One of the questions we often are asked is on the difference between a certain pair of motorcycle models. You probably already know what we’re talking about, even if you didn’t read the title. In 2000, BMW introduced the F650 GS as a replacement for the original F650 Funduro from the late 90’s. The new model received an updated version of the old 652cc single-cylinder engine, except now with dual overhead cams and producing 50hp. The biggest changes over the Funduro, however, were probably the new location of the gas tank, now under the seat, and updated body styling. The “false tank” up front stored the oil tank, the airbox, and the battery. In 2004 the engine was updated again with twin spark plugs that boosted the power output as well as the fuel economy. It was a great small motorcycle that offered something much more nimble and easier to ride on the trail than a full-size R or K-series bike. However, the original F650 GS was discontinued in 2007 and was replaced by a whole new line of twin-cylinder F-series motorcycles that carried a similar name but were vastly different.
The single-cylinder GS motorcycle was such a venerable hit with small-bike motorcycle tourists that it wasn’t gone for long. In 2009, BMW re-launched the motorcycle as the brand-new BMW G650 GS. This new 650 is truer to its Funduro heritage with the same single-cylinder, Rotax-based, 652cc engine. In G-series trim, however, the engine produces an additional 3hp. In the United States and Australian markets the motorcycle also gets a few more creature comforts over the older bikes with heated grips, standard ABS, and a stronger alternator to run it all.
As time passes, the original Funduro and first generation F650 GS are getting a bit long in the tooth, but the BMW G650 GS is still a great way to enjoy BMW’s small-engine GS heritage on a brand-new machine. However, just like those older motorcycles, we have all the parts you need to maintain, repair, and customize your BMW G650 GS. At Wunderlich America, we’re small motorcycle nuts, just like you are. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
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