During our last trip Ali & Hussain felt that our current bikes (R 1200 GS Adv. ) was bit too high and heavy especially after we installed the Ohlins on them. So we decided to look into smaller and lighter bikes for our next trip.
The search covered BMW, KTM, and Kawazaki . However on paper the BMW was better since the F 650 GS was really a detuned 800 with two cylinders which meant that there would be less vibration. Also the horse power and weight carrying capacity were huge.
The only thing that bothered me was that the F650 has cast wheels which would give you a rougher ride on tough terrain while the F800 has spoked wheels and was geared more towards off road, so we decided to test ride both.
The dealer here managed to get us both to try out and we all liked the F800GS for it's power and it's immediate throttle response. Now we need to look into what we need to modify, the first three are the wind screen ,suspension , and fuel tank.