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Adventures with the F650 Funduro

LD Touring on my BMW K1100LT

Loaded and ready for bear?... bare?... Anyhow, It's all about an F650 Adventure called Funduro . . .

1997 F650 Funduro, color... Deep Black
Shawn on F650 Funduro
F650 Funduro starting mileage
Starting Mileage    
  ADVTR Plate
F650 Adventure Plate
  F650 Funduro Photo
Full Dress Panniers
F650 Funduro Photo
F650 Profile
F650 Funduro Photo
Stock F650 Windshield
F650 Funduro at Home
Sans Panniers
F650 Funduro Left Rear
Jesse Bags Stand Out
F650 Funduro Side View
Stock Saddle
F650 Funduro Left Front
RKA Tank Bag
F650 Funduro Right Front
Ready to GO
F650 Funduro On the Maine Coast
Local on the Coast
F650 Funduro Plate
Significant Presence
F650 Funduro at Two Lights
Loves the Sand
F650 Funduro w/ Lighthouse
Taking in the Sights
Purchased from California BMW Triumph

This Adventure Touring machine arrived in November, 2001. Sadly, due to business financial obligations, I sold this Adventure Touring machine in June, 2005. I wonder who is touring on this beauty right now?! This Back-country Ready Funduro!

Mileage Tracking
1997 F650 Funduro  Nov '01 - Jun '05
Year (Dates) Starting

2005 - April 9 thru June 23 18,495 18,510 15
2004 - Feb 7 thru October 17,703 18,495 792
2003 - May 3 thru Oct 13 16,836 17,703 867
2002 - Jan 1 thru Oct 13 15,351 16,836 1,485
2001 - Nov 30 thru Dec 31 14,801 15,351 550
- - - - Total Miles - - - - 3,709

The 1979 BMW F650 Funduro is an excellent all around motorcycle. This particular motorcyle was equipped beautifully for on/off road riding and excursions. The bike is light at 450 lbs, nimble around town, and relatively stable at highway speeds. Not a bike I would use for extended highway speed trips, it does feel a little tentative on high speed passes. Though, if I had to, I would take this cross country without a problem. Part of the instability was probably the extra equipment that was mounted fairly high on the bike. With the tank bag(s) loaded and the top box with weight in it, it did tend to be a little top heavy. Load up the rear panniers and it settled down a little.

This baby had Race-tech front fork springs, Ohlins rear shocks, heated grips, Jesse Panniers and top box, RKA tank bag w/panniers, throttle lock, custom Corbin seat, and Continental knobbies. Any real off-road riding usually required removing the Corbin for better reach. I loaded it up several times for rally trips with tools, clothing, camping gear and photo equipment. After that, there certainly wasn't any room for a passenger.

Contrary to popular belief from the unknowing, the knobbies rode very well on tarmac and the highway. I cruised back roads and highway many times without feeling like I was riding on a washboard. That seemed a common retort that I would receive from people. Really, they have no clue. It also handled excellently in corners. The only problem that one could assert to the knobbies was a never ending desire to run off the road when a dirt road was spotted, or even just soft shoulder!!

I never got a chance to put a large amount of miles on this baby while I owned it. I usually used it for weekend rides, any rough road excursion, and around town. This is only because I prefer my K1100LT tourer when spending any real time on the highway. And, for a few years, I spent most of my weeks commuting to Boston or New Jersey.

I've sold this wonderful machine but would certainly like to pick up another to outfit for the same purpose in the future. It was really fun to ride, great to take offroad, and awesome to own.

I have listed a number of pieces of equipment and information on this page regarding the equipment that was on this bike. This is for other F650 owners or wanna be owners. Hopefully, it will be useful for other Adventure Touring enthusiasts! Enjoy!

F650 Equipment
RKA 29.75 liter
The RKA tank bag has good space and includes two side panniers for plenty of on-tank storage room. RKA
Jesse Panniers
and Topbox
The Jesse panniers are a solid addition to the F650. The optional racks make tying down additional gear an easy alternative. Modifications required were an extension of the exhaust and moving the rear blinkers onto a bracket off the license plate. These babies are TOUGH and a must on any F650. Jesse
Ohlins 46PRCS Rear Shock The Ohlins rear shock installed gives a very solid ride! - Very Nice! Awsome Shock! Better ride than my K1100LT! Ohlins
Race Tech Fork Springs Reinforced springs in the front forks for serious on-off road, as well as the protective boots. This was so good, I added the Race Techs to my K1100LT forks. Race Tech
Corbin Dual Canyon Seat The stock seat lasts about 30 minutes before getting old. This Corbin lasted a whole lot longer. It can handle mud and water, but I never used it offroad. The stock seat is better off road and I didn't want to submit my $400 seat to that abuse! Corbin
Continental TKC80 Tires Installed the 80% offroad, 20% onroad TKC80 knobbies. Strong addition. They run great, both on and off road. Don't let anybody tell you that a ride on knobbies will shake your teeth loose! The ride on these tires was great on and off road. But beware! They make you want to exit the highway when sand and dirt have been seen!! Continental Tire
BMW Accessories This Funduro includes heated BMW grips, hand guards, two BMW accessory ports, floating rotors. BMW
The Chain Gang! No F650 is complete without a membership in the online F650 group called The Chain Gang. These people can answer any question about your F650 and even questions about things you really don't want to know! Worth the few bucks - lots of resources. With this and the Clymer F650 service book, maintenance is no problem.

Helpful BMW Shops
Street Cycles Fun Center
Falmouth, ME
Max BMW Motorsports
North Hampton, NH
Dunbar EuroSports
Brockton, MA
Bob's BMW
Jessup, MD
California BMW
Mountain View, CA

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