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Video: F650GS takes on budget trailie-style rivals

Published: 01 October 2008

In this week's issue of MCN, we pit the BMW F650GS against the Kawasaki Versys and Suzuki DL650 V-Strom to see which is best suited to British roads and riders. 

BMW's new F650GS (which actually uses a 798cc parallel twin engine!) has been a sales success so far for the German manufacturer.

It's a cheaper detuned version of the highly rated F800GS, making 71bhp. But how does it compare to the Japanese offerings?

The BMW'S main competition is a couple of all-rounders in the form of the popular Kawasaki Versys, a funky do-it-all twin based on the ER-6, and the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom, a roomy dependable V-twin.

Not only does the BMW carry that prestigious badge, it's the most powerful of the three and it's also the lightest... but is that enough to make it the winner?

Watch our video below for interviews with the riders, footage of the three bikes in action and the MCN verdict on these budget trailie-styled roadsters: