Gear Thoughts: BMW F650GS Dakar vs. Kawasaki KLR650

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BMW F650GS Dakar vs. Kawasaki

They say that with a sport motorcycle, you get the best of worlds.

Have you wondered that trail fading off the woods? Want to explore corners of the world, travel distances, or just keep after the pavement ends? A sport might be the machine for

Now the classic question: which

There are several big adventure out there, but most are too heavy for than a dirt road. For the who wants to seriously get off pavement, only a few choices. You want light enough to handle trails but still capable of long stretches of pavement.

shootout is between the Kawasaki KLR 650 and the BMW Dakar.

Please note, post isn’t about the new model. It’s about a few years old. It’s getting the right machine at the price. Gear Thoughts is to the used market.

Like it’s a web site for the rest of us.

post is also based on a life story. About a ago, I found myself shopping. With the jingle of a change in my pocket, I was looking for a that offered:

Off-road capability

Reasonable performance

Reliability and durability

all day riding position

Low cost of

After some research, the F650GS Dakar and the KLR 650 appeared and center on my radar.

The KLR 650

Ronald was still President when the generation KLR rolled off the assembly in Japan. It would be twenty later (2008) before a redesigned KLR model was finally In between, there were minor modifications.

The 2008 KLR is too new so report focuses on the last year of the 1st generation (2007). The year of a model is often the year to buy. Prices drop when a new model is as many would-be buyers on to the latest/greatest.

Most systematic have also generally worked out in the last year of

The F650GS Dakar

First in 1999 as the Funduro, the F650GS was answer to the need for a light dual sport bike. than the F1100GS and far less the F650GS quickly developed a Unlike its shaft driven brother, the F650 was chain and powered by an Austrian built motor.

This BMW was unlike any before. The edition has useful offroad such as beefier and taller and a larger front wheel. The height of the Dakar is 34.5 compares to 30.7 inches for the F650 GS.

The Dakar also has a look to it, distinguishing the bike lesser models.

In 2007, were swirling about a new GS. The was on its way, a bike both and more powerful than the Pictures first appeared in the and deliveries were expected in the But there were many and the bike finally starting dealerships this autumn.

for the F800, many potential decided to hold off.

The GS is now available and the F650 GS was discontinued in marking it’s last of production. Supposedly another GS is under development but until its 2007 was the last year of for the F650 GS in the U.S. market.

Head to Head

The F650GS vs KLR Two capable 650cc adventure machines face off. the last year of production. with rabid, foaming at the cult like followings.

The below summarizes key differences.

Both bikes offer engines putting out similar According to the manufacturers, the BMW has a slight in the power department. In my road I barely noticed a difference.

On the the BMW may have the advantage but in typical riding, these two bikes are a draw.

Brakes: The KLR brakes are a spot. Some riders by installing a bigger front and stainless steel brake ABS is also not available. Advantage:


Off-Road: It’s a little so the KLR might have a slight off road. But with it’s fuel tank design, the BMW has a center of gravity. In performance probably a toss up but one factor be overlooked. Riding off road in terrain frequently results in a bike. Both bikes weak spots but for the Kawasaki, are easily remedied or replaced inexpensive aftermarket parts.

Should you break parts on the the cost is many times for repair or replacement. Advantage:

On-Road: These bikes are cylinder machines (thumpers). On the both bikes are underpowered on the and are prone to vibration. But they’re in town. Overall, on the road the KLR is refined and is a cruder machine.

The BMW better fuel mileage, has power delivery, and slightly top end. Advantage: BMW.

Hit To Wallet: At half the price of the the Kawasaki is a cheap way to get into sporting. Here in Colorado, I see only a year or two old for $3,700. of these machines are nicely Others have unbelievably low Drop down below and you’ll still find available but with substantially mileage.

Even so, on any given day are three or four KLR’s on Craigslist.

The Dakar is far rarer and asking prices are $7,500 and up. In my mileage also tends to be To find the right one, need a dose of luck, a to travel, and some patience.

Verdict: If money isn’t a it’s hard to argue an F650GS Dakar. It’s the F650GS and it’s a better than the KLR 650 is nearly every If you’re rarely going off there is no comparison.

Go with the

Money of course is a factor. For the price, you could probably buy TWO Think about that. Or you buy a Kawasaki and a bunch of farkles panniers, skid plates, and GPS

And you’d still have of cash left over.

I was shopping, I asked myself I really wanted. I decided I wanted a bike that I fix on the road. Even in the middle of I wanted something that be patched together with a bit of duct tape, and some

I also didn’t want to any anguish when I dropped it on a At the right price, I could crude construction.

So I decided on the Even with all of its faults, a very functional motorcycle. Any shop can fix it. Tried and tested, are abundant and cheap. Failure are well known.

Modifications, easy. And it’s a little better in the dirt, if for my willingness to push myself to the of my ability.

I purchased my black and ’07 KLR 650 last Spring. It had 400 miles on it and so I paid a little than the typical asking Already dropped once, a side panel was already zip

As part of the purchase, I negotiated a discount on gear, adding Crossfire boots and a few other to my list of equipment.



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