F650GS Dakar £4495

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

Stick­ing to the road with just a dash of gravel? This is the best choice, and the most com­fort­able.

De­spite bear­ing the Dakar name, the F650GS of­fers a much softer ap­proach to sin­gle-cylin­der trailies. It’s the ad­ven­ture ver­sion of the stan­dard GS, and comes with a Dakar paintjob, taller screen and seat, spoked wheels and longer sus­pen­sion.

But it’s still more at home on the road com­pared to the other three. It’s not a bike you can push hard; it quickly wal­lows and is heavy when tipped into bends, and the gear­box is clunky. But, it’s a proper work­horse with smooth power de­liv­ery and a rid­ing po­si­tion that’s far more suited to tour­ing than off-road­ing as you sink into its comfy seat.

It will tackle gravel tracks and fire roads but not much more as it is re­ally a road bike with light off-road abil­i­ties which suits the oc­ca­sional dirt rider. Plenty around sec­ond­hand.

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