Took awhile, but our garage finally has an adventure bike added to the mix. We drove to Kettering, OH today and picked up a 2001 BMW F650GS with 8000 miles. Never been down, paint and body in great condition, heated grips, accessory plug and BMW hard side cases. Needs tires, still has original Metzlers which have decent tread left but are dry rotted and cracked from age. Needs some TLC, aluminum engine cases are oxidized, plastic side panels and switch controls are faded and oxidized. Chain has 8 years of lube on it, as does the chain guard and rear wheel. Pipes and exhausts are discolored, and several rusty fasteners all over the bike. Looking forward to tomorrow, a Sunday's worth of elbow grease will bring very satisfying results I'm sure.
It rides great, impressive power for what it is and extremely easy to handle. Want to put tires on it before we take it out for a major ride, but the drivetrain seems solid and strong. Gin can toe it now without lowering but I plan to install 1" Kouba links in the rear and raise the forks in the front, which will let her almost flat foot it. It already sits lower stock than her lowered 599, so an added inch will be plenty.
Here's some initial pics, I'll post up some more as I dive into detail work tomorrow.
Love at first ride
Backed my truck up against a retaining wall at the owner's business and rode it right in. Fit fine in the bed at an angle, strapped it down and rode great coming home.
We took a detour a few miles further east and stopped by Competition Accessories in Springfield, OH. Love that store, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha dealer, along with the largest accessory and clothing showroom I've seen in the Midwest. Just browsed, tried on some boots and bought some chain lube, then headed homeward.
Got back in town and decided to look for a similar spot to unload instead of trying to back it down a ramp. Finally turned into a city park and found a secluded road with a ditch to back into and bank to onload the bike.
Worked well, I backed it off onto the grass and held it there while Gin pulled the truck up, then I just rode down on the pavement, first off road experience with no problem.
She took it from there and rode home, said it feels totally different than anything she's used to riding but she adapted quickly and loves it.
I'm excited to have a new project, not that I don't have enough projects already but a new bike in the garage always gets me going. Tons of aftermarket and factory support for these bikes, as well as a very helpful forum, The Chain Gang. Just want to get it all polished up and looking as good as possible first, replace the tires, do all the maintenance. Then I'll start looking at a few functional mods like engine guards and hand guards, maybe check out exhausts.
More to come...