@ 6500 rpm
Review by:: Geraint Lewis
I have just bought the 2006 BMW Dakar 650cc and I am so pleased
with my choice. It was difficult to put money on a bike that
I couldn't try (I had just passed my motorbike test at the age
of 38) and the garage said that I would have to have been riding
for a year for their insurance. I picked it up three weeks ago
and bonded with the bike immediately. It is a mix of real upright,
in your face motorcycling, with big nobbly tyres and great bodywork
graphics. It is so light around town, and great on the motorway
with just myself or the wife on the back.
If I can give any advice, it would be to buy the top box. At
31 litres it is so big. I put 4 bags of shopping in it and there
was still room for my laptop and papers from work.
It is a cliché but you will not be disappointed. I had
ridden and owned a few bikes before, when I did a year away
before University (Suzuki DR 500), and when I was teaching in
Greece, (Honda NX 250)..... Yes I was riding illegally in both
countries but was used to the big Traillie bikes. I had aspired
to own the Honda Africa Twin one day, but when I walked into
the showroom and saw the 650 Dakar waiting to be picked up by
another customer... I just had to have one and ordered it there
on the spot.
I have fitted the topbox and Touratech side lights and am saving
to get the panniers for the side.
BMW do make incredible bikes.... After I have finished paying
off this one, the next stop is the BMW GS 1200! I can't wait..... Go on buy one!