September 16, 2008

G 650 Xcountry (quick) Review

I did 50km today on a BMW G 650 Xcountry as my loaner bike while the R12 was in the shop. Overall, it was an okay bike, but it wasn't anything special. I prefer my old F650CS for it's handling, looks, and brakes. The Xcountry would make a good commuter though, and I'll hazzard a guess it would be a capable technical bike offroad but could have stability issues in high-speed rough stuff.

Initial impressions:
* very soft suspension as there was a lot of travel on the front
* poor brakes
* high (high!) seat
* decent power
* close handlebars
* liked to wobble in the wind on the highway

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