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    Looking for advice on BMW GS models

    Had a 2012 BMW F800Gs for a couple of years, unfortunately had to sell it. I would love to get back into the saddle and would just like some advice please.

    Would it be a big step down to go for the 650Gs as this is probably where the budget is at, would you consider it?

    Have been keeping an eye on trade me, is there any other place to have a look at that you can recommend.

    Thank you

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    The single 650 vs the parallel twin..?

    If you really want need to go offroad ,then it is the way to go maybe...
    The twin goes a lot better though.

    If you don't go offroad a lot.(.or even at all )maybe the road version is worth a look.
    Nice bikes and quite cheap by comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awayatc View Post
    The single 650 vs the parallel twin..?

    If you really want need to go offroad ,then it is the way to go maybe...
    The twin goes a lot better though.

    If you don't go offroad a lot.(.or even at all )maybe the road version is worth a look.
    Nice bikes and quite cheap by comparison.


    Thank you Salty Dog. that is a great place for me to start, i wasn't aware that there where 2 types on the 650 i will have to do some more research on that first.

    Loved the 800 would go back to that any day! just thought maybe try something else have read great things about them!

    i am 1.90 cm 110 kgs.

    Would be for commuting at first but would love to do some off road as well at a later stage, did do some minor stuff on the 800.

    Much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lotter View Post
    Thank you Salty Dog. that is a great place for me to start, i wasn't aware that there where 2 types on the 650 i will have to do some more research on that first.

    Loved the 800 would go back to that any day! just thought maybe try something else have read great things about them!

    i am 1.90 cm 110 kgs.

    Would be for commuting at first but would love to do some off road as well at a later stage, did do some minor stuff on the 800.

    Much appreciated.
    Something in-between the 650 and 800 - could you stretch for a F700 GS?
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    I have not heard much about the 700 to be honest that is why haven't really had a good look at it..

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    whats your budget?
    and how many kms a year you think you do?
    Daily commute?
    Offroad?
    Big trips?
    Luggage?

    650 would be awesome to commute,
    1200 would be much better for long rides with lots of luggage....
    old 100 GS be best in keeping price, classic appeal, and very usable in real life,
    they come up every now and again on trade me for around $6k ish
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    get a versys... or if "adv" is your thing, get a dr650 the ability, simplicity, price and reliability can't be beaten, service cost will be a 10th? of a BMW

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    thank you for all the advice Salty, really appreciate it.

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    thank you scubo. i have checked them out..

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    also check the Bmw G650 X range, like the Challenge. It has same engine as the GS with a bit more power (53Hp, vs ~50), a lot less weight (144kg vs 180+). I've done commuting on a XChallenge for several years and some adventure riding and it can't be faulted. The bike is tall/very tall but that shouldn't be a problem at your height

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    Thanks Pampa. much appreciated! i will definitely check that out as well..

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    Quote Originally Posted by pampa View Post
    also check the Bmw G650 X range, like the Challenge. It has same engine as the GS with a bit more power (53Hp, vs ~50), a lot less weight (144kg vs 180+). I've done commuting on a XChallenge for several years and some adventure riding and it can't be faulted. The bike is tall/very tall but that shouldn't be a problem at your height
    The G650X is the best off roader of the 650's and great around town commuter as well.
    The 1200GS is great at eating up the miles ,one up or two up. The airhead R80/100GS are great
    Tractors but are getting expensive and cost a little to keep on the road now.
    The 800 twins are good alround bikes and will do any role that you want to do.
    I should know I have all four of the above bikes and can't make up My mind which to sell off.
    The 650GS or Dakar are good bikes but not a patch on the 800 twins.

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    ....... you have all overlooked the 1100 and 1150GS's they are big, comfortable and bulletproof, easy to work on compared to the later 1200's and good buying at $3K-$7K.


    Its harder to lose weight than gain horsepower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha#81 View Post
    ....... you have all overlooked the 1100 and 1150GS's they are big, comfortable and bulletproof, easy to work on compared to the later 1200's and good buying at $3K-$7K.
    Good call.

    Bikes like this one:

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/moto...1169838345.htm


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