Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Campbell, CA, USA
I've only taken an F650 on pretty short rides, but I was happy with the amount of power it had on the freeway.
But be prepared for the buffeting that your body will have to endure, and understand that this may tire you much more significantly than on the LT. I would plan for lower mileage days.
Can anyone who has an F650 comment on the capabilities of the stock headlight at night? This would be something good to know before your ride starts.
Also since the seats is not as wide/plush, I would bring along some sort of seat pad, perhaps an Alaska Leather sheepskin butt pad at the least.
Use some gloves which have some significant padding in the palms. The F650 will definitely be buzzy at highway speeds, and this may well become an issue over a whole day of riding.
Do the bikes you are looking at have saddlebags? If not, then understand what the capabilities/capacities of the tail rack are, and get an appropriate (and waterproof) bag to secure to the rack. Perhaps also a backpack?
I think that you already did this with your LT, but try to work out with the seller having a full service and inspection performed before you pick the bike up so that it has the highest probability of making it home without issues. Either that or make an appointment with a BMW shop somewhere early in your route home.
This can be variable with used bikes, but understand from the seller whether it comes with its original toolkit, and whether it is complete. If not then bring along what it is lacking, or stop at the first Walmart you come across and pick up what you need, before you need it in the middle of nowhere.
Be careful: Once that "cross country vehicle purchasing" bug bites it can be pretty addictive!
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