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01 BMW F 650 GS discussion forum:
|JCBII said 2003-08-16 08:47|
I recently purchased my F650GS used from a local BMW dealer. It had approx. 2000miles on it when I took it off the dealerīs lot. Since then I have put 400miles on it, which have been primarily for commuting to/from work on surface streets. I have, however, had the chance to take it out on the freeway a few times. I thought about waiting a while before posting here, but figured I could always post a follow-up comment after a few more miles have been put on this bike (especially after I get the chance to take it on a few tours).
Likes: Looks - Obviously, I wouldnīt have purchased this bike if it didnīt look so nice. The overall appearance is stunning, in my opinion. Curves are in all the right places. Power - For a dual purpose (Called "Enduro" in my days) bike, the power is surprising. Iīve never ridden this type of bike at speeds around 80mph without any worries. It really seems to come alive at around 4000rpm, which I consider to be the sweet spot for this motorcycle. 80mph will require 5000rpm, though, but doesnīt seem to bother the engine one bit. I guess the dealer was right when he told me that this bike can be ridden cross country. Fairing and Instrumentation - Fairing really works at keeping most of the wind off of me. Some buffeting on my helmet, which I already had expected. Instrumentation is easy to read, even with direct sunlight on it. Gas cap - Love this! Cool looking, and very functional location just under passenger portion of the seat. Filling up was never so fun!
Dislikes: Primarily, the seat. Damn thing slopes towards the tank (The fake one, of course) and has me sliding into it all the time. I have adjusted to it for some reason and seem to be able to resist the forward slide a little more than when I first bought the BMW. Iīm considering replacing it with a Corbin seat, but I would really like to know if they have adequately addressed this problem before I shell out $300 for one. Low-end power - Not much torque under 3000rpm. This really makes lane-splitting a problem for me. Cars get the jump on me until I can get the rpm up enough to catch up to, and pass them. As a result, I have avoided lane splitting while commuting, and just hang back in my lane. Winds at high speed - Although I would actually have to rate this bike favorably when considering that it is a dual-purpose bike, it can be significantly affected by winds when traveling at speeds greater than 60mph. I guess that should be expected considering that it only weighs around 400lbs. While in traffic on the highway, I was pushed about by wind turbulence from other cars. Disconcerting at first, but I am getting used to it. Also, crosswinds can push you from one side of the lane to another if you are not quick enough to react. Letīs face it; itīs just not a heavy street cruiser (or even a medium weight one, for that matter). No fuel gauge - There is an idiot light that comes on when you have a little over a gallon of gas left. But for the price you pay for one of these machines, you would have expected an actual fuel gauge.
Actual problems: Sometimes, I am unable to pop the tranny into neutral when sitting at a light. When this occurs, I just keep the clutch lever pulled in until I get the green light. By the time I get to the next red light, I am able to put it in neutral. For some reason, this just isnīt that big of deal to me.
What could BMW do to improve the F650GS? Well, for me, the bike would be about perfect if it had a fuel gauge, a better designed seat, and more low-end power. Otherwise, this bike is a winner in my book.
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