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Thread: The *new* new G650GS

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    Looks nice. I'm trying to figure out the improvements though, (over the old F650 single/Dakar, and G650?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridewv View Post
    Looks nice. I'm trying to figure out the improvements though, (over the old F650 single/Dakar, and G650?)
    Other than the cosmetics (which are questionable, IMO), I would consider this a downgrade from the previous 'G.' No standard ABS, heated grips, or electrical socket. Cast wheels instead of spoked. 14l vs 17l tank. Hard to see a win here, unless they are cheaper. The bike is "made in Germany," but I am assuming the motor is still assembled in China, unless BMW suddenly started assembling the motors domestically after spending lots of dough to get production going in Loncin.
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    front fender?

    Once again BMW has gone for form rather than function with the very short front fender. Can't see the point of that....

    I've got a high - miles Funduro, with carbs, and the new machine certainly doesn't seem as functional as my 13 year old F650.

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    So....what would happen if BMW produced the Toyota Camry or Corolla of the motorcycle world? People buy the former (and latter) because they are so dependable.
    keep it light enough to travel.....
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    Overall, I think it is a better looking bike than it was before. The midsection looks smoother now and the beak and "tank" seem better blended into the overall shape than before. The headlight is non-typical, and follows BMW trademark unique "face" using asymetrical shapes. Though, it looks a bit like that goofy headlight on a Kawasaki Versys.

    I agree, the front fender is useless as it is. Why BMW insists on these stubby front fenders (all the way back to my 94 R1100RS) is beyond me. Maybe BMW feels that all manner of road crap slung directly onto the hot engine is just fine.

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    This should help this discussion.............. Alloy wheels????????????
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    This as well:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDYVH View Post
    I agree, the front fender is useless as it is. Why BMW insists on these stubby front fenders (all the way back to my 94 R1100RS) is beyond me. Maybe BMW feels that all manner of road crap slung directly onto the hot engine is just fine.
    As a strictly road bike, yes the fender is too short.

    For my tastes, I'd take it off all together to prevent mud jams on the front wheel. I did that on my 03 F650GS, and am in the process of doing so on my F800GS. I don't feel an off road bike should have a fender that close to the tire.
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    G 650 gs

    Maybe it's the price of gas in Europe, but this trend of reducing fuel tank capacity is keeping me from considering a lot of the new bikes.
    04 R1100s (gone), 92 K75s, 97 F650st

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    Quote Originally Posted by k75s View Post
    Maybe it's the price of gas in Europe, but this trend of reducing fuel tank capacity is keeping me from considering a lot of the new bikes.
    Don't think gallons, think range. The range is about 220 miles, assuming an average of 3.9 l/100km or about 60 MPG. The printed specs say about 73 MPG at 56 MPH and 55 MPG at 75 MPH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CellarRat View Post
    Once again BMW has gone for form rather than function with the very short front fender. Can't see the point of that....
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    Honestly.... I don't understand this either.

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    Perhaps the members of the design department have an ownership stake in Touratech?

    Alloy wheels suprised me too, AK. They are so hard to relace and true after a thumping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mika View Post
    Perhaps the members of the design department have an ownership stake in Touratech?

    Alloy wheels suprised me too, AK. They are so hard to relace and true after a thumping.
    I'll comment on the alloy wheels issue. One morning a couple years ago, beside the road near Chicken, Alaska, as I was replacing the punctured tube in the rear wheel of my travel-loaded F650 Funduro, I declared to Voni, God, and the world that I would never again buy a bike with tube-type tires (tyres for some of you) that had to be removed to repair. I don't like late 19th century/early 20th century technology. (Michelin, 1895; Strauss, 1911)

    When BMW came out with the F800GS twin and F650GSreallyan800butwecallit650 twin I was almost ready checkbook in hand to buy an F800GS but didn't because of those silly spoked wheels and tube-type tires. On that issue alone if I do decide to buy one of these it will be the one called the 650 due to alloy wheels and tubeless tires.

    I do understand that this will somewhat limit the bike's ability to be ridden off cliffs or through pot holes in Cleveland or New York City but I generally avoid doing that anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I don't like late 19th century/early 20th century technology
    We should assume the cast wheels are an easy retrofit, I'm guessing?
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