BMW F650GS — review and opinion — Not in the same class as the 1200 but…

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Not in the same class as the 1200 but a lovely bike

BMW had an image a few years back – whilst the they made were they tended to appeal to … riders, and had the reputation of just a bit uncool.

Then along two actors, who had some idea about riding the world, and the rest was history – or

The GS range of bikes had been for about twenty years or so – were big, heavy and Most owners harboured a that given the opportunity too could take a few months off leave the wife and kids at (note the male bias) and off into the wilds with best mate.

Of course is in reality it never actually out that way, but such is the that dreams are made of.

You can still get a 1200cc version of the bike ‘as shown on TV’ but they’ll you the fat end of Ј12,000, and whilst they no inherent vices, you still to be a ‘proper’ biker to handle one any degree of competency.

The F650GS appeared in the 1990s – and was a cut down of the ‘litre plus’ version – it was a single cylinder model, but in it acquired the latest parallel engine (as opposed to the traditional twin of the ‘R’ series.

Whilst it itself a 650, in fact really a 900cc engine down’ to match the performance of a

Bizarrely, there’s also an which has ‘full’ performance, and a of higher specification accessories, but is, as they say, another

The F650GS has several distinctly ‘un characteristics;

For starters it has a conventional drive (Bigger BMs have drive) It also has conventional front forks (as opposed to the and monoshock setup on R machines)

also a lot lighter, narrower, and all cheaper, but the stylists have had day, and from a distance, the looks surprisingly like ‘big brother’.

I got a loan of a from the BMW dealer when my was getting an annual service, and my sister commented that she my bike was a different colour, she twig that it was an entirely machine altogether!

Riding was an absolute delight.

ridden ‘conventional’ BMWs for five years, the bike struck me as being far slimmer and than what I had become to.

Of course it lacked the awe-inspiring of the R engine, and it didn’t have the but top end power certainly wasn’t

Climbing on board I was struck by the how small it felt, although it wasn’t cramped.

Taking the down the Edinburgh Bipass I was impressed how freely it revved – it a bit more throttle than I was to, but it more than made up for when it got moving.


The lower emant that the engine have to work as hard to get to speed, and it felt perfectly

There’s a patch of semi-paved at my work, I’ve often this to test semi-offroad – whilst the surface is pretty it’s predictably so (it consists of two cubes at six inch centres) – the big had no trouble negotiating the lumps and and overall it was surprisingly manageable.

On the to the garage I hit a tailback on the bypass, and to take the backroads – the character changed from Autobahn tourer to nimble footed and in no time I was cutting through traffic.

The slender styling and up’ riding posture was well to the task.

It’s considered to refill the tank after a demonstrator out, however I was for time – interestingly, instead of the fuel in the usual position the engine, BMW have placed the under the back seat – it offers a lower centre of

In any case – the de-tuned 900cc was remarkably frugal and having driven about 20 miles I I could have put the ‘minimum into the tank. About should be easily achievable, and without being especially

The bike has the ability to have range of BMW accessories fitted; computer, heated grips, luggage and so on – the grips were welcome in the middle of February having got used to them I can’t understand why anyone buy a bike in the UK *without* heated

The cost of such a magnificent – to you, about six grand!

Would I buy one myself? well I’ve only just paying for my 1200, probably not now, but if the truth be said, actually a bit more practical, and it lacks in power (and only a relative term) it than makes up for in terms of and sheer fun factor.

When it to replacing my existing bike, certainly give this one consideration.

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