“Write about something that is iconic to you. Include a photograph.”
When I first saw the BMW F650GS, I thought it was the most beautiful, outrageous motorcycle I had ever seen, especially the black one. It looked thrillingly frightening, intimidating, but gorgeous, just sitting there on the showroom floor at Victory BMW in Chandler, AZ.
I had only recently begun to ride motorcycles, and thought, if I could only be able to ride a bike like that. Little did I know …
I got my first black F650GS, a used 2005 model, but it turned out to be not a good bike for me. It had a lot of issues, but I thought it was just me so I sold it. I looked for another brand of dual sport motorcycle to replace the GS, but never found what I wanted. So, I decided to give the GS another chance. I found another one, this time a black 2006 F650GS with only 100 miles on it. The guy I bought it from lived on a dirt road, so when I rode the bike home, the first miles I rode it were in dirt. I was so excited because this GS felt good to me. It felt so good that a couple of weeks later I rode it to and around Colorado for a week.
The rest, as they say, is history. The black F650GS that I named Jewel was my only touring bike for a couple of years until I got my F800ST. But that didn’t mean I stopped riding the GS, or even stopped taking it on long trips. I rode it on day trips that were mainly off-road, and I still took it on long trips that were focused on dirt riding.
In Death Valley, Hal is on the right:
Jewel’s been through just about everything, including the Death Valley adventure last year that turned into facing down a strong winter storm as we fought our way home. Jewel’s been in very rough terrain as well, but in contrast, been on the interstate keeping up with big trucks.
I love my Jewel, aptly named, I think. She has 43,000 miles now. I keep looking at other bikes, thinking there might be a better dual sport motorcycle, but I haven’t found one.
Jewel in snow:
My BMW F650GS is my iconic motorcycle, the symbol of all the different types of riding that I love. Every time I get on the GS, I think to myself over and over, I love this bike!