which year F650GS twin best

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  1. manybike

    manybike Omnipresent Supporter

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    I have searched but have not found much info.
    Looking to buy a 650GS twin.
    currently looking at a 09 and a 2011.
    Were the 2011's better or improved in anyway ?
    lots of info on some of the issues but I was told that the 2011 models had improved.

    thanks
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  2. Reaver

    Reaver Why am I still here?

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    The 2012 is the best and last year. it had all the fixes done that were an issue on the older models as long as it was built after maybe Feb/12 so it has the new alternator style.

    I've had 2 '08's, an '09, '10 and '12 which all were fine and never failed because I addressed the known issues. An older one will be cheaper and you can get the required update parts used on Ebay.

    Finding a good deal in a color I like would be the first concern for me. The rest is bolt ons if you're handy.
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  3. bmwroadsterca

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    Go for the 2011. Check the headlight carefully for melting or fogging as the CEV-manufactured headlights are notorious for suffering heat damage from the stock halogen bulb. If the headlight is good replace the bulb with an LED. The headlight was quietly changed by BMW in 2013 to a unit made by Hella.
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  4. manybike

    manybike Omnipresent Supporter

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    Thanks for the info all.
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