March 2015 - Wunderlich America Complete Your BMW

A Brief History of the Classic BMW F650 Funduro

The BMW F650 and F650 ST were launched in Europe in 1993 and then brought to the United States as  slightly updated models in 1997. The standard dual-sport F650 is commonly referred to as the “Funduro” to distinguish it from other versions and later derivatives of the F650 platform that followed over the next decade. The other bike, the BMW F650 ST “Strada” was intended primarily for street use versus the dual-sport nature of the Funduro. The two are nearly identical mechanically, but the Strada features a smaller 18-inch front wheel. Both of the F650 bikes were jointly designed by BMW and Aprilla, was built by Aprilla in Italy and powered by a carbureted single-cylinder 652cc engine from the Austrian company Rotax. This was the first single-cylinder motorcycle from BMW since the mid-1960’s, and also the first chain-driven motorcycle ever offered by BMW. The engine produced 42 hp, and the power was delivered through a 5 speed transmission to a 17-inch wire-spoke rear wheel. It was paired with a 19-inch wheel in the front. Both the Funduro and Strada were discontinued in 2001 and replaced by the BMW F650 GS and ST, respectively. If you have a Funduro or Strada, we at Wunderlich have everything you need to maintain and customize your BMW F650. We carry a full selection of filters, tools, fluids, gaskets to keep those fluids in place, and all the hardware you need to keep your bike on the road for a long time to come. Our [...]

By | March 24th, 2015|BMW F Series|0 Comments

The BMW F650 GS: A brief history of singles and twins

The BMW F650 GS was originally introduced in 2000 as the direct successor to the F650 Funduro, and it featured a 652cc, single-cylinder, water-cooled engine producing 50 hp. It developed a considerable following and aftermarket parts market because of its popularity as an affordable and accessible dual-sport touring bike. In 2007, the F-series was homogenized to all use the same 798cc twin-cylinder engine and the F650 GS name was repurposed for a newer generation bike. After 2007, all F-series bikes only differ in equipment and power output. In 2009, however, the original single-cylinder GS was reintroduced with a variation of the original 652cc motor from Rotax. This time as part of the new G-series, its name became G650 GS and it was released with some minor updates to the original motorcycle. These updates included a 3hp bump in power, a stronger alternator, and now standard ABS and heated grips. The BMW F650 GS Twin received a facelift and new standard equipment, becoming the updated F700 GS. We at Wunderlich America have a full range of replacement parts, aftermarket accessories, and tools to complete and maintain your single-cylinder BMW F650 GS / G650 GS or F650 GS Twin. If you’re taking one of these smaller dual-sport bikes touring, take a look at our selection of rear cases, as well as our famous Elephant tank bag for extra storage and MultiPod navigation mounts for your GPS system. For more comfort and protection on the open road, check out our selection of Ergo [...]

By | March 19th, 2015|Wunderlich|0 Comments

What exactly is the deal with the F650 GS?

In the past few weeks I’ve fielded some questions from a couple of my friends about the F650 GS. With the start of riding season coming up, there are a few motorcycles on the market that have caught their eye. The problem is that several years back BMW made it a little confusing for the uninitiated to figure out exactly what’s going on with the F650 GS. First, let’s take a look at the original F650 GS. This machine, when introduced in 2000, was the successor to the original F650 Funduro from the mid-90s. It’s equipped with a 50hp, 652cc, single-cylinder, water cooled engine with 4 valves and dual overhead camshafts. In GS trim the F650 received a few new features. Probably the biggest change was moving the fuel tank under the seat. The “false tank” up front stored the oil tank, the airbox, and the battery. The body styling was also overhauled to a more modern design. Unlike the Rotax power plant in the Funduro, the engine production for the F650 GS was moved entirely in-house. The F650 GS was pretty advanced for a small-engined motorcycle of the time. It had a computer-controlled fuel injection system, a catalytic converter, ABS, and a tuned airbox. In 2004 the engine received twin spark plugs that improved the fuel economy and power output. It’s a great small motorcycle and perfect if you’re looking for your first bike or something that isn’t as big or bulky as a full-size motorcycle. Unfortunately, BMW discontinued [...]

By | March 17th, 2015|BMW F Series|0 Comments

LIQUI MOLY Oils: The best for your BMW Motorcycle

LIQUI MOLY was founded in 1957 in Ulm, Germany, on the shores of the Danube. The company began out of a patent that was granted for the production of molybdenum disulfide, a lubricant with extremely low friction and that is unaffected by acids and oxygen. Their first marketed product was an additive using liquefied molybdenum disulfide and was used to give the company its name. More than five decades later, LIQUI MOLY is now the number one leading brand of oil in Germany and it is also our preferred motor oil at Wunderlich. We can assure you that LIQUI MOLY products are the finest available anywhere in the world. The research and testing that goes into each and every LIQUI MOLY product is unparalleled. LIQUI MOLY motor oils and engine additives are engineered for high performance and critical applications to retain their lubricity even in cases of almost complete oil loss. We offer nearly fifty different LIQUI MOLY products and accessories across a wide range to keep your motorcycle running at its best. One of the products we carry is the LIQUI MOLY Racing Bike Oil Additive. The additive is a colloidal, molybdenum disulfide solid-lubricant suspended in refined mineral oil. It specially formulated for use in four-stroke motorcycle engines and two-stroke engines. It can be used in engines that have either separated or mixture lubrication systems. If you’re looking to keep the inside of your engine free of particulate and sludge build-up, try both the LIQUI MOLY Pro-Line Engine Flush [...]

By | March 11th, 2015|LIQUI MOLY, Product Information|0 Comments

Why TÜV?

The legal requirements (in Germany) are very precise when it comes to which accessories may be fitted to a motorcycle and which may not. Using components that are not TÜV (Short for German: Technischer Überwachungs-Verein, English: Technical Inspection Association) certified can have fatal consequences. It is well known that there are motorcycle riders who always feel guilty whenever a police car goes by. This is not necessarily to do with the speed they ride at. Often it is simply because of the accessories installed on the bike. Not everything that can be retrofitted to a motorcycle must be approved or blessed by the TÜV in the first place. But when we are talking about parts that increase engine performance, for example, that affect the acoustics or the exhaust behavior, or that alter the contours of the vehicle, things are rather different. In these cases, it is not only a sensible precaution, but also an urgent requirement, to verify the parts and their interaction with the motorcycle. We at Wunderlich go to great lengths to have all of the accessories that we offer tested by the TÜV for their operating safety on the road. This is not always the case in the industry. However, we see it as our duty and our responsibility to our customers to offer only safe accessories. This is a matter of course for us and we know that our customers appreciate our efforts in this area. In the end, it is in the interests of every [...]

By | March 4th, 2015|Testing|0 Comments
Load More Posts