BMW 650 GS Dakar – Motorbikes Reviews, News & Advice –

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BMW 650

GS Dakar (January 2005)

bikes brag about ability to go anywhere. This one can do it

I was in Cape York a couple of ago, Fruit Bat Falls one of my favourite places, and while I was a young Japanese bloke up on a Honda XR250. This soul had ridden from on his little XR and was bound for the still-distant tip of He carried everything he needed and was content to be on his own.

On another to the Cape I met a young Israeli on leave from military She was riding an utterly inappropriate and consequently having awful with river crossings, but the Japanese bloke was absorbed in her with self-reliance in a dangerous that can kill you quicker country music if you’re not

Thousands of people, not all of them motorcyclists, discover Australia and the of the world on two wheels, thereby what we call the adventure market. It’s a niche but one worth pursuing for the manufacturers, and why we have bikes like the BMW 650 This BMW is one of the most capable as a in what will work on and dirt.

It’s more oriented than the Honda although not as fast, and will take you wherever you want to go if you the skills to manoeuvre a big bike 193kg – and considerably with all the stuff you’re to take on the long and corrugated brick road to Fruit Bat


It’s a 652cc, twin-overhead cam four-… and develops (50hp) at 6500rpm. Maximum is 60Nm at a low 4500rpm so you don’t to ring its neck to get good power. The engine is fuel but throttle response at low revs is a bit

Not until you hit 3000rpm does the come alive; then it good throttle response the midrange and into the top end.

The isn’t what you’d a quick bike, and the engine a fast revver like the Husaberg 650 is a fast revver, but as reliable as a Mexican housemaid and a drink. Our bitumen-only fuel was 23.3km/l. Our bitumen-plus-gravel consumption was better, because of the lower speeds, at 24.3km/l.

BMW says the ‘useable fuel is 17.1 litres – reserve we presume – so you get around 400 kays before up at Greasy Joe’s for your daiquiri and battered sav.

BMW maximum speed is 170km/h but I saw The gearing favours road as it should, but is low enough for rough if you don’t take the notion of virgin territory too far. You be riding up Machu Picchu.

again, I took the Dakar trails and back roads we use to enduro bikes and it was easy This bike will go the 1200 won’t, because of its manoeuvrability, but don’t let this 193kg get away from you on stuff or you’ll be looking for ego in Pethidine Plaza.


It’s road but dirt capable. I thought the felt stiffer than the and there’s bugger-all adjustability at end. The 650 handles sharp-edge better than the 1200 but neither of them does it as as the KTM950 V-twin.

Still, the suspension setup has no obvious and will get this machine you want to go – until you run out of

The test bike had Michelin dual-purpose tyres, which are on dirt or gravel but as useful as a on a blue-tongue once you go off-road.(When you mud, the lower fork will also be an impediment to Keep the Michelins for bitumen or touring, but if you’re planning dinkum off-road work to Metzler’s Karoo knobby. are two sizes for the Karoo rear, a and a 140/80-17. The larger tyre to ‘push’ the front end a bit so go for the 130, like it.


The BMW has everything you need to travel distances quickly and comfortably. Was anything I didn’t like? The ABS on dirt.

Even BMW hates it and you turn it off when leaving the The rear brake constantly between on and off and it’s a pain in the Plus the floating rear is noisy on rough terrain.

There’s one other thing I do like about this it’s great value for At $13,800 (plus $1000 if you ABS, but you don’t) it’s slightly dearer than any variety trail bike, and you can do a sight more on a 650 Dakar you can on one of those.






ABS on dirt

Tiny (the pillion pegs are

Paper air filter

QUIK – BMW F650 GS Dakar

Type: Single cylinder four-…

Displacement: 652cc

delivery: Injection

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