2003 BMW F650GS Dakar vs. Honda XR650L Road Test — Motorcycle USA

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Suzuki DR 650 R Dakar

2003 BMW F650GS Dakar vs. XR650L Road Test

high at Oceanside, the Dakar of the F650GS has a 34.3-inch seat compared to the standard version’s inches.

On The Road Again

as the XR is right at home on dirt and trails, the BMW shines brightly on the The very characteristics which the BMW cumbersome off-road helped it in the streetbike domain. The 652cc liquid-cooled engine is smooth as a colada at 11:00 a.m. and it is this bike was born to be — on the road, that is. The feels like a full-blown machine, with ample protection, a willing motor and gauges that include a

One particular journey exposed the strengths and weaknesses of the BMW. A round-trip from Medford to for the annual Oceanside Fly-in good use of the windscreen and plush while revealing a surprisingly ride and adequate rider during 300 miles of freeway

When darkness fell, the indicator reflects off the back of the making it difficult to see the road The GS’s low-beam, however, was not enough to cut through the dark sky. Stuffing a sock the gauges fixed the glare but didn’t gain the bike any points. Other than niggle, it is clear that comfort was part of its design

Thankfully, our test bike’s ABS were ready to scrub off without drama at a moment’s

The fly-in event drew 80 hang glider and paraglider to the quaint ocean village, and the terrain was a perfect opportunity to the dual-purpose capability of the Beemer. The is perfectly suited for retrieval-vehicle as it is capable of navigating the curves of 1 as well as the gravel and mud roads to the area. Many pilots and commented on how cool-looking the GS is and how they they could afford to add like it to their garage-full of

When we first tested pair of bikes we felt as the F650GS Dakar was 60/40 but after spending some on both bikes it became the BMW was more accurately a 70/30 This is a bike that belongs on the street yet retains the to venture off road.

Suzuki DR 650 R Dakar

Both the BMW Dakar and the Honda XR650L are by single-cylinder 4-… engines but the BMW powerplant is smoother and makes a bit power than the XR’s lump.

The dirt-oriented XR650L is not as as the Dakar but, make no the XR can handle the tarmac pretty The XR doesn’t protest when hard along twisty backroads, and its minimalist brakes do a good job at slowing the bike. didn’t begin with a machine but they did a pretty job of making the XR capable of moving along at speeds that are on the of the legal speed limit.

At higher speeds, the XR does’t nearly as stable as the GS and the windblast is at 65-70 mph. The Honda also transmits substantially vibration to its rider.

Still, the XR is fun to on the street. It makes its rider as though he’s doing illegal to be riding it on the street of its dirt bike origins. easier to succumb to that feeling on the XR, too. Wheelies are a and the mundane powerband makes modulation a piece of cake. The stance also brings up an topic: What if you blow a on the XR?

Should you just gas it and try to clear the or what? After all, it is a big bike and the rule has always When in doubt, gas it.

The BMW emerges as the far streetbike. Whether riding on backroads or long, boring the F650GS has a decided edge. in mind, though, that the performs better on the street the BMW does in the dirt.

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