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    Thinking about a C 650 Sport or GT . . .

    Anyone on this forum have experience with the C 650 that they might share? I've had a lot of motorcycles but only one scooter, a Kymco 200i. The Kymco with its 160cc engine was under-powered for how I wanted to ride. It was great fun and quite nice not to have to clutch or shift -- just twist and go.

    I think this part of the forum is not real busy due to the relatively few scooters that BMW sells . . .
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    First Year model owner

    I bought a C650 GT when first released in the US as a vehicle to get back into riding. My experience was similar to the caveat about buying a first year model. Pretty quickly after purchase it developed at stalling issue that occurred in some of the scooters (you can probably find threads on here where I posted about this issue with others). This was eventually fixed but soon after I developed a rattle a timing chain tensioner that sounded like I was grinding coffee. This was the issue that eventually broke the camelís back. I took it in in early October and they indicated no TCT could be provided until February. Well they dug around and found one in Iowa of all places. Around a month later it was ready to roll but at that time it was due a 12000 mile service so I asked to get this service done and they said the parts would be there in February. I asked them to buy back and they did. I really liked the ride and agility of the bike and enjoyed my time riding but I would check with new owners or reviews about them now.

    Other issues
    Maintenance costs were high
    No cruise control put a throttle lock on it but not the same.
    Was kinda heavy
    No shifting

    Pluses
    Great power
    Great handling
    Plenty of storage
    Heated seats and grips
    Electronic windshield adjustment
    Great weather protection
    Fun to ride
    Agile

    Best regards,

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by REDC650GT View Post
    Best regards,

    Chris
    Thanks Chris! That was eye-opening.
    2000 K1200RS, 2004 R1100S
    2005 K1200S, 2016 F800GT
    2018 R9T, 2018 C650GT

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    Bought my wife a first year GT a couple recalls nothing more, bike ran great for the 2 years she had it
    Likes it was comfortable, fast and good handling
    Dislikes high cost of maintenance,weight, no cruise control, terrible seat
    Battery died at 2 years
    Buy a used one with current service

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    Quote Originally Posted by t6pilot View Post
    Buy a used one with current service
    Thanks T6 .

    I rarely buy a new bike. Of the 57 I've owned over my 50+ years of riding, I've only purchased maybe 5 new.

    Anyhow, I'm just thinking about it.
    2000 K1200RS, 2004 R1100S
    2005 K1200S, 2016 F800GT
    2018 R9T, 2018 C650GT

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