• Nov 4th 2008 at 12:22PM
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Click above for high-res gallery of the BMW LO Rider concept

UPDATE: New gallery of high-res images added

BMW has been out of the cruiser market since it stopped building its R 1200 C models a few years back. The market shift towards ever-larger engines was what prompted the German marque's withdraw, as the firm's latest Boxer engines just can't be bored or stroked nearly enough to compete with some of the V-Twin behemoths that currently fill the market. Lately, though, there has been a new segment emerging, and it could be described as custom standards. Sure, placing a torque-rich motor into a standard-style frame isn't anything new, but bikes like the Moto Guzzi Griso, Suzuki B-King and the latest Yamaha VMax prove that there is a revival in that particular niche. BMW could definitely fit into that category with its latest concept bike.

Introduced at the EICMA Show in Milan, the BMW LO Rider concept uses a variation of the standard Boxer theme, stripped down to its bare essentials. Up front, the traditional Bavarian Telelever fork has been replaced with a beefy USD telescopic fork holding twin wavy disc brakes. Two projector-style headlamps add some urban flair to the front of the bike while a single saddle seat marks the bike's minimalist design. Twin high-mount tailpipes, which do an excellent job of exposing the single-sided swingarm, complete the look. Rumors indicate that BMW is seriously testing public reaction to the new concept and could put the bike into production in very short order if demand is there. We say go for it.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a real nut roaster to me.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I can has lowrider?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Form over Fire.
      • 6 Years Ago
      dude, it hink i just filled the cup!

      i'm sure they took the placement of the pipe into consideration, afterall these things are made by engineers and design students/experts... not ABloggers
        • 6 Years Ago
        an inconvenience maybe, a frustration perhaps, harmful and dangerous? only if your blood pressure is not kept in check.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Counterpoint: I-Drive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The perfect bike for people without legs.

      Hi, guys. Anatomy plz. You can not place an exhaust pipe there :p
      • 6 Years Ago
      WANT ONE!

      Seriously, I've been waiting to buy a BMW bike I truly like and this is it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interesting. Not sure it is my cup of tea, and I am A/The BoxerFanatic....

      but there are some interesting things.

      There is a heat-shield contact-guard on the scrambler exhaust. I do prefer an under-the-crankcase design, though. the tips on the end of that are significantly too long.

      The tank is nice looking. The bike itself looks pretty light.

      But why did they go back to forks? Not even Telelever?

      I still want to see a 1200 HexHead bike with K12R's duolever fitted to it, even if it is an aftermarket job.

      The concept rendering is kinda cool, with the red-coated crankcase. That would be interesting with BMW's Blue/White/Red racing paint job...

      But I still want to see the successor to the now-cancelled R1200S. It should have a regular production version of the DOHC boxer from the HP2-Sport, and that is the bike I hope would get the duolever... even though it isn't all that likely. Such an updated version of the R1200S, with a more R1100S-like tail section, for basic side luggage, and a pillion rider.

      Good that they aren't ignoring the Boxer motorcycles, though. With more focus on K-bikes, and their S-series inline race bike development, I was kind of wondering if BMW Motorrad was going to keep working on the R-bike lineup.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Definitely something different from BMW. I would vote for the VMax with my money. It is hard to argue with that badass 200HP V4 and what promises to be trips down the strip in the 9's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love it, finally the krauts are getting some hot designs!! SWEET
      • 6 Years Ago
      Coming soon to a stoplight near you.

      The Raping of the BMW LO Rider

      Directed by: Yamaha
      Starring: VMAX
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aside from the exhaust placement, I love it! So purposeful and minimalistic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At first I liked it, but after second thought the exhaust tips like that look horrid. They should have done something stealthier.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I could see this being on the market for maybe 3-5 years before being discontinued.

        BMW should stick to what it does best - touring and dual sport bikes and leave the rest alone.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks like a German translation of a Confederate bike...
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