• Mar 10th 2008 at 7:28PM
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It's been long-rumored that BMW is considering a campaign in the Superbike racing world with a machine inspired by the bikes from Japan. In fact, test mules have been seen lapping racing circuits with Yamaha R6 bodywork, meaning that the chassis and engine are quite compact for this class. BMW has made liter-bikes before, but none have used the industry-standard chassis layout placing the four-cylinder engine transversely between the frame rails with chain-drive and upside-down forks. It will be interesting to see what engineering details BMW chooses to utilizes, because they never do anything exactly like everybody else. The bike should make 190 horsepower or more to do battle in Superbike racing if they want to be competitive. The above image was commissioned by Motociclismo and may be fairly accurate since we already know so much about what will be underneath the skin.

Like the Aprilia RSV-4, the BMW will give riders, racers and spectators a few interesting story-lines when World Superbike starts back up for the 2009 season.

[Source: Motociclismo via Hell for Leather Magazine]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      190HP? I think that the best bikes need 220+HP.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice training wheels!
      • 7 Years Ago
      that img looks like some yamaha-wanna-be.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, it does say that it would be inspired by the Japanese superbikes...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sounds like a GO to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it would be about time
      • 7 Years Ago
      No Paralever Evo shaft drive?
      No Duolever (Hossack-derived) front suspension?
      Not even a Paralever?

      What is left that is BMW about this bike, besides the K-series engine? That is a very nice engine, but it is not the boxer twin that BMW has been known for, for more than half a century.

      HP2 Sport with the DOHC Boxer seems like a more interesting bike.

      This might as well be a KawaYamaHonZuki, not that those are bad, either. But BMW is different, at least was.
        • 7 Years Ago

        I like the new BMW inline 4 cylinder. I recently purchased a 07 K1200R Sport and this new engine just screams. I duolever front end actually is better than telelever even though you get a tad more dive than before, it just inspires more confidence than any front end I have ridden on.

        That being said... while their twins are great; had a R1200RT before the K; their design cannot compete with ducati so they are left in the 4 cylinder arena. Now the current 1200 makes around 160hp so getting a 1000 to 190 should make for an interesting engine.

        Still I would be disappointed if something other than the engine "says BMW" Duolever isn't compact enough leading to longer wheelbase bikes than what this racing class would tolerate.
      • 7 Years Ago
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