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gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby debbie2669 » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:07 pm

Hi, Please could anyone tell me if i would be able to touch the floor on a gs650 2010 model. I am 5ft 2" and 8.5 stone. I am happy to get seat modified if possible. Thanks

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby Lolo » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:08 pm

You need to sit on it your self :grin: its not just the seat height its the width of the seat the positioning and inside leg measurement too.
At 5ft 2", 28" inside leg I rode a R1200gs and if I took my lowered seat could also borrow my partners gs1200 adventure
I don't think Ive come across a bike I couldn't ride but thats not the same as enjoying the ride! and you will only know that when you have been for a spin!
It's a gamble buying a bike you have never sat on to weather you will fall in love with the ride
It also depends on how much of your feet your happy touching the floor with a 30.70" lowest seat height, on that bike, you will be on tip toes without a lowered seat.
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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby george baker » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:40 am

Hi
if you find you only need a tiny bit more leg length you could consider thicker boot soles or inserts.

Like Lolo said about the width of the seat, a narrow one "feels" lower

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby windmill john » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:02 am

Yes you will be able to touch the floor on the g and the f series; subject to mods.
I did a lot of research before I bought my F800GS. I had settled, due to funds, to buy the 650 single, then the 650 twin, and then an 800 turned up locally at the right price.

Back to your bike. The G was the last of the real 650s. It was brought onto the market after they stopped making the F650, for a short burst when they brought out the twin 650 (800cc) version. There were two main mods. Lowered suspension kit and a lower seat.
I can tell you that the lowered suspension and lowered seat will suit you. I tried a bike out, but realised it had had both done. It was so low, my cat almost bought it!

Subject to your funds, if this bike is a good deal, buy it. A great bike and if not already modded, you can get it done.

Good luck.

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby debbie2669 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:09 pm

Thanks everyone for your helpful advice. I am off to 'sit on it' in about an hour. Anyone know what i should be paying for an immaculate gs650 2010 only 4,000 miles on the clock with panniers and just had BMW service...? I will let you know the outcome.Im based near Grantham

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby Lolo » Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:14 pm

Thanks everyone for your helpful advice. I am off to 'sit on it' in about an hour. Anyone know what i should be paying for an immaculate gs650 2010 only 4,000 miles on the clock with panniers and just had BMW service...? I will let you know the outcome.Im based near Grantham
Exciting :bounce: Original 6k so would not want to pay more than 3 to 3.5k if it was me :grin:

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby windmill john » Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:44 pm

Going back about two weeks, they were around 3K, some below, only one above; as lolo says.

But, if it is mint, 4K miles and includes luggage, I’d be happy to pay £3500.

I’ll tell you what though, had I not bought my F800, I was bidding and would have won an F650GS (800) that was in Truro. It only achieved £2800!!!! It was lovely and because I wanted it, I would have gone to £3800; possibly more if it was round the corner. Bear in mind, I wanted it.
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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby debbie2669 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:50 pm

Just got back from sitting on it and its perfect. I was on my toes but with trainers on so boots would be slightly better. There was some rusty nuts, small rust ring around base of tyre inner tubes and the luggage was faded , split grips but generally sound.
Will keep you posted

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby windmill john » Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:37 pm

Well it’s not immaculate!

Rust on spoke bases, not an issue, just apply some ACF50.
Split grips? Has this buggered the heated grips?
Faded luggage, not an issue, but not immaculate.

But, if you like it and you get a good feeling from it and person selling it makes you feel confident, that’s half the battle.
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Bumble, my 700 Transalp.
Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Sundance, my 500T.
Sold my Airheads, what an idiot, but Honda is also great.
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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby windmill john » Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:42 pm

There are more expensive ones, but look at this from a dealer:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2012-12-BMW- ... SwwwRbD68p

Ignore some of the other ads, you need to look at the ones that actually have bids:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2011-BMW-G65 ... SwczlbNob-

Of course this one has a lot higher mileage.
http://www.kittos.co.uk
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Bumble, my 700 Transalp.
Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Sundance, my 500T.
Sold my Airheads, what an idiot, but Honda is also great.
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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby debbie2669 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:18 pm

The seller has assured me there is nothing wrong (fault wise) with the bike and said the MOT had no avisories and he just spent £750 on the BMW service, he said that was because it has been standing unused for years.

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby windmill john » Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:28 pm

Nice.

Just observations. Being non standard will affect saleability. But, if you intend to use it and keep it, not an issue.
Has it a main stand? If maintaining it yourself, handy to add. If dealer servicing, not as crucial; cleaning is easier with a main stand.
If you decide to take pillion, you’ll need to factor in a seat etc.

However, it looks clean and if the price is right.... \:D/ :smile:
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Bumble, my 700 Transalp.
Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Sundance, my 500T.
Sold my Airheads, what an idiot, but Honda is also great.
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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby debbie2669 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:58 pm

Thank you John, glad to have an experts opinion...or at least someone that knows a dam site more than me about motorbikes :). Do you have an estimation of price being it is 'non standard'? Thanks

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby windmill john » Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:20 pm

Yes, I’m an expert at staring at bikes.
And unfortunately I’m an expert in having had too many bikes!...

I’m trying to be sensible, but struggling :grin:

I wouldn’t want to guess at price. The ones I have been watching, different bikes sometimes, do not seem to have achieved some of the prices hoped for on eBay.

I’d rather not put my oar in re price. I’ve bought bikes sometimes because I like them, not necessary at a sensible price. I can only say go with your gut.

I can offer advice that unfortunately I don’t follow myself!
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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby debbie2669 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:34 pm

Ha-Ha totaly understandable. Well i like a bargain so will set my price and just make one bid at the last few seconds. I am in no hurry and dont want to make a mistake!. I think the other bidders are dealers as a couple of them are bidding on a few bikes. Will keep you updated. Thanks again :)

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby windmill john » Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:40 pm

Good luck.

Just realised I had put ‘fortunately’ in the second line in the above post, where I meant unfortunately! Just changed it :smile:
http://www.kittos.co.uk
Best roads: 623 Burgos to Santander. A back road to Metz; can't remember which!
Bumble, my 700 Transalp.
Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Sundance, my 500T.
Sold my Airheads, what an idiot, but Honda is also great.
Too many bikes have come and gone, trying to be sensible now!

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby george baker » Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:50 pm

Hi
good luck with the bidding, looks ok and cheap atm.

If you win it and decide you dont want the single seat & hump I guess you will be able to swap them to get a standard seat.

Single seat should be cheaper to get lowered and recovered than a dual seat.


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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby Ruralman » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:16 pm

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby debbie2669 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:20 pm

Thank you everyone for your kind words.
Had a motorbike since school up untill i fell pregnant at 35! now almost 50 and looking forward to getting that excitement back again and with the added bonus of having a beautiful daugher with me...so the seat change will be a definate :)

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby george baker » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:27 pm

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THINGS HAVE CHANGED A BIT IN THE LAST 15 years so think about advanced riding training to get back in to the throws of it.

You might consider riding around with a sack of spuds for a week before you take her out fir the first time cos bikes feel different with a pillion

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby debbie2669 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:25 pm

Well i didnt win it..i think the winning bid was a dealer. I wasnt prepared to go any higher due to cost of new seat, grips and the risk of buying from a private seller. I will keep looking so fingers crossed it wont be long.

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby Mike D » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:48 am

The seller has assured me there is nothing wrong (fault wise) with the bike and said the MOT had no avisories and he just spent £750 on the BMW service, he said that was because it has been standing unused for years.
Don't take anything on face value!

1. Nothing wrong fault wise could just mean " we have read the ECU and no faults are present" not that there are no physical issues.
2. He said the MOT had no advisories. Well that's not difficult, as the MOT doesn't cover a lot of things, such as a knackered engine, gearbox etc.
3. He just spent £750 on the BMW service, he said that was because it has been standing unused for years. What did he do for £750!

I may be an old cynic, but, in my opinion the dealer, without disclosing what has been done, is pulling a fast one!

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby george baker » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:09 am

Hi
there will be another one along

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Re: gs650 suitability for short arse

Postby debbie2669 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:06 pm

Now looking at an F800R....


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