F650gs vs 1200gs - BMW F800 Riders Forum & Registry



Remove this advertisement by REGISTERING.

Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    tnfiddler's Avatar
    Points: 914, Level: 17

    Real Name
    Jeff
    Location
    Kingsport Tn. US
    Joined
    Jul 2020
    Online
    12 Minutes Ago
    Posts
    25 / 0 / 0 / 0
    I can't decide about getting a bigger bike. I bought the 09F650GS last year and really like it. However, I have the itch to go with the larger 1200. There is a 2012 GS 1200 locally that looks great. Even though it's pushing 70k, it's a one owner with all service records. For those who have had both, what more would I be getting in the 1200. I do ride occasional gravel fire roads, the 1200 almost looks to nice for that. Any thoughts?

    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk

  2. Remove Advertisements
    F800Riders.org
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Richard230's Avatar
    Points: 258,546, Level: 100

    Real Name
    Richard
    Location
    Pacifica, California
    Joined
    Oct 2008
    Online
    5 Hours Ago
    Posts
    10,231 / 15 / 698 / 2031
    I have a 2009 F650GS and also an R1200RS. I really like the 650 for all types of riding other than freeway travel. However, I have ridden an R1200GS for a short distance on the freeway and it is very comfortable and secure. But I have not ridden the big GS off road and my guess is that it would be too heavy for my light weight on loose gravel. If it is a recent model it will surely be reliable as well as being easier to resell and demand a much higher price in the used bike market, if that is a concern to you.
    Richard - Current bikes: 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2011 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2020 KTM 390 Duke, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior. 

  4. Likes tnfiddler liked this post
  5. #3
    tnfiddler's Avatar
    Points: 914, Level: 17

    Real Name
    Jeff
    Location
    Kingsport Tn. US
    Joined
    Jul 2020
    Online
    12 Minutes Ago
    Posts
    25 / 0 / 0 / 0
    That's my only complaint with my bike. I have been uncomfortable the few times I've been on the interstate.

    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk

  6. Remove Advertisements
    F800Riders.org
    Advertisements
     

  7. #4
    308bever's Avatar
    Points: 3,455, Level: 38

    Real Name
    bever
    Location
    geelong vic au
    Joined
    Jun 2018
    Online
    3 Days Ago
    Posts
    324 / 0 / 0 / 0
    Motorcycle
    '13 F700GS
    uncomfortable? not fast enough, unable to ride in comfort? i have a 700gs and luv it as an all rounder, it`ll 120 kmh happily all day and overtake quickly when asked and better than me in the dirt, i think alot of egos are proped up by the bigger bikes, but it`s horses for courses, luv their motors and alot of 2 up riding may be better with the 1200. both would be nice (((-;

  8. Likes tnfiddler liked this post
  9. #5
    tnfiddler's Avatar
    Points: 914, Level: 17

    Real Name
    Jeff
    Location
    Kingsport Tn. US
    Joined
    Jul 2020
    Online
    12 Minutes Ago
    Posts
    25 / 0 / 0 / 0
    Uncomfortable as in, the air from big trucks moves me around too much

    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk

  10. Likes 308bever liked this post
  11. #6
    308bever's Avatar
    Points: 3,455, Level: 38

    Real Name
    bever
    Location
    geelong vic au
    Joined
    Jun 2018
    Online
    3 Days Ago
    Posts
    324 / 0 / 0 / 0
    Motorcycle
    '13 F700GS
    ok, no help there sorry, my old sportster used to get truck blast worse than my F700GS, but some trucks are bad still. good luck.

  12. Likes tnfiddler liked this post
  13. #7
    Points: 10,818, Level: 71

    Location
    Berkshire, UK
    Joined
    Jun 2013
    Online
    2 Days Ago
    Posts
    1,123 / 0 / 2 / 32
    See if you can hire one, or get an extended test ride, that should help you decide if its right for you.

    If you're 90% sure buy one (as a 2nd bike, if funds allow) and see how it goes - if it works sell your 650, if not sell the 1200. You won't lose money in a market like this over a short time period.
    BMW F800ST, 2010, Black, Fuzeblock, Sat Nav, BMW Tank Bag, Givi Touring Screen, Denali Spotlights, Denali CANSmart, Wunderlich Crash Bars, 55K Miles & counting 

  14. Likes tnfiddler liked this post
  15. #8

    Joined
    May 2021
    Online
    9 Hours Ago
    Posts
    2 / 0 / 0 / 0
    I have a f800gs and r1250gsa. I love them both. The only thing similar is the BMW logo on the side. My philosophy is the right tool for the job. Both do road and dirt well. The 800 better in more technical dirt riding and the 1250 better long touring. To me they are not comparable.. I'm getting ready to ride the continental divide trail this summer, the tool for the job will be the 800.

  16. Likes tnfiddler liked this post
  17. #9
    Points: 423, Level: 8

    Joined
    Nov 2020
    Online
    1 Week Ago
    Posts
    11 / 0 / 0 / 0
    i have both an 2011 F650/800 and an 08 1200GS. I love them both, was going to sell the 1200 when I bought the 800 but every time I ride the big bike I love it too much to sell. Get back on the 800 and love that too. So at this stage I will keep them both. To be picky some say the seat on the 800 is hard but I don't find that even after 6 hours riding. To separate the two I would say if I was riding largely on freeways, at higher speeds I would go for the 1200, excluding that the 800 is just fine for everything. If riding dirt I would say the 800 is more maneuverable and quite a bit lighter if it ever tipped over. Both great bikes and both have been very reliable.

  18. #10
    tnfiddler's Avatar
    Points: 914, Level: 17

    Real Name
    Jeff
    Location
    Kingsport Tn. US
    Joined
    Jul 2020
    Online
    12 Minutes Ago
    Posts
    25 / 0 / 0 / 0
    I did a 3 hour round trip today in east Tennessee and rode "the snake" us 421. I'm 6'1" , and after awhile I feel like my legs are bent too much. Does the 1200 allow your legs to straighten out a little more?

    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk

  19. #11
    tnfiddler's Avatar
    Points: 914, Level: 17

    Real Name
    Jeff
    Location
    Kingsport Tn. US
    Joined
    Jul 2020
    Online
    12 Minutes Ago
    Posts
    25 / 0 / 0 / 0
    US 421, The SNAKEClick image for larger version. 

Name:	Resized_20210604_134416.jpg 
Views:	17 
Size:	130.2 KB 
ID:	373287

    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk

  20. Likes Richard230 liked this post
  21. #12
    Points: 423, Level: 8

    Joined
    Nov 2020
    Online
    1 Week Ago
    Posts
    11 / 0 / 0 / 0
    Quote Originally Posted by tnfiddler View Post
    I did a 3 hour round trip today in east Tennessee and rode "the snake" us 421. I'm 6'1" , and after awhile I feel like my legs are bent too much. Does the 1200 allow your legs to straighten out a little more?

    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
    https://cycle-ergo.com/
    I use this website, it shows all the bike ergos and you can superimpose one over the other.
    For the most part it is correct I think.
    For my part the R1200GS does feel a little less cramped than the F650/800, but not much.

  22. #13
    tnfiddler's Avatar
    Points: 914, Level: 17

    Real Name
    Jeff
    Location
    Kingsport Tn. US
    Joined
    Jul 2020
    Online
    12 Minutes Ago
    Posts
    25 / 0 / 0 / 0
    Thanks for the link

    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk

  23. #14
    tnfiddler's Avatar
    Points: 914, Level: 17

    Real Name
    Jeff
    Location
    Kingsport Tn. US
    Joined
    Jul 2020
    Online
    12 Minutes Ago
    Posts
    25 / 0 / 0 / 0
    So that website shows my knees would be slightly more bent on a R1200GS than on a f650gs. 6 ft tall and 32 inseam. That's interesting. The hip angle would be a lot Less though on the bigger bike

    Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •