BMW F 650 GS
BMW F650GS and F650GS Dakar Motorcycles FOR 2005
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Narrowly focused sportbikes to the left, massively overwrought
tourers to the right...is there any place left for the simple,
Sure there is, and far from becoming an endangered species,
the lightweight enduro - a kind of motorcycle that embodies
off-road capabilities alongside roadworthy manners tailored
to please experienced and beginning riders alike - has become
immensely popular around the world.
Between 1995 and 2003, BMW has sold more than 110,000 F 650s,
with 32 percent of the latest versions going to female riders
worldwide). What's more, some 21 percent of F 650 buyers were
new riders. And now, for the 2005 model year, BMW's entry in
the amazing category returns refined, refreshed and ready to
do business. Crossing continents, crossing boundaries
No motorcycle can do everything, but the BMW F 650 GS and
the F 650 GS Dakar come close. Based on the fundamentally flexible "enduro"
concept, the F 650 line has been carefully developed to meet
a broad range of requirements, to enable cross-country travel
in comfort as well as jaunts across town with consummate ease.
For example, the Dakar, with dirt-spec tire sizes and long-travel
suspension, can truly be taken off road (unlike many similarly
concepted but differently equipped enduros on the market) and
yet sacrifices nothing in terms of on-road civility.
Central to this multi-role versatility is the F 650's relaxed,
upright riding position that is the ideal compromise between
on-road comfort and off-road control. For the new F 650 GS and
F 650 GS Dakar, BMW has focused on improving the bike's ergonomic
profile and making it even kinder to beginning and returning
To this end, a new clutch lever featuring incremental span
adjustments that provide riders with smaller hands improved
control and comfort (an adjustable brake lever continues as
New this year are myriad seating options for both the F 650
GS and the F 650 GS Dakar.
The GS comes with a standard low seat, and yet there is the
option for an even lower seat height - as a no-cost option,
the GS can be modified by the dealer with a different rear suspension
link that, working in concert with repositioned fork tubes,
reduces seat height to 29.5 in. (750mm).
In addition, a taller seat is available for the GS that provides
taller riders with extra legroom. A lower dual seat is available
for the Dakar that reduces seat height 0.8 in. (20mm).
The GS's overall compact dimensions are made possible by
a slender engine and a fuel tank located under the seat. Not
only does this placement improve chassis packaging, it dramatically
reduces the bike's overall center of gravity, making the GS
feel smaller and lighter - considerations critical to the beginning
New for 2005
This year, the F 650 GS and F 650 GS Dakar have new bodywork
placed upon the strong and durable steel frame. A new clear-lens
headlight puts more illumination on the road and works with
entirely new windscreens to improve weather and wind protection.
(Both screens may be removed for off-road use. In addition,
a clear version of the taller screen fitted to the Dakar is
available for the standard GS.)
Revised inserts alongside what would normally be the fuel
tank distinguish the new model and improve cooling by allowing
more air past the oil cooler (the fuel cell is located under
the rider's seat for lowered center of gravity and improved
handling.) Finally, the rear luggage rack has been redesigned
to accept an optional top case without an adapter plate, as
required in the past.
F Series- 2 Spark ignition for 2005
The F 650 is powered by a BMW-designed, single-cylinder engine
embodying technologies not seen on other "thumpers."
For 2005, the engine's technological resume stretches to include
2 Spark ignition for the four-valve cylinder head and a new
and advanced BMS-C II computerized engine-control unit that
dynamically manages spark and fuel delivery to suit any riding
With these improvements, the liquid-cooled, 652cc engine
produces fewer harmful exhaust emissions, is more fuel efficient,
and has a torque peak at 4800 rpm instead of the previous model's
In addition, the 2 Spark ignition system offers increased
drivability, stronger mid-throttle response and greater engine
As before, the GS uses a three-way catalyst in the updated,
stainless-steel exhaust system to meet the stringent Euro2 exhaust
F 650 GS Dakar - True
In addition to the standard F 650 GS - a model intended for
mainly on-road escapades yet still more than capable of trips
off the tarmac - BMW offers the F 650 GS Dakar.
More than special paint, the Dakar embraces true off-the-beaten-path
adventures with longer-travel suspension and special wheels
sized to carry traditional dirt-oriented tires. Owing to the
higher natural riding position, the GS Dakar sports a taller
tinted windscreen that can be easily removed for off-highway
Although the GS and GS Dakar may see different missions,
they are both available with BMW's advanced ABS system, the
only such single-cylinder bikes in this category for which this
is true. To optimize the system for off-road use, the ABS may
be switched off via a cockpit-mounted switch.
BMW owners, even those new to the fold, are staunch individualists,
which is why there are so many options and accessories available
for the new F 650 GS and F 650 GS Dakar. These include:
ABS II with
rider-selectable defeat - This system is available on
both the F 650 GS and GS Dakar.
- For the F 650 GS, there is a taller dual seat as well
as a lowered-suspension option using the standard seat.
For the Dakar, there is a lowered seat. Either the GS or
the Dakar can be fitted with a special black single seat
with luggage rack that provides the same seat height as
the standard saddle.
- Several soft- and hard-luggage options, including variable-thickness
hard saddlebags (Vario), soft bags for passenger seat and
luggage rack, a hard top case, as well as liners for the
- A taller windscreen for the F 650 GS, similar to the F
650 GS Dakar's.
New hand guards