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datchew 11-14-2012 08:44 AM

bmw plans retro bike
 
Apologies if I'm playing an old record again.

LINKY

ivantheterrible 11-14-2012 08:54 AM

If that's the picture of it, then I'm a little disappointed. I would hope for something more along the lines of the '70's R bikes.

lanceputnam 11-14-2012 08:59 AM

I have been thinking recently that if they were to release an updated GSPD, new motor and modern tele based suspension, they would be sold non stop. Keep the old paint scheme and the rugged look with all the add ons that the PD had like the guards, damn.... sales would be off the chains.

Fast Idle 11-14-2012 09:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ivantheterrible (Post 20041509)
If that's the picture of it, then I'm a little disappointed. I would hope for something more along the lines of the '70's R bikes.

+1:clap

cafebmw 11-14-2012 09:37 AM

If that's it, the bike has about as much character as an aluminum bat. Looks like an R-bike with a cafe seat. I expect a little more of them.

kbasa 11-14-2012 04:47 PM

Read the part where they say they're going to introduce it next year. I can guarantee that's not the bike.

mark1305 11-14-2012 05:16 PM

Time will tell.

The disconnect between BMW design, marketing, engineering, and accounting may still prevail. (Just look at the nonsensical designation changes from F650 singles to G650 singles to the f 800/650 twins).

Even if kbasa doesn't know more than he's telling, I'm following what he says - there's room for much change.

Given the environmental constraints of today vs what old fashioned engines can deliver, it will be interesting to see what BMW cobbles together.

It would be nicer if they produced some of the NLA parts from the real retro bikes. Can I get an Amen?

bikerfish 11-14-2012 05:18 PM

bmw is a joke. they have SO many cool bikes from the 30s and 40s to pull ideas from, they could come up with some wonderful retro stuff, but they instead cut the fenders off an oilhead and call it retro. What a joke.

blaine.hale 11-14-2012 05:23 PM

One thing is for sure, there is no way it will be an airhead. That counts me out of the "interested" group.

Wirespokes 11-14-2012 08:23 PM

Of course they'd build it on an existing platform - that's understood. But the styling, at least from the drawing, is more sporty and retro than any of the current offerings. The detail is lacking, so don't really know what to expect with the tank and the area in front of it. Will it have a radiator? (ugly) That's one of the things that turned me off about most of the newer Rs - the way the oil coolers were faired in making the tank look too fat in front.

But they show wire wheels, large round headlight and a cafe look. For the guys who won't or can't build a bike, but will buy a new one, this will possibly sell.

elite-less 11-14-2012 10:27 PM

Cycle world had a write-up/teaser about this a few months back. http://www.cycleworld.com/2012/07/06...rider-concept/

Anxious to see what evolves.

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blaine.hale 11-15-2012 08:06 AM

Oh neat...a Ducati Monster with an oilhead in it.

ragtoplvr 11-15-2012 08:19 AM

They need to do something that strongly resembles an R7.

Of course Chevrolet should bring out a modern 55 Chevy.

Rod

norton73 11-15-2012 09:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lanceputnam (Post 20041549)
I have been thinking recently that if they were to release an updated GSPD, new motor and modern tele based suspension, they would be sold non stop. Keep the old paint scheme and the rugged look with all the add ons that the PD had like the guards, damn.... sales would be off the chains.

For $5K you can have the kit to convert a R1200GS;

http://www.cycleworld.com/wp-content...20-G_S-Kit.jpg

R1200GS retro kit

bikerfish 11-15-2012 04:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by norton73 (Post 20049823)
For $5K you can have the kit to convert a R1200GS;

http://www.cycleworld.com/wp-content...20-G_S-Kit.jpg

R1200GS retro kit


I actually like that, but no way would I spend 5k for the kit, plus whatever the r12gs costs! besides, got the real deal sitting in the garage!


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