Having a bit of a rough start to the new year as my WR250R was stolen on New Year's Eve morning. She was my only vehicle and dammit I liked it that way, so its time for a new motorbike.
There's very little else that interests me right now so I was planning on simply replacing it with another WR250R, especially considering she gave me a stone reliable and tons of fun for 16,000+ miles in 9 months before being taken from me. But something did catch my eye, the local BMW dealership has a 2009 G650GS-P police demo for sale. I like the looks of the little GS and think it would fit 95% of the riding I do (commuting ~20 miles to work, lots of urban/suburban/rural pavement and dirt road riding) better than the Yamaha since its going to again be my only vehicle. I am going to miss the capability of doing some of the more gnarly DS rides locally, but the day to day livability might make up for it.
In the mean time, what should I know about the BMW 650 singles? Whats special or unique to the police models? I know the earlier models had fork failure issues, did that continue with the later ones? Do they have any electrical gremlins or mechanical problems to watch out for? Any must do mods? How hard is basic maintenance to do on them? Are there decent dual sport tires for the stock 19" front and 17" wheels? Are there other places to get aftermarket bits other than Touratech that aren't quite $$so proud$$ of their products? How expensive are BMW replacement parts?
Sorry for the long post, thanks in advance!
2008 Yamaha WR250R