Distance on F650GS Single
[QUOTE=wkoppa;886364]Bought a new 650 this Spring. A white one because my buddy said yellow bikes were unlucky. Trying to put some miles on it. A little over 2K so far. Plowed up and down the road and have done some light trail riding with it (I take care of an ORV trail so it was really trail riding). If it had an aggressive tire on the front I think you could almost go anywhere. Everything seems to work pretty well. Centerstand could be an inch higher. Glad I got the factory expandable bags. Found a factory solo seat used. Just as unforgiving as the double seat but provides a little more storage. Mileage has varied from 59 mpg to 61 mpg with 56 mpg overall. Wish it had more fuel capacity. Everyone seems to get better mileage than I do. Put the mid sized Ztechnik windshield on it and should have went with the tall one (and I tend to be on the undertall side). Did 670 miles in one day on it in the UP of Michigan and it feels good enough to do some long days. Its a little early to say but this could be a very good all around ride.
I rode my 06 F650GS to the MOA Rally in Oregon this year and it worked great for the most part. I used a Sargent seat with a sheepskin which worked well for me on several 600+ mile days. I hope all is well.
Maple City, Mi
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Thanks for the ping John.
We just got things cleaned up (mainly) from the Canoe Marathon and Bicycle Tour so I was able to take a trip.
Friday night just got back from Hyder. Made it there and back in one piece in a little less than seven days.
Made some changes to the bike. I have sent the solo seat away to D & N Upholstery in Blissfield, MI (POC David Bailey). You can see a slight raised area where the jell pads are in the new seat and it does have a crease but it works (under 200.00). Added some lights and put a 3.5L auxiliary tank that fits into the storage area of the solo seat (without the lid in place). It automatically feeds into the main tank and gives me an easy 250 mile range. To make it work I have to fill the main tank on the side stand (close the cap) then put the bike on the center stand and fill the aux tank. I got the mid size Ztechnik screen but should have gotten the taller one. Went one tooth bigger on the counter shaft which seems to take some of the buzzyness out of it above 70 mph. Was getting a little over 60 mpg while moving along at a pretty good pace. I always seem to get worse mileage than others. I think I like it.
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Good suggestion on the seat...
[QUOTE=f650624;886286]I'm not sure who BMW made the F/G650GS (single) seats for, but they weren't human. I first had a '99 F650 and now have an "03 F650GS. I couldn't go 50 miles on the stock seat without having to stand, a lot. A Corbin fixed the problem for me. Between the 2 650s I now have over 88,000 miles with my longest being 3 Alaskan rides, from South Dakota. Get an aftermarket seat and you will have a new riding experience.[/QUOTE]
First time posting so I hope I don't mess this up!
Good feedback on the seat... I ride a 2010 G650gs and agree with the seat comments. Mine is a low seat which probably exaggerate the issue.
Stock seat is just fine for commuting but I went on a few longer trips this summer and experienced "a lot of numbness down below". I've been looking at seat pads as a possible quick/cheap solution. Any thoughts?
Also, any suggestions on windshield? I have a laminar lip on my stock windscreen and it works quite well at reducing buffeting but I would like wind protection for the arms/shoulders...