BMW is set to honor its long and storied motorcycle history with a new model next year. Stephan Schaller, the president of BMW Motorrad, announced the new bike will bow with an air-cooled, horizontally-opposed two-cylinder boxer engine as a tribute to the R 32. That bike first debuted in 1923 and laid the groundwork for the next 90 years of BMW motorcycle manufacturing. Aside from the sketch you see above, BMW is keeping details about its new bike to itself. We're told information on the creation's model designation, price and launch date will all come soon.

Schaller made the announcement at this year's EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan, and we have to say we're fans of the sketch. With its shorty bars, round head lamp and truncated tail section, the bike looks to be everything we love about modern naked bikes with a proper dose of classic flair. Check out the brief presser below.
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Multifaceted Concept To Commemorate 90th Anniversary of BMW Motorrad

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – November 13, 2012...In his speech at the international motorcycle show EICMA in Milan, BMW Motorrad President Stephan Schaller announced that BMW Motorrad will be presenting a new model with air-cooled 'boxer' engine in 2013 as a special way of marking the "90 years of BMW Motorrad" anniversary.

As long ago as 1923, the very first BMW motorcycle - the BMW R 32 – provided what was to become the genetic basis for the BMW Motorrad boxer series over nine decades: an air-cooled, 2-cylinder 4-stroke 'boxer' engine with longitudinally mounted crankshaft and shaft drive to the rear wheel. Always combined with innovative technology and thrilling design - and with one priority above all else: sheer riding pleasure.

The new, distinctive motorcycle to be produced next year will express the genes of 90 years of BMW Motorrad combined with emotional styling and innovative technology to create a new, multifaceted vehicle concept.

The model designation and date of the market launch will be announced at a later date.


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      AM2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like its based on the 2008 BMW Lo Rider Concept. http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/prototype-spy-concept/2009-BMW-LoRiderConceptd.jpg http://www.zercustoms.com/news/images/BMW/BMW-Lo-Rider-5.jpg http://thekneeslider.com/images/bmwlorider7.jpg
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring on the cafe racers!
      rickpv8945
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would buy that bike in a heartbeat. I have an R90S and it is by far my favorite of the 4 bikes I own. This just looks like an updated version. Better brakes, better handling and hopefully more power. $15,000 I'm in! Bags & a windscreen? - build your own bike!
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      New Honda CB1100 just came out.Cool article. http://world.honda.com/design/designers-talk/cb1100/
      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      Given I have been lusting over the Guzzi Griso SE, this could be very interesting. The Guzzi comes in around 12.5K, and I can't see them hitting that price point.
      Julio Arreaga
      • 2 Years Ago
      So this will definitely be a cafe? I love the R80s. This is very promising as long as they price it right..
        Richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Julio Arreaga
        the last time BMW priced anything right was about 15 years ago...
          Julio Arreaga
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Richard
          Hahaha good point sir. Well as long as it doesn't pass the $12k too much, I'd still be interested. I'm looking to add a cafe to my garage. Guess the other option would be to build/rebuild one, but I don't have those kinds of skills =/
        matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Julio Arreaga
        Did you mean R90S?
          Julio Arreaga
          • 2 Years Ago
          @matt
          No, the R80.. I was trying to refer to the plural, but I guess does look like I was referring to a nonexistent model. I was talking about this: http://www.bikeexif.com/bmw-r80-3
      AndreMoraes
      • 1 Year Ago
      Any news and new pics?
      darkwingedduck
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tail is too short and it it needs bags and a windscreen. But that's just me.
      Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh good, now we'll have more hipsters on the road... at least they'll know all about the front of my car.
      Mat Ronn
      • 2 Years Ago
      official beginning of the zombie apocalypse
      matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own an airhead with a few cafe touches. I'm a little surprised BMW is doing this. I would think that BMW is too practical for a cafe racer bike. My prediction is that the initial motorcycle is good, but BMW messes it up when they try to put bags and a windscreen on it.
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