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2005 BMW F650 GS Dakar

BMW F650 GS Dakar

BMW F650 GS Dakar - single-minded toughness

The F650 GS is a reliable and durable motorcycle because it features sublime simplicity coupled with uncompromising build quality. BMW had little choice really. It choose the Paris-Dakar Rally as its proving ground, and to achieve success - which it did - the little single-cylinder machine had to be as easy to ride as possible and tougher than 'old boots'.

The standard F650 GS model exhibits all the best qualities invoked by the original design and concept. Understandably though, the F650 GS Dakar version is a little different. BMW has incorporated minor modifications so that the bike can be used for extreme tasks and tough sporting events that demand the kind of durability shown by the original rally machine. Both are used on BMW's Off-Road Skills course.

The basic specification of the two models is identical. The Dakar model differs only in those areas that become vital when negotiating severe terrain, hostile environments and climatic extremes.

F650 GS Dakar - the differences

The F650 GS Dakar special retails at 5,510 (on-the-road) and employs extended 210mm (front and rear) suspension travel - which is 40mm longer than on the standard F650 GS. The seat height of the Dakar model is 870mm (instead of 780mm); the front wheel is now two inches larger at 21 inches; enduro tyres are standard; the front mudguard has been slightly extended; hand protectors have been fitted, and the screen is marginally higher. The choice of options and accessories is the same as for the F650 GS.

The F650 GS Dakar model is exclusively available in Blue metallic/White Aluminium matte metallic.

Powerful braking - ABS

No other motorcycle manufacturer offers ABS as an option on as many models as BMW Motorrad. ABS is the safest way of braking on the road, under all conditions. It is a leveller for braking for riders of all experience.

ABS is an anti-lock braking system, which gives riders greater braking capacity. Switchable ABS (that can be turned off when riding off-road) is available as an option on the F650 GS Dakar for only 360.

Standard Factory Equipment

  • Catalytic converter
  • Stainless steel exhaust system
  • 21-inch front wheel
  • Enduro tyres
  • Extended suspension travel (front 210, rear 210mm)
  • Additional drive chain idler
  • Clutch lever adjustable to three positions
  • Windshield designed for optimised wind and weather protection
  • Clear glass headlight with greatly enhanced light output
  • F650 RR screen
  • Hand guards
  • Longer side stand with circuit breaker
  • High seat
  • Luggage rack with lockable storage compartment
  • Digital clock
  • Tool kit
  • Twin spark ignition
  • Factory fit options,/p>

  • Heated handlebar grips - 175
  • Hazard warning lights - 45
  • ABS (on/off switch) - 360
  • * Prices current as of 1 January 2004.

    Accessories available

  • Left and right panniers including mounting kits, locks and emblems 353
  • Inner bag for left pannier - 50
  • Inner bag for right pannier - 50
  • Tank bag - 80
  • High windshield - 115
  • Alarm control unit including mounting kit - 185
  • Auxiliary power socket - 50
  • * Prices current as of 1 January 2004.


  • Engine Type: Water-cooled 1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, four valves, two overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication
  • Bore x stroke: 100 mm x 83 mm
  • Capacity: 652 ccm
  • Rated output: 37 kW (50 bhp) at 6500 rpm (output reduction: 25 kW [34 bhp] @ 6000 rpm possible)
  • Max. torque: 60 Nm at 5000 rpm (output reduction: 51 Nm @ 3750 rpm)
  • Compression ratio: 11.5 : 1
  • engine management: Electronic intake pipe injection/BMW engine management, dual ignition
  • Emission control: Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter
  • Maximum speed: Approx. 170 km/h (output reduction: Approx. 145 km/h)
  • Fuel consumption over 100 km at steady 90 km/h: 3.2 l
  • Fuel consumption over 100 km at steady 120 km/h: 4.3 l
  • Fuel type: Unleaded regular, minimum octane rating 91 (RON)
  • Generator: 400 W three-phase generator
  • Battery: 12 V/12 Ah, on board socket
  • Clutch: Multi-disc oil-bath clutch, mechanically operated
  • Gearbox: Constant mesh 5-speed transmission integrated in engine housing
  • Drive: Endless O ring chain with cush damping in the rear wheel hub
  • Frame: Bridge-type, tubular, steel, with bolted-on rear section
  • Travel front/rear: 210 mm/210 mm
  • Wheelbase (in normal position): 1489 mm
  • Caster (in normal position): 123.3 mm
  • Steering head angle (in normal position): 60.8
  • Wheels: Spoke wheels
  • Rim, front: 1.60 x 21
  • Rim, rear: 3.00 x 17
  • Tyres, front: 90/90 S 21
  • Tyres, rear: 130/80 S 17
  • Brake, front: Single disc, 300 mm diameter, 2-piston floating caliper
  • Brake, rear: Single disc, 240 mm diameter,1-piston floating caliper
  • ABS: Special equipment: BMW Motorrad ABS, can be deactivated
  • Seat height, unladen: 870 mm (special equipment: chassis lowering to 750 mm, high dual seat 820 mm) Unladen, road ready, fully fuelled 1): 193.0 kg
  • Dry weight 2): 177.2 kg
  • Permitted total weight: 380.0 kg
  • Payload (with standard equipment): 187.0 kg
  • Usable tank volume: 17.3 l (Incl. reserve: Approx. 4.5 l)
  • Length: 2189 mm
  • Width (incl. mirrors): 910 mm