The G650 GS Thread

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

  1. LPRoad

    LPRoad Curmudgeon

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    This is what I like to hear. Someone with a long history of riding speaking simply. I won't be getting a new bike until next summer, but several models keep vying for attention (the G650GS being one of them).

    One question. My wife is trying to steer me away from a single cylinder engine. She claims the ride quality at speed for longer trips is a deal killer. I've never spent any time on a single. Her experience is from a little Suzuki GZ250.
  2. ZBone

    ZBone Been here awhile

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    The G650GS is probably the most comfortable single on the market. Take that for what you will. It goes all day at 75-80 comfortably, but is it a big twin? No.

    That said, there's a handful of guys in the Sertao thread that have both the R1200GS and the G650GS. One of them is apparently selling the 1200 because he enjoys the 650 so much. "Fell in love with the Sertao. Light, fast, handles great. It takes a little time to tune it right but when it's done it's perfect for what it is. So comfy on the road I can say at least 80% of the comfort level of the R1200GS." His words not mine, and I've never traveled on a 1200 so I can't verify that statement, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
  3. SnakeBreak

    SnakeBreak Been here awhile

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    Well it is not a Goldwing, but it has better long trip characteristics than many V-twins. My KTM 990ADV has more vibration at speed for example. I think you will find wind protection more of an issue than the single cylinder on long rides.
  4. LPRoad

    LPRoad Curmudgeon

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    Thanks. I will admit I do not have as sensitive a posterior as my wife, so I will take that into account as well :D
  5. ctoldie

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    A Madstadt windshield and winglets solve the wind problem. This combination
    almost puts you in a vacuum. Wind on your arms only with absolutely no helmet buffeting.
    The longest day on my 650 has been 9 1/2 hours, a combination of dirt roads, back roads, and highways. This bike is comfortable on all of the above.
  6. guavadude

    guavadude de-composer

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    +1 on the Madstad and winglets.
    The vibration from the single is different from the f650/700 twins I've test ridden. It's not a smooth ride but it's not a buzzy ride either. It was something I noticed when I first got the bike and now it doesn't bother me at all.

    Getting a flat seat makes a world of difference as well. I went with the Seat Concepts Dakar style, or high seat. It's a little stiffer than I would have liked but I think it will be fine once it breaks in more. The flatter position is much better than the U shaped torture stock seat.

    If this bike had a 6th gear it would pretty much be perfect. I can't count the number of times I've tried to shift into an imaginary 6th gear! Even after looking at the tach, knowing I'm in 5th I still do it. I do think going with the 47 tooth rear helped overall. It eliminated the low speed lugging and even though it increased the RPMs by about 500 on the highway, this seemed to help the bike run a little smoother.
  7. trrt

    trrt Been here awhile

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    But is Madstadt available for 2011+ model? Last time I checked it didn't seem to be.
    I agree wind buffeting is main comfort issue, not engine vibration.
    I don't find I am looking for a 6th gear. Bike seems to love running at 5500 rpm +/- which is about 80 mph indicated in 5 th gear.
  8. ctoldie

    ctoldie Been here awhile

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    Don't know if it's available on 2011. Call up Mark at Madstadt and put a bug in his ear. There are a lot of '11, '12, and '13's out there.
  9. reenmachine

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  10. trrt

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  11. mosey.levy

    mosey.levy Long timer

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    Who makes the winglets?
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    karmatourer STD free

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    Question for those who had the decompression lever installed:how long did it take? Service manager says 1 hour.Is that realistic?
  13. jc_puckett

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    MadStad adjustable or ZTechnik VStream or Cee Bailey ???

    I hope to be able to still use my Touratech GPS above gauges Bracket Adapter for my 2013 BMW G650 GS which fits the OEM windscreen perfectly.

    I am 5'-10" but have long torso and relatively short legs (29" inseam). I weigh 250 pounds and I also have a 2013 K1600GT.

    [​IMG]

    Jim Puckett
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  14. ctoldie

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    I don't think anyone makes them specifically for the 650. BMW does make them for the 1200, and they can be adapted to the 650. Expensive though, around $80. I made a pair out of a piece of 12"x12" black flexible selfstick tile I purchased from Home Depot. Cut it into 3, 4"x12" pieces, stuck them back to back to back to make them more rigid. Made a template from cardboard, and cut
    tile using template as a guide. Drilled two holes in black plastic to right and left of faux gastank. Screwed winglets in. These work very good, and tiles were .69 each. Sorry, no pictures. My bike is in CT, and I am now in FL. Here are some more made by a rider on F650 website:

    http://f650.com/forum/showthread.php?27921-Winglets&highlight=Winglets
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    MadStad adjustable or ZTechnik VStream or Cee Bailey ???

    Madstad would work as it is adjustable both for height and it also moves
    closer to you or further away. Not sure about the others.
  16. reenmachine

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    I just installed the same Altrider rack & Rotopax mount on my '11 for a 1.75gal gas and 1.75gal water. What do you carry on yours and how's it working out?
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    I have the rotopax mount with extension so I can carry 2 X 1 gal paxs. They work great, even on very technical stuff. Never leak, and they stay in place. I now take extra gas almost everywhere I go. In Idaho it is important to have range since gas stations can be far apart.
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    I have the same extension but with the 1.75gal containers. Hope my experience is as good as yours! I'm about to head into Death Valley with them for 5 days.
  19. SnakeBreak

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    Well you can get gas in Death Valley and with the 650GS you should be able to do almost anything there without worries. You will have a blast! :clap Very nice place to ride.
  20. reenmachine

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    Not where I'm going you can't! But I'll have plenty of range. Been there before without the extra capacity and just squeaked out. Now I'll have margin plus be able to go to a few new places.