1999 BMW F 650 GS


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