BMW F 650 CS Review

1998 BMW F 650 CS from Republic of Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance22500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VLX600

Summary:

A very sporty ride

Faults:

Drive belt snapped at 21000.

Very expensive to have replaced, over 270 sterling (including 60 towing fee).

General Comments:

Not mad about the ABS brakes on the rear, but that's just me.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st October, 2005

1st Jun 2006, 02:26

I own a 2004 BMW Single Spark F 650 CS. My bike already has 21,000 kilometers on it. Can you please share the reason why the drive belt snapped? I would really appreciate it so I can have it checked by the BMW shop here in the Philippines. Thank you very much and ride safe.

21st Nov 2008, 00:50

Great fun bike, but you sit on your balls and not for hot weather riding, too much heat rising to your.. you guessed it.. balls.

8th Dec 2008, 16:57

Same here, especially if you have long legs, they are under you and the rising heat is baking your balls (good for cold weather riding hehe).

I put additional foam right on top of the original seat and recovered it with vinyl bought from Walmart, and gained two inches in height. I blocked the opening between the tank and the seat by wrapping foam and vinyl over a small cardboard piece, and attaching it to the bike with the bolts that are on the grab bars by the bottom of the fake tank where it meets the seat.

Otherwise it's the perfect bike in every way. I know, I have an F800S and it's much better, but I miss my 03 650CS.

Bruno.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review