Although the basic design remains the same, the BMW F650 GS and F650 GS Dakar have been updated to provide greater rider protection and better handling.

Although the basic design remains the same, the BMW F650 GS and F650 GS Dakar have been updated to provide greater rider protection and better handling.


Improvements to the fairing, the windshield and instruments give the new models a more striking appearance, while a range of new features and extras has also been made available.


A new engine management system (BMS-C II) has been introduced with dual ignition, which offers a significant enhancement in capacity as well as a wider range of functions.


The new technology ensures a decrease in exhaust emissions, a greater riding comfort and engine response as well as a reduction in fuel consumption, the manufacturer claims.


The peak output and torque remain the same at 37 kW and 60 N.m while the maximum torque is now available at a lower revolutions (4 800 r/min). With power transmitted via the five-speed gearbox, the F650 GS is claimed to reach a top speed of 170 km/h, while a telescopic arm at the front and swing arm at the back take care of its suspension.


The seat height on the F650 GS is 780 mm and the Dakar version 870 mm. At just under 2,2 metres, the Dakar is longest while weighing 192 kg. The weight for the F650 GS is 193 kg while the fuel tank is able to hold 17,3 litres.


The front end has been refined, with the front mudguard now resembling that on the "big GS", there is a new air ventilation and logo panel and the windshields and headlight gives both models a more distinctive look.


The improved windshields on both models offer enhanced streamlining around the rider's helmet providing better protection from the elements.


The new headlight with its larger lens provides greater illumination of the road ahead. Visibility along the sides using a free-form reflector has been improved as well. Both models have hazard lights and an on-board power socket as standard. The new jump-start points beneath the seat and on the gearbox cover enable jump-starting without the removal of major components.


Two new colours, Iceberg silver and a non-metallic yellow have been introduced for the F650 GS and the Dakar is available in a blue and white metallic finish.


The F650 GS sells for R63 950 and the F650 GS Dakar for R 68 500. For an extra R5 200 both models can be fitted with ABS and heated grips.