There aren't a lot of automakers also making motorcycles. Honda, Suzuki, Peugeot, BMW... along with Triumph once upon a time and Yamaha dabbling in the automotive consultancy business. That just about covers it. But there are plenty churning out branded bicycles, and Bimmer's M division is the latest.
The 28-pound cycle is based on a sleek aluminum frame, available in three sizes and coated in matte anthracite paint. It's topped by a leather fi'zi:k saddle with a red inlay and fitted with a Manitou Match front suspension fork, Shimano SLX gear system – what, no dual-clutch transmission? – and disc brakes front and rear.
The BMW M Bike will only be made in limited quantities starting in June from select dealership and www.bmw-shop.com. Just don't expect dealers to begin giving them away free with the purchase of a new X3 like Volkswagen did with Trek. Details in the press release after the jump.
Munich. The BMW M Bike is a spectacular combination of state-of-the-art technology and exclusive design. Disc brakes and an elegant matt anthracite frame with the M logo combine perfectly with the leather saddle, stunning rims and handles, and shiny red seat inlay. Characteristic of the entire M collection, which, like the BMW M model itself, stands for the extraordinary and unique.
The thrill of speed.
Anyone who rides this sporty speed bike through the city or takes a short tour through the countryside will immediately attract a lot of attention - at least for a few seconds. The high total gear ratio transmission delivers astonishing speed.
The best of the best.
The BMW M Bike's fi'zi:k saddle is made from the highest quality leather with a red inlay. This ensures extra riding comfort and superior grip. The built-in Shimano SLX gear system is light and sturdy. The Manitou Match suspension fork on the front wheel is incredibly durable and the disc brakes make for a clean stop.
Starting in June 2010 BMW M Bikes will be available in a special limited edition at select BMW dealers and online at www.bmw-shop.com.
Here you'll also find choice textiles and other accessories from the M Collection, including the M Cabin Bag, a travel bag made from the finest leather, or the M Shoes - black sneakers made from a leather-nylon mix, designed in cooperation with Puma.
Facts and figures:
BWM M Bike - limited edition
M: 46 cm (height 162-178 cm),
L: 51 cm (height 175-185 cm),
XL: 55 cm (height 183-195 cm),
Frame: aluminum, front suspension, BMW design
Fork: Manitou Match, spring deflection: 80 mm
Weight: 12.9 kg