Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 vs. BMW F 800 GS 2008

Kawasaki Versys 650 2008

Kawasaki Versys 650 2008

BMW F 800 GS 2008

BMW F 800 GS 2008

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Overview - Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 vs BMW F 800 GS 2008

The Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 and the BMW F 800 GS 2008 are both enduro motorcycles with similar engine and drive train specifications. They both have a 2-cylinder engine and use a chain transmission. However, there are some notable differences between the two models.

In terms of engine power, the BMW F 800 GS 2008 has a higher output with 85 HP compared to the Kawasaki Versys 650 2008's 64 HP. This gives the BMW F 800 GS an advantage in terms of acceleration and overall performance.

In terms of dimensions and weights, the BMW F 800 GS 2008 has a longer wheelbase at 1578 mm compared to the Kawasaki Versys 650 2008's 1415 mm. This longer wheelbase may provide better stability and handling at higher speeds. Additionally, the BMW F 800 GS 2008 has a slightly higher seat height at 850 mm compared to the Kawasaki Versys 650 2008's 835 mm. This may be more suitable for taller riders or those who prefer a higher riding position.

Kawasaki Versys 650 2008

Kawasaki Versys 650 2008

When it comes to weight, the Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 is slightly lighter with a dry weight of 181 kg compared to the BMW F 800 GS 2008's 191 kg. This lighter weight may make the Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 easier to handle and maneuver in tight spaces or off-road conditions.

In terms of fuel tank capacity, the Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 has a larger capacity at 19 liters compared to the BMW F 800 GS 2008's 16 liters. This means that the Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 may have a longer range before needing to refuel.

BMW F 800 GS 2008

BMW F 800 GS 2008

In terms of strengths, the Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 is designed for a broad target group and offers easy handling and a good chassis. This makes it suitable for riders of different skill levels and provides a positive riding experience. On the other hand, the BMW F 800 GS 2008 has a lower price compared to other models in its class and offers a positive ride comfort. It is also considered beginner-friendly and relatively luxurious.

In terms of weaknesses, the Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 could benefit from a slightly higher power output. On the other hand, the BMW F 800 GS 2008 has been reported to have an annoying background noise in the high rev range, which may be a drawback for some riders. Additionally, the BMW F 800 GS 2008 does not offer optional extras of the big GS, limiting customization options for riders.

Overall, both the Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 and the BMW F 800 GS 2008 have their own strengths and weaknesses. The choice between the two will depend on the rider's preferences, intended use, and budget.

Technical Specifications Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 compared to BMW F 800 GS 2008

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Engine and Drive Train

Engine powerEngine power64 HPEngine power85 HP
TransmissionTransmissionChainTransmissionChain
CylindersCylinders2Cylinders2
StrokesStrokes4-StrokeStrokes4-Stroke
CoolingCoolingliquidCoolingliquid
DisplacementDisplacement649 ccmDisplacement798 ccm

Dimensions and Weights

WheelbaseWheelbase1415 mmWheelbase1578 mm
Seat HeightSeat Height835 mmSeat Height850 mm
Dry WeightDry Weight181 kgDry Weight191 kg
Fuel Tank CapacityFuel Tank Capacity19 lFuel Tank Capacity16 l
Top SpeedTop Speed185 km/hTop Speed200 km/h
License compliancyLicense compliancyALicense compliancyA

Pros and Cons in comparison

Pros and Cons in comparison

Kawasaki Versys 650 2008

Kawasaki Versys 650 2008

The brakes, chassis and engine fit the concept very well and do not show any weakness. The Versys' engine is just as lively as the vehicle itself and revs up most snappily. Especially important: Is by far the most willing wheelie machine in the field.

Designed for a broad target group

easy handling

good chassis

positive riding experience.

Power could be a little higher.

BMW F 800 GS 2008

BMW F 800 GS 2008

For us, the 800 GS is not a small GS, but a GS for non-BMW fans. So in principle it combines the virtues of the 1200 without its quirks, as newcomers would say.

Low price

positive ride comfort

beginner-friendly

low weight

relatively luxurious.

Annoying background noise in the (necessary) high rev range

no optional extras of the big GS

Price Comparison Avarage Market Price Kawasaki Versys 650 vs BMW F 800 GS

There are a few key differences between a Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 and a BMW F 800 GS 2008. In terms of price, the actual average price of a BMW F 800 GS 2008 is about 69% higher. A Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 experiences a loss of 290 USD in one year and 550 USD in two years of ownership. This is offset by a loss of 480 USD and 1,630 USD for a BMW F 800 GS 2008. Compared to BMW F 800 GS 2008 there are more Kawasaki Versys 650 2008 bikes available on the 1000PS.de Marketplace, specifically 6 compared to 5. It takes less time to sell a BMW F 800 GS with 47 days compared to 68 days for the Kawasaki Versys 650. Since model year 2007 1000PS.de editors have written 39 reviews for the Kawasaki Versys 650 and 22 reviews for the BMW F 800 GS since model year 2008. The first review for the Kawasaki Versys 650 was published on 7/25/2006 and now has more than 3,900 views. This compares to more than 32,600 views for the first review on BMW F 800 GS published on 11/7/2007.

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