Is it possible to convert 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 from Cafemoto in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, saw potential in the idea. While Cafemoto primarily works with BMW boxers and K-series bikes, Georg has a soft spot for older BMW singles. So when his son turned 18 and could upgrade from his 125 cc bike, Georg decided to take on the project.

Georg chose the Funduro because it has a similar frame to the Honda Dominator, but with a better liquid-cooled engine that offers more torque and horsepower. He also noted that there aren’t many custom F650s, and the Funduro is more affordable compared to the BMW G650 series.

Transforming the bulky Funduro into a sleek street tracker wasn’t an easy task. The main challenge was the bike’s welded subframe, which limited modifications under Germany’s strict TÜV standard. To hide the rear frame, Cafemoto used a modified fiberglass flat track tail section with large side panels. They also customized a Yamaha DT400 gas tank to create a slim profile that fit the BMW frame.

Instead of using a generic number board, Cafemoto crafted a custom aluminum unit for the front forks, complete with a boxy mounting bracket to tidy up the cabling. LED projector lights and slim LED turn signals were added, along with a combination taillight and turn signal LEDs at the rear.

To achieve the desired stance, Georg and Holger used a suspension lowering kit from Touratech and progressive springs. They also re-laced the wheels with aluminum Akront rims, opting for an 18-inch rear wheel instead of the stock 17 inches. Avon Trekrider tires were fitted because there are limited options for 19-inch rear tires on the market.

The build features a custom-made titanium exhaust from G.P.R. Exhaust Systems in Italy, positioned on the right side of the bike for a flat track aesthetic. Cafemoto also added a custom chain guard, a tidy front fender, and a bash plate for protection.

The fuel tank, borrowed from a Yamaha, is painted in a period-correct Yamaha ‘Competition Yellow’ with subtle Cafemoto branding. Matte gold powder-coating was applied to the wheels for an extra touch of vintage style. Georg affectionately named the project ‘Bumblebee’ because of its color and transformation.

Not only has Cafemoto proven that the BMW F650 Funduro can be converted into a street tracker, but they’ve also given Georg’s son an impressive upgrade from his previous bike. The ‘Bumblebee’ combines the agility of a lightweight street bike with the soul of a flat tracker.