BMW Motorbike Setup

Vehicle Background

After riding a 250cc Yamaha cruiser bike for a couple of years it was time to upgrade especially after moving to a new home further away from our jobs and having a longer commute to work.

I’ve always liked the idea of the touring/hybrid style bikes intended for onroad and offroad riding. In Australia motorbike licences have restrictions for beginners to avoid them riding high powered motorbikes while learning to ride. As I haven’t upgraded my licence to an open unrestricted licence I needed to purchase a bike which is classed under the LAMS (Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme) list meaning the power-to-weight ratio is low enough to be ridden by a learner.

This left me with few options to choose from. These are the options I narrowed down to:

  • Suzuki DR650
  • Kawasaki KLR650
  • BMW F650GS Dakar
  • BMW G650GS Sertao
  • KTM 640 Adventure (pre 2002)
  • Honda XR650

After much research I decided the BMW F650GS Dakar would suit my needs as an everyday commuter and also to take on solo and double up camping trips with Tegan. Because the bikes finished production in 2007 they have become harder to find particularly because owners tend to hold onto them. I looked at two Dakars before I found the one below off a guy that had bought it directly from the BMW factory in Germany. The extra accessories and mods made to the bike already made it a touring/camp ready bike from the get go.


Taking the Dakar on its first camping trip
Solo camping with motorbike and swag
Camping with Tegan in a small hiking tent
Aluminium panniers by Happy Trail