2009 BMW F 650 GS — Motorcycle Magazine

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2009 BMW F 650 GS

The bikes in BMW’s GS all share a common trait: ready for adventure. The smallest and dual-sport is the G 650 GS single, followed by one, which dons a F 650 GS but whose 800cc parallel-twin plant has more in common the F 800 GS. In fact, what we see here is not a at all, but a detuned version of the F engine.

So, we could even say the F 650 is a mix of the G 650 GS and the F 800 GS.

Apparently, the odd choice of name for bike had something to do with and discontinuing of certain GS models. to BMW, the G now designates single-cylinder machines, while F bikes are all models.

And so on that note, take a look at the 800cc they call a 650.

to the F 800 GS, at roughly two grand less the is more budget-minded and street-oriented. The notable difference between the two is in the detuned engine; while the 800 85 horses, the 650 makes a healthy 71 hp, by different cams that the characteristics of high torque at engine speeds, while excellent fuel economy.

Spoked wheels are standard on the but are replaced on the 650 with metal sporting street-enduro radial And the 800’s inverted USD fork is 2mm and travels 4mm farther than the traditional telescopic fork, the 800 the obvious choice for overcoming found off the pavement. However, the suspension is quite capable and in corners, and leaning the bike is easy and tons of fun.

No adjustment in front makes for a bit of jump on acceleration, but you get used to the front-end feel pretty Other details, such as on the 800’s 21″ front wheel the single disc on the 650’s 19″ wheel, further justify the MSRP.

I don’t particularly riding off-road, but for the sake of the GS a more complete test, I a few turns riding on gravel and with plenty of deep Even with the street-oriented Battle Wing radials the GS handled the light duty Getting the center of gravity low by on the good-sized footpegs was easy, and steering made maneuvering the potholes effortless.

But for the unavoidable ruts, the long travel does a good job of the impact. If you’re going to some time in the dirt, BMW the rubber on the pegs so you can just them off, leaving dirt bike pegs serrated teeth.

Back on the the 650 is light, nimble, and quick. The stepped six-gear transmission is and offers plenty of range the gearbox. The sitting position is comfortable, with a nice in the elbows and knees, and easy to the wide bars.

The seat the rider to position himself in a of places, but the farther back I put my the more lean (and I felt in my upper torso. I the most comfortable position was as far as I could get. Of course, may have a couple of issues this particular position, the crotch meets the tank.

The cushiony seat padding has give, but its small width too much weight on the center of the tailbone. On my longest trip the bike, I began to feel a ache in my lower back about an hour of riding. I the discomfort for the length of my ride, but I reached my destination, sitting on a sent pain from my all the way up my back.

If this were my I’d have to look into seat options.

Our tester with the standard option installed, which for an additional includes heated grips, on-board computer, and white signals. The low seat option, knocks an inch off the stock seat height, is available for no If you need to go even lower to 30.1″), you’ll have to up another $250 for the lowered

The tiny fairing doesn’t much protection on the highway, but so, I didn’t struggle against the The cockpit is smartly designed, the speed up front and center, the tach underneath. To the left are the instrument and warning lights, and to the far an LCD readout with a clock, trip meters, and service display.

If you opt for the onboard computer like our had, you’ll also get a capacity and coolant displays, and a indicator. Toggle through the computer by using the info located on the left grip. on the left grip is a big ABS button, is used to turn the antilock off should you decide to venture off the path.

The heated grips well, and operating the high/low/off is simple with the push of the thumb.

I’ve heard a lot of about BMW’s big paddle signal buttons, with the button on the right grip. they’re big and utilitarian looking, but though it’s not a conventional they work really I only hit the horn button a times while getting to them. And you also get hazard

BMW F 800 GS

I still can’t figure out why aren’t standard issue on streetbike these days.

The gas is located under the seat, the center of gravity low and centered. The is located in the right rear, makes fill-ups easy for you’ve got a tankbag attached. I to mount tailbags, and the flat combined with the metal rails and plenty of bungee options made it easy.

chain maintenance and tire easier, a somewhat crude-looking, centerstand will cost you an $175, but it’s worth penny when you need it

Quite frankly, this is a bike. Its low seat, narrow and standard seating position it ideal for commuting and back exploring. It’s easy to but also tempts the more rider to test his capabilities by it to new limits.

For more comfortable duty, converting the GS into a adventure bike is easy, if got a pocket full of cash to through the Motorrad’s catalog of But even if you don’t, purchasing the 650 is a way to be introduced into the club. As one of most affordable streetbikes, the F 650 GS plenty of bang for the buck.

—By Tricia Szulewski, Photos By Bob

Optional Equipment

Low Suspension,

Heated Handgrips, $250


Tire Pressure (TPM), $250

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