Originally Posted by jgburns
I was thinking of selling my K1200 LTC and purchasing a R1200 GS Adverture, but the GSA will not meet my touring needs. I've decided to keep the LT for a while longer, but I'd like something for around town, short mountain rides, and logging roads.
I thought about a used R1150 GS, but for the same price I can get the F 650 GS Dakar. If you own one or have owned one, please share your opinions. Is it a good trail bike (not rock climber), good around town, o.k. for combo touring and rough road trips?
The Dakar is tall but makes a great bike regardless. My Boss has right at 50k miles on his 2002 F650 Dakar and has had very little issues. I have a blast riding it when I do while in Florida.
Either one once you change out the aluminum sprockets and add a chain oiler will give you years of real good service and get somewhere between 60-75 MPG depending on how you ride and if you change out the front sprocket to a taller (larger) one or not, I can not recommend the F650 Dakar enough, I came >< close to getting one just for running around up here, but decided I have two many bikes now to insure. Keep in mind it is tall you can still put your feet down though, the F650 is shorter and easier to maintain
Two friends of mine Bob and Vicki one on the f650 and the other on the f650 Dakar did Prudhoe Bay AK to Key west in 4 days 22.5 hours on them, then the Dakar went on to get shipped back up to Prudhoe bay and rode to South America in under 40 days for a fund raising event which happens to slip my mind at the moment.
You'll love one, if anything for its fuel mileage!
BTW My Boss just rode his to N.M and back
there is f650.com to go check out for more information