Motorbikes

We will both ride a BMW F 650 GS motorbike. So we can use the same tools and parts for our bikes and save some space. Besides that, we both like this kind of bike very much.

The left bike is Carmen’s bike, the right one is Michael’s:

Michael’s Bike

With the BMW enduros you can ride long tours on tarmac, but also leave the road sometimes. Therefore the bike seems to be prepared better than the driver. 😉 BMW offers several endure motorbikes, starting with the BMW G 450 X up to the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. Due to the weight, the height and last but not least the price, we decided to go with the “small one”, the BMW F 650 GS.

Specification

Year of construction: 2003
Cylinder capacity: 652 ccm
Engine performance: 37 kW ( 60 HP ) at 6.500 1/min
Engine: water cooled DOHC 4 stroke single cylinder by Rotax
Mileage: 24,000 km ( 15,000 miles )

Before we start, we need to make some modifications on our BMWs. In the meantime, we added a Garmin GPS and a Touratech backpack. In addition we plan to add Touratech aluminum cases and other gadgets as well.

BMW F 650 GS

Carmen’s Bike

Since I’m quite small and I got my driver’s license just a few weeks ago, I bought a lowered BMW F 650 GS for the tour. However, I was bothered very soon by the dragging foot pegs and the little clearance height. Therefore, I turned the bike back to almost the original height. Apart from that the bike already had some nice features when I bought it, e.g. heated handle bars and a comfortable bench.
After driving a few kilometers, I had some issues with my suspension fork and therefore I put neoprene protectors on the tubes. Those should protect my fork from flies and dirt, but I can still check whether the oil is where it should be, i.e. inside the fork.
Another nice feature is my “cruising system” :-). This is a small crank that I put onto the gas handle. I use it to easier control the speed on long tours, so that my hands don’t ache that much.

Specification

Year of construction: 2004
Cylinder capacity: 652 ccm
Engine performance: 37 kW ( 60 HP ) at 6.500 1/min
Engine: water cooled DOHC 4 stroke single cylinder by Rotax
Mileage: 15,500 km ( 9,600 miles ) at purchase time, currently: 14,600 miles.

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