BMW dealers now have the new F 800 GS in stock — no, wait, it’s the F 650 GS, but it’s using a new twin-cylinder engine based on the F 800 GS engine, and it displaces 798 cc. But it only puts out 71 hp versus the F 800 GS’s 85 hp.
Confused yet? Me, too. I’m not certain why BMW has chosen to keep the “650” moniker while significantly increasing displacement (I guess F 800 GS Lite sounds lame), but there’s no question that the specs are a welcome upgrade from the previous single-cylinder model. I can’t wait to try one of these out.
BMW Press Release:
The 2009 F 650 GS Arrives At U.S. BMW Motorrad Dealers
BMW’s All-New Entry Level Model Makes its Debut with a Twin-Cylinder Engine
Tame the urban jungle or take the road less traveled! After much anticipation, BMW’s sophisticated new addition to its entry level model lineup — the 2009 BMW F 650 GS — has arrived at U.S. BMW Motorrad dealers.
With its 71 hp, torquey twin-cylinder engine, the all-new 2009 F 650 GS offers more power and sophistication than its single-cylinder predecessor. Ideal for on- or off-road riding, urban commuting and any rider looking for a fun, efficient and reliable motorcycle, the middleweight twin tackles anything the ambitious motorcyclist could throw at it. Its rigid steel tube trellis frame, double-sided swing arm and chain drive offer reliability. A low seat height and narrow design make navigation through the worst traffic a breeze. Cast aluminum wheels and telescopic forks keep the ride smooth and precise at all times.
The 2009 F 650 GS has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $8,255 (excluding freight). The Standard Package, offered at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $9,760, (excluding freight) includes heated hand grips, Anti-Lock Brakes, an on-board computer, and white turn signals. The 2009 F 650 GS is available in three colors — Flame Red, Iceberg Silver Metallic, and Azur Blue Metallic.
The F 650 GS is the newest addition to BMW’s dual-sport line up. It follows in the footsteps of the highly acclaimed R 1200 GS – which traces its roots back to the early 1980s when BMW won the grueling Paris-Dakar rally four times with its trailblazing dual-purpose R 80 GS. Since their debut in 2004, the versatile R 1200 GS and its rugged companion, the R 1200 GS Adventure, have earned praise from motorcycle enthusiasts and the press for their exceptional performance both on and off the road.
The R 1200 GS has earned award after award, including Cycle World’s Best Open Class Street Bike and the International Journalist’s Panel “Best Bike in the World.” The R 1200 GS Adventure was named “Best Adventure Bike” three years in a row by editors of Motorcyclist Magazine.
How do. I saw a bit on’ you tube’ pertaining to some airhead chore, changing out a starter it was. was wondering if you have done anything else on the airhead, specifically- 1. changing out the tranny/ or lubing the splines. 2.valve adj. 3.oil change etc.
great show it was, please keep up the good work- I will bring this to my fellow airhead brothers tomorrow night at our barley fest.
Hey, Joe. Thanks for watching. Tranny work and spline lube are probably way out of my depth right now, but I’m hoping to get to a valve adjustment sometime in the future. And I’d like to learn how to do the splines, so maybe I’ll get some help and do that on a future show.
But right now, I’m getting ready to head out to MotoGP in Indianapolis. I’ll have new shows up soon.
Say hello to the Airheads for me.