Austrian engine, assembled by Chinese in a German bike? My uncle would not like that :hitler::toothy10:
Yer....Like Mountbatten would care !........:hitler:
Lots of sensible info, and then the thread degeneratesI will let you know Pete waves the English red cross flag on his new phone case every day.
Doh, don't start complicating things AustinPhil, you need a go on my XT660R. I have put a Metal Mule 1:1 exhaust on it which has lost about 10kg of high up weight and cant you tell. Its also fookin' loud so added at least 10mph to it. Fuelling at low revs has gone a bit weird which is fixable in a couple of ways but its not really that bad. There's also about 6cm more ground clearance too if i ever get round to off roading it.
I kind of like the basic understated looks of the 'country' & don't want/need anything dedicated to offroad.You need a good ride on one, couple of hours
Why not the Xchallenge instead?
For me, they have all the attributes of the older F650GS & DakarI kind of like the basic understated looks of the 'country' & don't want/need anything dedicated to offroad.
I think that you are right, a good long run to familiarise. At 1st it was a bit "errm" after a while the bike was buzzing along lovely & we were just starting to bond - I think...
A female had the bike, everything was lowered shock preload was on max but damping on zero - I thought the shock was buggered (it was like zebedee) at 1st so made some basic midway settings in the shop, comfy riding position - bit like a "compact Alp" with a rock hard seat!
Cheers for the input Johnny, much appreciated
Shame you didn't like itHad a ride on a X-Country today and was most disappointed.
Having done some researching I thought from specs it should suit me for soft-roading essentially a larger SL230/Serrow.
However the steering did not suit me, heavy straight ahead going to very light off centre, steering seemed OK statically, tyre seemed correctly inflated . Engine was rougher and mechanically nosier than TA and lacked the grunt and linear delivery of the TA but the power was there in the end. This example had done 24000 ish miles 2 owners looked a bit tired but one of the mechanics was using to commute 50 miles a day so assume it was reliable..
Phil you have had both was this a poor or typical example although yours looked much better in the pics than this one. View attachment 25089
Been out on my XCountry today and it's a fine bikeI should add my bit as i am on my 4th bmw g 650 x moto and in my opinion it is very well set up and rides excellent , see MCN review of the x moto , i rode this bike 460 mile home no problem it will get to 60 in 4.1 seconds and i have seen 3 figures on it and its still planted you can use all the available power and it outstanding in the twistie roads , as for tank range its easily 120 miles and i just accept that fact ive never been caught out . Im sure all bikes in the g 650 range have different set up . Iwould say the x moto is one of the best bikes i have ever owned compared to my other singles like ktm 690 duke , bmw f 650 gs dakar , honda xl 600 lmf ,honda nx 650