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bmw f650 buying advice 1 month, 3 weeks ago #556855

Hi, I'm after an f650 for the lady in my life, (it's not a swap, so stay calm)...
I want her to have abs on it, going to lower it for her, we plan a trip to Europe, and she would like to ride rather than pillion.
It will get used as a runaround most of the time apart from the odd long run.
Any tips, advice on best years of bike, and mods/inherent weaknesses on the bikes welcome, both as an owner, and going to look when buying.
Thanks for any help here.

Re: bmw f650 buying advice 1 month, 3 weeks ago #556857

The G650 Xcountry 2008> (Yellow) would be worth looking at, and at 150kg could be ideal
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Re: bmw f650 buying advice 1 month, 3 weeks ago #556858

Will keep my eyes open for one to look at, thanks.

Re: bmw f650 buying advice 1 month, 3 weeks ago #556859

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Have a "twin" model from 2011, Issues....

Both callipers replaced under warranty
Standard seat is a plank!!
Standard screen requires upgrading

Benefits

Weight low down (under 200kg fully fuelled)and well balanced
Can get lowered versions
60+mpg
800cc engine with good torque, should be better for touring than a single(my view )


Glen-Coe.jpg

Re: bmw f650 buying advice 1 month, 3 weeks ago #556866

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for my lady I would rather chose different bike, well unless I stopped loving her.
www.f650gs.crossroadz.com.au/FFIntro.html
Anyway if at all choose the newest model possible.
Last Edit: 1 month, 3 weeks ago by robson.
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Re: bmw f650 buying advice 1 month, 3 weeks ago #556872

If she can cope with a 650 then she can cope with an 800 so go for the later for extra grunt.The ABS on both is mediocre so dont expect it to be much above not having it but if your off-road you will have it disabled anyway.

Accesories depend on your budget and time you want to spend on servicing the bike but the usual sump plate,crash bars,larger screen,good tyres and extra lighting will all make it a safer and comfier ride.

Whats your budget on the bike?
Last Edit: 1 month, 3 weeks ago by Andi_Archer.
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Re: bmw f650 buying advice 1 month, 3 weeks ago #556878

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Have you looked at the F650CS ?
My partner has one and she loves it. Seat height from stock is very low she is just over 5` and can get both feet down. It averages about 75mpg , maintenance free belt drive and handles very well much better than my funduro. Ok the styling is not to everyones taste but its worth a look.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_F650CS#/media/..._F650CS_3-4_view.jpg
1980 rs100, 1990 fj1200, 1993 xt225 serow, 1997 funduro, 1998 zzr600, 1999 cg125 scrambler, 2011 xt1200z
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Re: bmw f650 buying advice 1 month, 3 weeks ago #557040

I have sourced a nice 2011 gs,and a lowering kit,let's hope she likes it....so thank you all for your input here.
I'm hoping it can sustain a happy 70/ 75 mph, I'm sure it will with aplomb...
Last Edit: 1 month, 3 weeks ago by gooseneck.

Re: bmw f650 buying advice 1 month, 3 weeks ago #557062

Andi_Archer wrote:
If she can cope with a 650 then she can cope with an 800 so go for the later for extra grunt.The ABS on both is mediocre so dont expect it to be much above not having it but if your off-road you will have it disabled anyway.

Accesories depend on your budget and time you want to spend on servicing the bike but the usual sump plate,crash bars,larger screen,good tyres and extra lighting will all make it a safer and comfier ride.

Whats your budget on the bike?


But the 800 is a fair bit taller than the 650/700 twin. The OP said that the bike would need lowering so the 800 is probably not the thing.

If it's the 650 single that the OP is after the later G650GS can be picked up for reasonable money. Depending on your idea of reasonable of course.

Re: bmw f650 buying advice 1 month, 3 weeks ago #557101

I bought a 2012 sertao, which I am lowering, I know two steps up, one down, but it fits the needs I have once lowered.
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