No motorcycle can do everything, but 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 Dakar, BMW has focused on improving the bike’s ergonomic profile and making it even kinder to beginning and returning riders. 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 standard.) To accommodate riders of different heights, several seat options are available for both the F 650 GS Dakar. The GS comes standard with a 30.7-inch (780mm) seat height with a low seat option, which further reduces it to 29.5 inches (750mm). In addition, a high seat is available that provides taller riders with extra legroom. For the GS Dakar, a lower dual seat is available that reduces seat height by 0.8 inches (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 rider.
This year, the 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.
MANUFACTURER: BMW MODEL: F 650 GS Dakar MSRP: $8,200.00
POWERTRAIN ENGINE: Liquid-cooled 1-cylinder DISPLACEMENT: 652 cc BORE X STROKE: 100.0 mm x 83.0 mm COMPRESSION RATIO: 11.5:1 TORQUE: 44 ft.lbs. @ 5,000 rpm FUEL SYSTEM: BMS-C II with 2 spark ignition HORSEPOWER: 50 bhp @ 6,500 rpm
DRIVETRAIN TRANSMISSION: 5-speed CLUTCH: Multiple plate in oil bath FINAL DRIVE: 520 O-ring, roller type chain; 2.937:1 drive ratio
DIMENSIONS FRAME: Bridge-type with bolted-on rear section LENGTH: 86.2 in. WIDTH: 35.8 in. WHEELBASE: 58.6 in. SEAT HEIGHT: 34.3 in. GROUND CLEARANCE: 7.1 in. DRY WEIGHT: 391 lbs. excluding options and accessories FUEL CAPACITY: 4 gal. including 1 gal. reserve
Front: 41 mm telescopic fork with stabilizer bridge; 8.3 in. travel
Rear: Central spring strut actuated by lever-linkage; 8.3 in. travel
Front and rear disc with optional ABS
Front: 1, 2-piston floating caliper; 11.8 in. fixed rotor
Rear: 1, 1-piston floating caliper; 9.5 in. fixed rotor