BMW F 650 GS Review from Canada

1999 BMW F 650 GS

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired295 kilometres
Most recent distance26899 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha XV1100 Virago


When I look at other bikes, I can't find a reason to change machines


I replaced the chain at 25,000 km.

The battery has been replaced twice (once because fluid leaked out when the bike tipped over and I didn't re-fill it).

I have installed a brighter headlight and extra driving lights for night driving (country highways).

The exhaust is hot, and I have melted the bottom of the air-box as a result of poor choke use (my fault). To prevent that happening in the future, I have used insulating wrap on the exhaust, and I have used insulating 'tape' on the bottom of the air-box.

General Comments:

This motorcycle has been used by me for day-to-day commutes to work, as well as a number of multi-day trips in the mountains of BC, Montana, Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. It handles the highways with me and my gear just fine. On mountain passes (like Lolo Pass) it is a blast to ride.

As an added bonus, when it falls over, it is light enough to pick up easily.

Of all of the motorcycles I have owned, this one is my favourite - by far.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2007

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 1 review