My BMW F650 GS (twin) test drive report

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by OrangeEnvy, May 13, 2008.

  1. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    I just picked up my very own F650GS yesterday :clap:clap:clap:clap

    I am 6' 1" and about 185lbs, 32" inseam.

    I have put about 200 miles on it so far (150 of that was drive back home from dealer). With the rear spring preload all the way to the "soft" end I can pretty much "flat foot" the bike. Obviously, with the preload cranked up you'd have more ground clearance! I've been messing with it a bit and will probably leave mine at 1/2 turn off the soft end for a while to see........

    I think at least for me that the riding position is excellent except that when I have my butt on the seat where my legs are what feels good, my arms are just a bit too short... so I gotta stare at it and see if I can rotate the bars a bit to the back (then move the mirrors & grips back around ... sigh) or if maybe what I need is one of the handle bar extenders...

    Or maybe after I ride it for a couple weeks I'll think it's all good as is...

    I'd get a ride on it ... and maybe ride a couple miles then jack the pre-load up and ride a few more and see what you think!
    It's a pretty personal thing, but it would not say that the bike is to small for you ...

    Jim
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  2. StinkyCheese

    StinkyCheese Red or Green?

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    Excellent news! Thanks for the reponse. I am planning a trip up to the dealer in the next week or so..:wink:
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  3. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Just a new bike update:

    I have not had any more stalling since the 1st day :clap I think it was either brand new tight engine or the computer still "learning" the parameters.

    Clutch also beaded in and doing well, it was a bit "growly" when I left dealer.

    At 185 lbs I have the preload set at 1/2 turn in from "dead soft" and it is good for me on the road (I'm not doing dirt till I get my crash bars and 600 mile check behind me)

    I softened the damping (screw on bottom of rear shock) unscrewed it 1 full turn. I"m going to play with it more, but this makes bike less harsh on potholes makes the seat SEEM a bit softer with no downside (again this on-road review only). I still think the seat is too damn hard ... but I have a "secret" plan for that that I will share if it works, and disavow all knowledge of it it turns to crap... :lol3

    As others have mentioned I also have some throttle lag after decel.
    This is getting less noticable, and in cooler evening riding is less of an issue.
    Also I took some slack out of the throttle cable so freeplay is now at a minimum and that gives me a bit better control.

    I remain in the 150% satisifed-with-my-purchase camp! :clap

    Jim
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  4. PSO

    PSO Been here awhile

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    Fiance' had a F650GS one lunger rotax. She sold it and went with a Buell, partially because I was tired of working on the BMW for routine maint. Buell's are simple to work on etc. How tough is it to do routine maint on the new 650/800? Dealership is about 1 1/2 hours away and just do not want to pay stealership prices nor travel that far and wait and then travel back. I was also excited about the 800 when it was first announced but got Buell Uly because I got tired of waiting.
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  5. gordo5

    gordo5 Roadkill

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    I had the single and am now on the twin and routine stuff is night and day. Oil changes on the single were nuts and it's pretty conventional on the twin. You can access the battery by just removing the center panel instead of two or three on the single. I haven't had to change a bulb on the 658 yet, but it looks like childsplay where as it was a small nightmare on the single (pre 2004, anyway).

    Gord
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  6. OrangeEnvy

    OrangeEnvy Vicarious Adventurer

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  7. Dave92029

    Dave92029 Been here awhile

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    I traded in my 2005 R1200GS for a F650GS and then took the long way home over S1 to Mt. Laguna, Julian, and then across 78 to Escondido, CA. 120 miles of some wonderful mountain roads.

    The F650 is awesome!:clap

    I felt like the bike was glued to the road, and when I looked at the speedo I was surprised how fast I was riding and how secure the bike felt at those speeds. The "detuned" 800cc engine was always in the sweet spot in the curves. Lots of useful torque. The trip home was so much fun I can't wait to take the bike out again. :freaky

    yea, the seat will take some getting used to. I have a wind shield on order from Cee Bailey which should be here in two weeks which will make riding the freeway more pleasant. At speeds above 75 I'm aware of the wind blast. No turbulance, but the wind above that speed starts to cause fatigue. :eek1

    I have no intention to ride in the dirt and sand so the F650 seemed to make more sense to me, and I'm trilled! :lol3

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  8. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    Personally, I was very happy to see BMW switches on the F800GS. I was tired of the left hand gear on the KLR.

    Each to his own...
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  9. blackie

    blackie Still Hibernating

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    Congrats! let the farkling beginning (and dont forget to post pics :deal )
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  10. Dave92029

    Dave92029 Been here awhile

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    Here are the pictures I took at the dealership and on the ride home yesterday.

    http://photos-by-dave-mishalof.smugmug.com/gallery/6174966_jBMXh#389307796_7C22b

    I have a Cee Bailey light gray tint wind shield on order and the new Jesse luggage. The R1200GS Adv hand guards are already on the bike.

    Sure am glad I got out of the stock market. I would much rather have a new bike rather than stock market losses. :1drink
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  11. OrangeEnvy

    OrangeEnvy Vicarious Adventurer

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    It's a nice looking machine in my eye. Course I also like the looks of the MultiStrada too :)

    Is the Cee Bailey wind shield any larger than the OEM?

    Dan

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  12. Dave92029

    Dave92029 Been here awhile

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    Yes, I believe so. There is a prototype picture on their web site. I'm riding up to their shop tomorrow so they can use my bike to finalize the design and mounting. I should have my own sheild next week. I'll post pictures, with Cee Bailey's permission, next week.
    :clap :clap
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