The firm's successor to the long-lived and popular entry-level F650 single is, confusingly, being based on the F800GS, neither a single (it’s a parallel twin) or a 650 (it’s 798cc) – so perhaps not surprisingly it’s miles better than the old one. I'm 5'9 & can just get my feet flat on the ground, something I couldn't do with the RT even with the optional lowered seat fitted. So there are alloys in place of wires, steel not alloy handlebars, no bash plate and less bodywork including a lower screen, not to mention the less sophisticated suspension. Regarding the chassis characteristics, responsible for road holding, handling behaviour and ride confort, the BMW F650GS have a frame with front suspension being and in the rear suspension it is equiped with . Buying experience: I was lucky, I bought it new from a main dealership when the interest rates were in our favour, £6,300.00 all in, (bargin). The 800cc twin from Rotax is a delight, smooth, quiet & docile when ridden gently, but can also behave like a bit of a holligan when pushed to its limits. On that, the stock Battle Wings are mince. Part of the fun is adding accessories - I've tried to make mine crash-resistant with engine bars, pannier frame and handguards, plus a taller screen and a modified seat - yes, the original is a bit firm(!). Center stand? This is a surprisingly good bike. You'll be glad that you have it, just not ecstatic. BMW F800GS - An adventure bike version featuring the same engine, but with 85bhp. For the new F 650 GS, BMW has focused on improving the bike’s ergonomic profile and making it even kinder to beginning and returning riders. It’s both flexible and novice-friendly, yet with top end to be truly versatile. Stable on motorways even overtaking HGVs at 80mph abroad . With more basic, shorter-travel suspension than its F800GS brother and a smaller front wheel the F650 has both a low, novice-friendly seat height (and an even lower 765mm low seat kit is available as an extra) plus more predictable and secure road-orientated handling. Replaced original seat with Sargent seat original very uncomfortable after 30 miles. You want a gas gauge instead of a warning light (at this price! Fuel consumption 55+ mpg and no oil between services. Superb! VAT no 918 5617 01 All specifications, performance and fuel economy data of BMW F 650 GS (R13) (37 kW / 50 PS / 50 hp), edition of the year 2003 up to 2003, including acceleration times 0-60 mph, 0-100 mph, 0-100 km/h, 0-200 km/h, quarter mile time, top speed, mileage and fuel economy, power-to-weight ratio, dimensions, drag coefficient, etc. I sat on it and immediately pulled away into a feet up U-turn, no trouble at all. Build quality seems excellent, I ride mine all year round & although it gets washed regularly, it seems to be made of very good quality materials. Oil and filter that's just about it, I have fitted a k&n air filter, that's better than the paper rubbish. My instructor said it was 'exceptional'. Registered Office: Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA H Bauer Publishing, Clever design makes it look smaller and lighter than it actually is. Well I did 1200 miles over three days on it and it was fine. Similarly there was a recall on one of the radiator hoses, so if your buying, check that it has been replaced. A taller windscreen, similar to the F 650 GS Dakar’s. It have to disagree with a few of "Anonymous's" points, I have had my 2008 650GS for just under 12 months now and it is a great bike. Odd engine bolt corroded slightly and abs rotor. It really is astonishingly low: with 28" inside legs I can comfortably flat foot it both sides. If you haven't tried an F650 you really should, you would be surprised. BMW owners, even those new to the fold, are staunch individualists, which is why there are so many options and accessories available for the new F 650 GS. It brings back the feelings of a new rider again... just FUN. To accommodate riders of different heights, several seat options are available for the F 650 GS. No rattles, rust, flaking. Pulls in 4th from 1500rpm and 70mph low vibe cruising, with a margin for brisk overtaking. Not only does this placement improve chassis packaging, it dramatically reduces the bike’s overall center of gravity, making the GS feel smaller and lighter – considerations critical to the beginning rider. Sergeant seat is better. The "650" is a lowered version of the F800GS and mine is (I believe) the lowered version of the 650. Buying experience: From a bmw specialist. And then there's the price of BMW service. Ricor front fork inserts reduce dive and eradicate pattering. It was fine when I examined it before and after the test ride. BMW F650 GS Dakar version launched with taller suspension and higher screen. Head bearings a real issue. Between 1995 and 2003, BMW has sold more than 110,000 F 650s, with 32 percent of the latest versions going to female riders (worldwide).