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F650 Funduro
F650ST Strada
A black BMW F650 fitted with an orange seat, parked on an area of open ground
Manufacturer BMW Motorrad
Production 1993–2000
Successor F650GS / F650CS
Class Strada: Standard / naked
Funduro: Dual-sport
Engine 652 cc Rotax single
Power 42.5 hp (31.7 kW)
Torque 39.2 ft·lbf (53.1 N·m)
Transmission 5-speed, chain drive
Seat height 30.9 in (784.9 mm) (F650S)
Related Aprilia Pegaso
BMW F650GS
Yellow BMW F650GS fitted with optional top box and parked next to a blue car
Manufacturer BMW Motorrad
Production 2000–2007
Predecessor F650 Funduro
Successor F650GS (twin) & F800GS
G650GS
Class Dual-sport
Engine 652 cc, Single Cylinder, Water Cooled, Four-Stroke, DOHC, 4 valves
Power 50 hp (37 kW) @ 6500 rpm
Torque 44 lb·ft (60 N·m) @ 5000 rpm
Transmission 5-speed, O-Ring Chain
Brakes Front: 1 disc, 2 piston caliper; Rear: 1 disc, 1 piston caliper; ABS optional
Tires 19 inch front, 17 inch rear
Seat height 30.9 in (784.9 mm)
Weight 387 lb (175.5 kg) (dry), 423 lb (192 kg) (wet)
Fuel capacity 17.3 litres (1,055.7 cu in)
Related F 650 CS
BMW F650GS Dakar
Blue and white F650GS Dakar bike parked on open ground with tall grass and foxglove flowers
Manufacturer BMW Motorrad
Production 2000–2007
Predecessor F650 Funduro
Successor F650GS (twin) & F800GS
G650GS
Class Dual-sport
Engine 652 cc, Single Cylinder, Water Cooled, Four-Stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
Power 50 hp (37 kW) @ 6500 rpm
Torque 44 lb·ft (60 N·m) @ 5000 rpm
Transmission 5-speed, O-Ring Chain
Brakes Front: 1 disc, 2 piston caliper; Rear: 1 disc, 1 piston caliper; ABS optional
Tires 21 inch front, 17 inch rear
Rake, Trail 29.2°, 4.9 in (124.5 mm)
Wheelbase 58.6 in (1488.4 mm)
Dimensions L 86.2 in (2189.5 mm)
W 35.8 in (909.3 mm)
H 49.8 in (1264.9 mm)
Seat height 34.3 in (871.2 mm)
Weight 390.7 lb (177.2 kg) (dry), 425.5 lb (193.0 kg) (wet)
Fuel capacity 17.3 litres (1,055.7 cu in)
Related F 650 CS
BMW G 650

The BMW F650 is a family of single-cylinder motorcycles that was produced by BMW Motorrad beginning in 1993.[1] Models include the F650ST Strada, F650 Funduro, F650GS and F650GS Dakar. They were the first single-cylinder motorcycles from BMW since the R27, as well as the first chain-drive motorcycles from BMW.[1]

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1993–2001: F650 Funduro and Strada

The BMW F650 Funduro and F650ST Strada were introduced to Europe in 1993 and to the United States in 1997, where they sold at an MSRP of US$7,498.[2] The bikes were jointly designed by BMW and Aprilia, who launched their model as the Pegaso.[3] The BMW bikes, which were built in Italy by Aprilia, were powered by an Austrian 652 cc single cylinder Rotax engine.[2] It was the first BMW motorcycle with chain drive.[2][3] There were two variants: the F650 Funduro was a dual purpose bike, and the F650ST Strada had a smaller 18 inch front wheel and was intended for street use. Both models used two 33 mm Mikuni carburetors.[3]

In 2000,[1] BMW introduced the F650GS to replace the Funduro, and the F650CS Scarver to replace the Strada. In 2001, the original F650 was discontinued.

2000–2007: F650GS and F650GS Dakar

Produced from 2000 to 2007, the BMW F650GS is a dual-purpose motorcycle. It sold over 105,000 units during its production life.[1][4] It was available in a standard model and a taller, more off-road oriented "Dakar" model, named after the Paris Dakar Rally, which BMW rider Richard Sainct won on the F650RR in 1999 and 2000.

Its specifications put it in the 650 cc dual-sport class, competing against bikes such as the Kawasaki KLR650, Suzuki DR650, Honda XR650L, KTM LC4 640, Yamaha XT660 and Honda Transalp. An emergency services specific version of the F650GS, fitted with blue lights and sirens, is still available from BMW Motorrad's Official and special duty vehicles division.[5]

A specially prepared rally raid version of the bike was used by Charley Boorman and his team during the 2006 Dakar Rally while filming their documentary Race To Dakar.

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Design and technology

The F650GS had several advanced technology features for its time, with computer-controlled fuel injection, catalytic converter, a Nikasil-lined cylinder, optional ABS and an airbox designed to exploit the airflow pattern of the bike when in motion. Combined with the bike's high compression ratio and twin sparkplugs (from 2004 onwards), fuel economy and reduced emissions existed alongside high power output. The original F650 single engine was manufactured for BMW by Austrian company Rotax while the bike was assembled by Aprilia. When the F650GS was launched, the full process was brought back in-house.

Amongst the changes from the earlier F650 Funduro, the engine was upgraded to a 43 mm throttle body. The fuel is stored in an under seat fuel tank,[6] and the false tank (where a conventional fuel tank would be) housed the remote oil reservoir (for the dry sump), airbox and battery. This contributed to a lower centre of gravity for improved handling.[1] The bodywork was redesigned by head BMW designer David Robb.[1]

Due to the high numbers sold, the F650GS developed a large aftermarket accessories range and a sizeable owner community. BMW also developed a large range of factory original hard luggage for the bike.

2006: G650

In late 2006, the G series of offroad biased motorcycles was launched using the same 652 cc engine fitted to the F650GS, although that engine is no longer manufactured by Rotax. Models include the Xcountry (Scrambler), the Xchallenge (Enduro), and the Xmoto (supermoto).

2008: F650GS parallel-twin

In 2008, the single cylinder F650GS was discontinued and replaced by an all-new design featuring a 798 cc, parallel twin engine. Intended as a new-generation replacement for the old bikes, the new motorcycle has retained the same F650GS model name, despite the fact that it has a larger engine.

2009: G650GS

In late 2008, BMW relaunched the original single-cylinder F650GS under the new name G650GS in the United States, South America, Greece[1] and Australia.[4][7] The new G650GS is essentially the 2007 single-cylinder F650GS brought back into production with some minor modifications and with the engine assembled by Loncin in China instead of Rotax in Austria, but still using parts manufactured by Rotax in Europe.[1][8][9] The finished engines are shipped back to BMW in Germany where the bikes are assembled. G650GS models with the Chinese-assembled engines can be easily identified as the engines are painted black while in the earlier European-assembled engines were finished in silver. For a short period prior to discontinuation of the bike in 2007 the engines were assembled by Kymco in Taiwan.

The G650GS received some upgrades over the F650GS of 2007: the engine now produces 3 additional horsepower (now 53 hp) and received a stronger 400 watt alternator.[1] In the United States and Australia, ABS and heated grips are now standard equipment instead of additional cost options.[1]

In December 2009 BMW launched in Brazil its first Assembly line out of Germany. The single-cylinder G650GS entered in production to serve the brazilian and South America markets. The motorcycle is assembled in Manaus, Amazonas state, by an agreement between BMW and Dafra (a brazilian motorcycle manufacturer) where BMW installed its production line. The engine is imported from China and many parts come from Germany. The launch price for the brazilian market is U$17.000, as converted from the local currency to the US Dollar in January 2010. (Motorcycles and Cars are highly overtaxed goods in Brazil)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Motorcycle News, February 2009, p29
  2. ^ a b c Wood, Bill (February 1997). "Top Gear: BMW F650". American Motorcyclist (American Motorcyclist Association): 14–15. ISSN 0277-9358. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=I_YDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA14&dq=funduro&ei=V95uSo-3OojszASokfDZDg. Retrieved 28 July 2009.  
  3. ^ a b c Holmstrom, Darwin; Nelson, Brian J. (2000). BMW Motorcycles. MotorBooks/MBI Publishing Company. pp. 141–149. ISBN 9780760310984. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=8XEV3HRlBZ4C&pg=PT61&dq=funduro&ei=V95uSo-3OojszASokfDZDg. Retrieved 28 July 2009.  
  4. ^ a b Brisette, Pete (15 December 2008). "2009 BMW G650GS Review". Motorcycle.com. http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/bmw/2009-bmw-g650gs-review-87721.html.  
  5. ^ "Official and special duty vehicles: F650GS". BMW Motorrad Authorities. http://www.bmw-motorrad-authorities.com/authorities/en/products/f650gs/f650gs_main.html. Retrieved 28 July 2009.  
  6. ^ Barlag, Kimberley (June 200). "Top Gear: What's in a name?". American Motorcyclist (American Motorcyclist Association): 14–15. ISSN 0277-9358. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=OPsDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA14&dq=F650GS&ei=6eVuSprTAY3ENoSlpOEO. Retrieved 28 July 2009.  
  7. ^ "G650GS 2009". BMW Motorrad USA. http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/bikes/bike.jsp?b=2009g650gs&bikeSection=enduro. Retrieved 2008-12-17.  
  8. ^ Motorcycle News (USA), April 2009, page 5
  9. ^ "BMW's radical 3-wheeler on its way". Visordown. http://www.visordown.com/articles/view/bmws_radical_3wheeler_on_its_way_/5267.html. Retrieved 2009-01-09.  

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