26 February 2011

New G650GS out in the US

Got a mail from SJ BMW this week that they'll have the new G650GS, the single cylinder bike, in the shop today.

As we were coming back from Chiro we stopped as the shop is not that far off our normal way home and took a look. It's a really good looking bike!

2011 BMW G650GS

In reality it looks much smaller than on this photo - the bike looks lightweight and small in person. The color combination as seen above is really awesome. Seat looked to be fine, instrument cluster clean and much more modern than on the old F650GS single or G650GS. We were told the bike was $8600 with ABS and heated grips which is quite a bit but I think kind of along the lines of what to expect from BMW.

Andrea liked it a lot and had a chance to sit on one that was just sold. Jeff, the proud new owner was telling us that he had owned quite some of the 650 singles and rode them more than the R1200GS which for him is a garage queen. Na, wouldn't happen to me. I like the big sister too much ...

Overall this looks like a reasonable, well made, and well thought out bike. The fork looks a little bit chopper like, but WTH. Definitely worth taking a look even for not so small people as the bike is lightweight (192kg road ready), tall enough for taller riders, but gives a small and confidence inspiring feeling.

BMW seems to have two color options: red and white, while the seat can have red or grey inserts. For this bike, I really like the red one better. Even as I liked the white R1200GS better than the red ...

2011 BMW G650GS - white

5 comments:

  1. I am sold. I want the white one. The single cylinder is a great potential upgrade for Andrea, and riding one myself I can confirm it is really easy to handle. It is the most comfy bike I have ever owned. Go for it!!!

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  2. Andrea:

    GO FOR IT !. I must confess that the 650GS is looking very attractive these days and much easier to handle than her prev V-Strom

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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  3. We have our eyes on a 2005 F650GS, black, low suspension (not that Andrea really needs it though). Will report more when we know how that works out ...

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  4. To Bob: The deal is almost closed. ;-) Well, not for the new one, but we found a very nice 2005 model which fits me - let me cite Sonja - like an old pair of gloves. We'll probably pick it up on Sat. :-)

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  5. Andrea:

    Not that I am seriously looking but I couldn't help but peek at what was for sale up here. I found a '04 Dakar with expanding bags and an '07 at a reasonable price. but now I have to try and get these out of my mind. I tell myself I don't need another bike, but I may need a "spare". I even looked at used KLR 650s

    enjoy your new "to you" GS

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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