The BMW 650 GS range is a robust off-road
touring bike. It is light and easy to handle.
It comes in the normal BMW F 650 GS and also the BMW F 650 GS Dakar.
The Dakar range is more suitable for serious off-road
work. The Dakar features a 21 inch front wheel as opposed to the
19 inch front wheel of the normal GS. It also has long travel suspension
and taller tinted windscreen that can be easily removed for off-road
tracks. But the screen is rather useless due to the angle it was
fitted. If you buy one of these bikes you will most probably have
to fit an aftermarket screen. I cannot believe that a company who
has been building touring bikes for so long can fit such a crappy
The natural high riding position of the Dakar makes
it more suitable for taller riders.
The F650GS range
has been updated in 2005. And in late 2007 the new 2008 model
F650GS and F800GS were launched.