Can you turn the BMW F650 Funduro into a street tracker?

Very few people would pick a mid-90s BMW F650 Funduro as a donor for a flat track-style custom build, but Georg Godde reckons the idea has merit. He runs the BMW specialist workshop Cafemoto in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, with his partner-in-crime, Holger Maninger. And even though the Cafemoto portfolio mostly features BMW boxers and K-series bikes, Georg has a soft spot for older BMW singles.

Cafemoto’s last single-cylinder build was a BMW G650 Xcountry street tracker, and Georg was keen to build another Rotax-powered Beemer. So when his son turned 18 this year and could finally step up from 125 cc bikes to bigger machines, he talked himself into the project.

So why choose the humble Funduro this time around? “There are a lot of really beautiful Honda Dominator conversions, and the BMW F650 has a similar frame design behind its fat and boring fairings,” Georg answers. “It also has a better, liquid-cooled engine, with more torque and horsepower than the Honda.”

“There aren’t many custom F650s—and those that have been customized often have really bad proportions. And the price of the Funduro is really low—even compared to the BMW G650 series.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Can you turn the BMW F650 Funduro into a street tracker?
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Published Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2023 17:01:41 +0000


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