Project Phoenix


Model:                         BMW F 650 ST
Year:                            1998
Category:                     Enduro / Offroad

Displacement:             652.00 ccm (39.79 cubic inches)
Engine type:                Single cylinder, four-stroke
Valves per cylinder:   4
Power:                          48.00 HP (35.0 kW))Torque:57.00 Nm (5.8 kgf-m or 42.0 ft.lbs)
Top speed:                   165.0 km/h (102.5 mph)

Gearbox:                      5-speed                                                             
Final drive:                  Chain

Front brakes:             Single disc (Brembo)
Rear brakes:               Single disc (Brembo)

Dry weight:                 173.0 kg (381.4 pounds)
Power/weight ratio:  0.2775 HP/kg

The Project

Recently acquired is a BMW F650 ST, Named project Phoenix due to the extensive fire damage the rear third of the bike has suffered. So it was felt this was a fitting name.

The rear third as most will know houses a great deal of electrical items on most bikes!

So the first stage task list is rather larger then normal!

  • Recover BMW F650 ST
  • Identify the level of damage
  • Strip out damaged items
  • Put a wish list of parts together
  • Identify Parts Priority order (to get it running)

After removing the remains of the burnt panels, I found that actually It was rather lucky and should be repairable with out to much expense. As the project develops we will try our best to document each stage. but the priority is to achieve putting the life back into it. So to achieve this  I have listed the priority parts below.

  • Main wiring loom (New)
  • Voltage Regulator (New)
  • Starter Solenoid (New)
  • Battery (New)
Shane Marriott

Shane Marriott

Shane has a hunger for adventure that neither his wallet, free time nor other-half will support. Ever the optimist, after riding a Suzuki Bandit 600 for a few years and completing a Level 1 Advanced course at the "World of BMW" school in Wales he has put his money where is mouth is and invested in a brand new, fully spec'd BMW R1200GS Adventure ("30 Years GS" version). It is planned that this awesome machine will take him round Iceland, help him win the HUMM event and get safely to the beer festival in Germany! So; is Shane ready for the Adventure? I think we need to ask if the Adventure is ready for him?