wee but it would seem clear to me that the Wee, with it's 6 speed twin is the better road bike and the GS with it's lower weight and CG for trails. Having said that, the GS is still a bit of a pig on the trails and there are lighter 650's out there. It can do long highway rides fine but it ain't no Goldwing. Then again, I'd gone down a tooth on the front sprocket for trails and paid a bit of a penalty on the hwy.

    I know lots of people do it, but personally I think any 650 is too big for tight trails, but fine for double track kinda stuff.
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  15. shoco

    shoco Not So Gnarly Adventurer

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    As a previous V-Owner, I couldn't have said it better.
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  16. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    +1 on the F650GS. In particular the new 2009 F650GS. Much more versatile and just as comfortable to cruise on.:thumb

    And as far as fuel goes: BMW recommends 91 RON (Research Octane Number). RON is the octane measurement in Europe. In the States we use PON (Pump Octane Number), which is typically 4-5 points lower than RON. So, 91 RON = 86-87 PON here in the States. So yes, you can run US 87 PON in your Beemer.

    http://www.answers.com/topic/octane-rating-1
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