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Looking at 650-cc thumper G650GS . . .

I'm looking at the 650 cc thumper G650GS. Most of the articles I've read say that even without the lowering kit, the bike would be cramped for taller riders. I'm 6'2" with a 34-in inseam. Does anyone have any experience riding these bikes? I'm thinking maybe I should look into the F650GS, the 800 cc twin instead.

Also it seems that the 650cc thumper and the 800cc twin weigh in (curb weight) about the same.
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Re: Looking at 650-cc thumper G650GS . . .

Check out this site. It might help you decide.


http://cycle-ergo.com/
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Re: Looking at 650-cc thumper G650GS . . .

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Check out this site. It might help you decide.


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That's rather clever, isn't it?
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Re: Looking at 650-cc thumper G650GS . . .

At 6'2" you prolly need more ponies than a 650 can deliver...


Plus the fact that a twin will last longer than a thumper.
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Re: Looking at 650-cc thumper G650GS . . .

I've ridden the 650 single a few times as a loaner and it's pretty spunky, well, compared to my 34 hp KLR 650. I guess it depends on if you're going to ride it in places where the weight matters a lot, like gnarly off-road. Have said that, Lisa Thomas of 2RideTheWorld fame is now riding an 800GS and handles it just fine.
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Re: Looking at 650-cc thumper G650GS . . .

My buddy has over 200,000 kms on his F650GS thumper.An 05.On car oil. But for their typical water pumps problems and a blown rear shock in Panama,he never had any issues.

But he is only 6' tall.Cruises comfortably at 120km/hr which is average for thumpers of that size.My Honda XR650L does rather well at that speed even on 90/10 tires.
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Re: Looking at 650-cc thumper G650GS . . .

Get an x challenge. Lots of room for tall riders lots of power and less weight than a gs
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Re: Looking at 650-cc thumper G650GS . . .

Thanks for the replies. It was very much appreciated.

I have a blasphemy here . . . I have committed to buying a very low-mileage 2017 Kawasaki KLR650. I will purchase and pick it up this Sunday, three days from now.
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Re: Looking at 650-cc thumper G650GS . . .

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Re: Looking at 650-cc thumper G650GS . . .

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Thanks for the replies. It was very much appreciated.

I have a blasphemy here . . . I have committed to buying a very low-mileage 2017 Kawasaki KLR650. I will purchase and pick it up this Sunday, three days from now.

When we decided to ride the Trans America Trail (TAT) a few years ago the four of us went out and bought '15 KLR 650s, prepped them for the ride, and rode them about 7,000 across the country mainly in the dirt. Here's what I wrote about it the KLR on my TAT ride report:

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I bought a KLR, my first "adventure bike," over this winter and spent the spring prepping it for the Trans Am Trail. When I left on the ride in mid-June the way I felt about this bike was best characterized as cautiously skeptical - kind of like when you took that girl you just met to Cozumel for a week - it could be great, OK, or horrible but regardless it had an expiration date when it would be over. I felt that way about taking my KLR on the TAT. I never really warmed up to it because I felt it doesn't do anything well: it's heavy and low on power for an off-road bike, the brakes suck and the wind protection was designed by an idiot for street riding, and it needed a lot of attention to make it ready to go the distance on the TAT. I kind of half expected to ride it across the TAT and then take the tags off it and leave the key in it in the airport parking lot in Oregon when I flew home.

Now having ridden it 3,600 miles from Annapolis MD to Moab I feel differently. This is going to sound like a Sheila talking but I can actually say exactly when it was when I felt like I was in a committed relationship with my KLR and it was when I had 2,000 miles of named storm soggy TAT behind me and it got me and my pile of luggage up to the top of Cinnamon Pass going up from the east (Lake City side) and down into Silverton. After days of trail, mountain passes, highway and twisty road I now know what the KLR does extremely well. It hauls me and my load anywhere I want to take it across just about anything I could possibly want to ride it over. It'll do hours at a stretch at 75 - 80 mph with a -1 tooth countershaft sprocket on it and knobby tires and then climb like a mountain goat over basketball sized rocks and slick mountain snowmelt at 12,000' on stock jetting. It'll cover a quarter mile of water up over the wheels and commute around town like a scooter. It's the most versatile, simple, unexciting swiss army knife of a bike you could ever want and the exciting part is how reliably and cheaply it'll fill your memories with phenomenal experiences if you take the road less traveled on it.


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Re: Looking at 650-cc thumper G650GS . . .

This is one of my favorite photos of my KLR. I rode it from Annapolis to the high northern desert in Nevada mostly off the pavement to get to this spot where it looks like my KLR is photobombing a Michelangelo painting.

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