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post #1 of 10 Old 05-30-2008, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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F650GS early on impressions

First of all I'm not the greatest writer or bike rider so with that in mind hear goes! All on road so far

First drive off the lot wow it obiviously soaks up bumps very well, Had pretty good power to take off with and get out of the way but not so much as to wheelie with out some work It is probably not as quick as my Subaru WRX but close, more importantly it has the torque to move you while already up to speed with out a lot of changing gears, but i tend to favor a gear that has good pick up(not always top gear). Turn in seems alittle slow to start but once over it goes pretty quick so I think it is the flat spot due to the 4k miles already on the bike were mostly highway, so once it breaks the edge it is easy, will revisit this when new tires are put on(not for a while i mind you)! I believe that it will be very quick and once new tires are on! Also i've been off a bike for 5 months so i'm not doing the nicky hayden thing of sliding the rear in the corners if you know what i mean here Not that i did any way cept the time i fell off

Even with that I haven't set the rear preload (no adjustments on front ) yet but it is very simple i've adjusted it at almost every stop, so far twisting 2 times tighter each time and i have no idea how much that actually adjusting cause i haven't looked yet it but it still seems to bounce alittle more when in corners than i prefer but i do like it stiff

The expandable bags are very trick and user friendly!! so much so that i plan to use them daily probably! unsure about that though.

Brakes seem pretty strong enough. Not done any endo's yet but I haven't done enough quick stops to judge this yet as i was in a hurry to get it inspected and then home to clean out it's spot in the Garage!! So more to follow! I will say that i think it could use a bit of fresh fluid and bleeding cause i just don't think it has the stiffness it ought to with it having stainless lines already Also haven't gotten the ABS to not squeak the tires yet either.

One thing that does have me pondering is the seemly loud drive train or tire noise not sure which it is yet. From about 60 to uhm 80+ it picks up a roar.

Interstate driving is great it has plenty of power in the top gear to go to 65 to 85 very quickly

The view in the mirrors are like other BMW's i've driven very good not just elbow viewers but once on highway the have alot of buzz so you just see an object can tell what it is

Does not seem to have a steering lock

So far if I were to pull the coolest and un coolest part of the bike so far

Coolest Corbin seat no heated grips na power na the 70mpg (the whole package , really to me its important to have enough power to get on down the road but not too much to make you want to be a holigan)


uncoolest had to think on this awhile but so far i guess the steering lock deal or buzz in the mirrors. But it is a thumper!!

Again lots more to come!!

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sweet!!! Glad you're liking it!

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Great. First impressions mean a lot. Keep this thread updated as you jump into it further. I like first person accounts of what people think of different bikes.

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Nice. I'm still looking at that R1200GS at the local honda dealer. I can't believe it hasn't sold yet. Rock on!

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Nice. I'm still looking at that R1200GS at the local honda dealer. I can't believe it hasn't sold yet. Rock on!
That is one sweet bike. It would fit your style nicely.

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That is one sweet bike. It would fit your style nicely.
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Very cool. We'll have to get them both together in Pisgah and trade off to compare/contrast. I have always had a soft spot for the Dakar edition 650GS.

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Good stuff. One of the guys I rode to Cobleskill with yesterday has the big GS and it's quite a bike. Looks like it could go anywhere. Interesting to watch him mount it - he's shorter than me, probably 5'7" or so - and he climbs a peg and then throws a leg over. It's a tall bike.

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Great to read your impressions, all of bike nuts can get a feel for what it's like to ride different bikes that way.

How about that dual windshield set up? How's the wind protection? And is it weird to look through the windshield at the gauges?

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