Bike of the day: BMW F650GS
Why it’s MCN’s pick:
The BMW F650GS isn’t actually a 650cc bike. Oh no, it’s a 798cc parallel twin in much the same way that BMW’s all-new 2018 F750GS isn’t a 750 either, it’s 853cc. Confused? This innumeracy is simply BMW’s way of distinguishing the road-targeted model from the more aggressive off-road middleweight GS. So why should consider this F650GS?
Initially launched in 2008, the F650GS took over from the, err, F650GS, as BMW’s new-rider targeted middleweight GS. Where the outgoing F650GS was a single, the new F650GS brought with it an all-new parallel twin motor that upped both power and torque as well as electronic assists. But crucially, the F650GS gained a 19-inch front wheel where the F800GS came with an off-road style 21-inch item. And that fact makes it a better road bike.
Easy-going and blessed with a lovely low 790mm seat height and 71bhp motor, the F650GS is a cracking tool for those new to riding or who just want a friendly commuter. Being a BMW you can spec it up with loads of optional extras, including a lower seat, heated grips and panniers (this bike has some hard luggage fitted) and it’s less than half the price of the new F750GS. Well worth a second look.
“Looking to for a bike that can do pretty much everything? If so this is the bike for you. The BMW F650GS is a great commuter, tourer and all-round fun motorcycle. This bike has been well looked after by the previous owner and comes with some tasty little extras including spot lights, heated grips, 12v socket, Givi touring screen and LED indicators.”
MCN's Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves, on the BMW F850GS and F750GS world launch: