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BMW F650 CS long MOT high mileage so low price. SOLD (2002)
|BMW 650 built in 2002 and using the Rotax watercooled fuel injected engine BEFORE BMW moved production to China. |
This bike is being sold with faults as a spares, repair, restoration project but read on, it certainly is cheap.
It does have an MOT and in daily use.
Lets start with the obvious faults. It's done 56,000 miles which is fairly high for most bikes, but these engines do have a good reputation.
Cosmetically it is nasty, needs a really good wash and almost certainly some cosmetic care if this bothers you. Various scratches, chips, etc. No significant or structural corrosion, so if it doesn't bother you, don't clean it.
Mechanically there are a couple of issues. If you change up in to second and give it a handful of throttle it snatches badly and jumps in and out of second. However if you change into second accelerate gently and then change into third you will never even notice this. If you spend all day in the city acceleration hard off the lights this is going to really get on your nerves, but if you ride in the country in the higher gears and go touring it will hardly every bother you. Other gears are fine, as is the clutch.
There is a very small drip of coolant from the pump drain. This is only when running, and uses almost zero water. There is a seal behind the pump impeller and when this seal is worn the water gets behind the impeller. Rotax (the engine designers) know this so they have built in a drain that drips so this water does not mix with the oil in the engine. It clearly works as the oil is clean and has no coolant in it. Previous owner told me the impeller and seal were changed and it made no difference at all. I would just live with this as part of it's character. It does not over heat and the fan cuts in correctly if stuck in traffic.
So there are some good point as well. It's comfortable, it's economical, the heated grips look scruffy, but work perfectly. There is an old scruffy Garmin sat nav fitted that works. It has ABS and although I haven't deliberately tried to lock the wheels at speed, the warning light goes out as it should. The belt drive looks to be in good condition. The last owner kept it and used it almost daily for 10 years, so it's not unusable or a complete wreck.
We took this as part exchange against a newer, smaller lighter bike as the owner no longer needs to cover big distances. It is below our normal standard in terms of both condition and mileage. So it is being offered at trade prices as a spares, repairs, restoration, or rat bike project (might look cool sprayed matt black).
MOT runs out 10th March 2017 (yes really 2017).
Priced is fixed, I can get this for it as a breaker.