I bought the xCountry back in June 2014 and initially listed the modifications I felt necessary to turn the bike into something that I’d want to take on an adventure (read crossing countries/continents on a mixture of surfaces).
A detailed account of the modifications and accessories I’ve added to my BMW G650 xCountry to turn it into a long term tourer and adventure travel bike.
Well chicks might dig Dakars, but after a year of ownership and 10,000 miles I’ve finally sold mine. The Dakar served me well on Trips to Hungary, Spain, and Wales, but I decided that I wanted something a little lighter and more agile.
What’s your dream adventure bike? A F650 Dakar, BMW X-Challenge, KTM690, DRZ400, or perhaps the XT660z Tenere? These are just some of the tried and tested bikes used by overland riders worldwide. (We’ll almost, some Americans are still bitter about Yamaha not realising the Tenere there.
I’ve had the Dakar for five months now, and recently put 3,000 miles on it during a trip to Budapest at the end of August.
Having ridden sports bikes since 2008 I decided that it was time for a change. As my interest in adventure travel grew I began looker for an overlander that would be equally at home on the tarmac as it would off it.