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    Recommended farkels

    Just picked up an 07 F650GS. Wondering what more experienced owners would recommend as the best additions. It came with throttlemeister, upgraded (Corbin) seat and factory bags, so those are already taken care of. I知 wondering about; taller windshield, front crash bars, better (steel) hand guards, auxiliary lights. and I知 open to ideas. My intended use is riding on gravel and dirt roads but I don稚 expect to do a lot of serious dirt riding. I知 keeping it Street functional.

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    Welcome to the forum! Glad to have you with us.

    I am not the guy to give you any advice on farkles; my bike is mostly bone stock and it fits me perfectly as is. The only thing I have added are yellow Clearwater visibility lights on the front forks. I experimented--on other bikes--with various seats and various windshields, but always went back to the original as being the best for me. I personally think the manufacturers get it about right with their wind tunnel testing. Whenever I buy a new bike, I try to find one that fits me well from the get-go, then I ride it until my body adjusts to the bike. After that it is simply ride, eat, sleep, repeat.

    Good luck.
    Royce
    On the coast of Kansas
    2012 F800ST

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    Quote Originally Posted by power_engineer View Post
    Just picked up an 07 F650G..
    Well, that IS a girls bike you know. Just put what you need to make it functional for you.
    Gail Thorne
    2017 F700GS

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortythorne View Post
    Well, that IS a girls bike you know. Just put what you need to make it functional for you.
    OH NO! I just bought the ultimate "beginners" and the "girls" bike. The G310. We (Voni and I) both got the G310GS models. At 1,110,000 BMW miles (look it up) she is not a beginner, and at 860,00 BMW miles I am still not a girl. But, she sold her K75 and F800S and Yamaha TW200 dirt bikes, and I sold my Kawasaki 250 Super Sherpa dirt bike and my Suzuki 650 VStrom is for sale, because the 310 makes them all non-essential.

    For our 2018 summer rideabout, we will park her R1100RS (Big Red) and my K75 (Smokey II) and plan to take the G310s. We have already done 400 mile days and endured 25 gusting to 35 mph headwinds and crosswinds. We plan to ride from Texas to British Columbia with Iowa and Washington in between.

    If a 1200 or 1600cc bike is your thing I congratulate you. Our 1100 and 1150cc bikes at 410,000 and 190,000 miles have served us well. But don't assume that huge CCs and horsepower is really needed, and don't demean the smaller bikes. At age 14 I went two-up camping 30 miles from home on a 49cc Sears moped and had a ball. Now I intend to go from Texas to Canada and back on my 310 and enjoy most of the minutes and miles doing it. Certain weather such as rain, hail, snow, and winds will account for those other few minutes that suck. Motels might be my friend.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    Quote Originally Posted by power_engineer View Post
    Just picked up an 07 F650GS. Wondering what more experienced owners would recommend as the best additions. It came with throttlemeister, upgraded (Corbin) seat and factory bags, so those are already taken care of. I知 wondering about; taller windshield, front crash bars, better (steel) hand guards, auxiliary lights. and I知 open to ideas. My intended use is riding on gravel and dirt roads but I don稚 expect to do a lot of serious dirt riding. I知 keeping it Street functional.
    I toured all over the country on an 07 F650GS. Everyone痴 needs are different. I liked the OEM top case. It was visually small but would swallow the largest modular helmet with room left over for gloves, glasses, GPS, etc. It痴 an excellent security add-on. If you tour, a tank bag is also a must. I had the OEM but if I had to do that again, I壇 go with the SW-Motech. The 650 has a somewhat small visual profile. I added Skene lights front and rear to fix that. Playing around with windscreens is a guaranteed trip down the old rabbit hole. If you go with the OEM flyscreen, you値l have little protection but it値l be quiet. If you go up you値l encounter buffeting (worse!). Go low or go way up. I installed a Britannia Composite Mirage on mine was good with it. Bottom line, the F650 single is a fantastic touring platform. It痴 light and fuel economy is amazing. Until you figure it out, they池e awkward to work on. A lot of shops are clueless when it comes to the 650, so beware. Best of luck.
    Ed
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    R1200GSW, Aprilia Scarabeo 50 2T

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