The G650 GS Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by LarryGee, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    I did a search, but was more concerned about a timeline and a fix. The threads are what caused the question. I might be interested in these bikes.

    As for kicking a dead horse, this IS a discussion forum, no?
  2. bajafrenzy

    bajafrenzy Adventurer

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    Sure it is. Just trying a friendly redirect to a more appropriate thread. Once this gets brought up, it quickly digresses from a discussion to a shitstorm. Just trying to avoid that in this thread as there are already threads devoted to this topic. We enjoy coming to this thread to get warm and fuzzy feelings and drool over everyone's mods.
  3. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    Gotcha....

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  4. pyoungbl

    pyoungbl Colonel Blood

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    Golly, if you have lots of time to kill there is a 26 page discussion on the Chain Gang site...one devoted to nothing but the BMW 650 thumper in all its variations. http://f650.com/forum/showthread.php?7487-Catastrophic-F650GS-Fork-Failure&highlight=broken+fork

    Note that this discussion started in 2008 so it's very old news. Oh, and I have had no problems with my G650GS either.
  5. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    Nice, I just put my Leo on this past weekend... What a difference!


  6. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    Yeah, like BajaFrenzie mentioned,

    Also, there were a few cases up until the 2003 models from what I've researched.. and as mentioned they have since been redesigned.

    One posting has made it all over the web but it's not a "bunch" of cases... It was one case and it is the same one that was referred to all the time... and even that case seems like there were other factors in play that resulted in breakage.

    I used to be worried but not anymore.


  7. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    I noticed in my "quick" searches not much showed up. The more I look at these bikes, the more I like them and/or the Sertao. I'm probably a year away from being ready to buy, just starting to research so thanks for bearing with me, all.

    I'll probably have more stupid questions.....
  8. Sotz

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    No issues with the forks either. I saw that post some time back, but have not heard of any bike here suffering from that particular defect.
  9. ZBone

    ZBone Been here awhile

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    In response to someone's question a few posts back, after several drops my experience has shown me that the TT Fairing Guards are more than adequate protection. That said, your concern about a lack of strength in the rear of the guard is warranted and on point. Several times I've had to grab a handful of one of my guards and pull it off the fairing. No damage has been caused to either fairing, but it will bend up against it in harder falls. I'm convinced that the fairing itself has been engineered to take a decent amount of damage. I've even considered removing the guards, but I bought 'em, might as well keep 'em on. In my opinion the TT guard adds enough protection so that no major damage will be caused to the fairing, but if you want a rock solid guard you may want to look at other options. Here's two of several naps Serts has taken with the bars installed.
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  10. grayroamer

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    Sweet looking bike.
    What's ballpark cost of going to spokes and 21-incher?
  11. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    Like ~ $1400 USD You can spend a little less but you can also spend a little more depending on the hubs and stuff you get.

    For my price I got two new Takasago Excel Rims and two BMW hubs (like new but used ) and the sets of heavy grade spokes... + assembly and trued included.
  12. grayroamer

    grayroamer LTL B

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    Thanks for the reply!
  13. kid_A

    kid_A who dat ninja

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    Anyone ever have their GS get stuck in second? I was riding home on the interstate yesterday and I pulled off to get gas, and the thing just would not kick down into first. It was only until I started it up, got going in second and pounded on the lever that it finally went down into first. Just thought I'd ask. Probably nothing, but I didn't know if this was a prevailing issue anyone has come across.
  14. guavadude

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    I've had this happen at stops sometimes. Usually I just roll the bike forward a bit, working the clutch and I then I can shift. I wouldn't force it.
  15. Paultergeist

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    New member here......I just wanted to say that I really appreciate stumbling upon this forum -- and this thread in particular.

    I am planning (hoping) on a motorcycle purchase within the next year, and I am down to 3 candidates:

    G 650 GS (BMW)
    F700 GS (BMW)
    650 V-Strom (Suzuki)

    As I locate these sort of threads, it is really useful information to learn of the likes and dislikes encountered by others. My thanks go out to all who take the time to share their experiences and observations for the benefit of others such as myself.
  16. Nickcamera

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    iI'm loving it![​IMG]
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  18. PhillyTransplant

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    We picked up the wife's graduation present today.
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    A few farkles are on the way, but the most important one was these:
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    She had been riding a Ninja 650r for the last few years, and I promised her a White BMW upon graduation.
  19. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    Very cool.

    You're a good man.

    :clap
  20. BreakNeckSpeed

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    I have been lurking around here for quite a few years, I've been riding my vintage enduros for years and have decided to expand my riding. After Kennyva and I did the Tn. section of the TAT on the vintage Yamahas we decided the old girls just weren't suited for striking out on the never ending trails and then having to hit the blacktop and head back to home or trailer at highway speeds for long distances on the vintage bikes. I have been waiting for the right deal to come along and have been looking mostly at the KLR. My buddy's other ride is a '10 Dakar and when I saw this on my local CL, it seemed to good to pass up. What do you all think? '11 with 12 months and 20k miles of remaining warranty. It's been regularly serviced and had the chain and sprockets replaced. It just had a new rear tire and new battery installed. It has the Happy Trails side racks with the Pelican waterproof cases. I paid $4975 which was what he owed on the bike. It was dirty as hell because it was a daily rider but, nothing a little elbow grease didn't fix...:D

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