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Old 10-10-2006, 01:24 AM   #31
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the G650 are made by APRILIA...

and soon comes APRILIA V450 and V550 BMW marked... HP1!!!!
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Old 10-10-2006, 03:08 AM   #32
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About time!

Xchallenge Hard Enduro - sounds promising!

I am drooling already...
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:01 AM   #33
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From Raptors website:

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Old 10-10-2006, 04:07 AM   #34
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Oh yeah!

URL please?
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:16 AM   #35
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Raptors & Rockets.

Click on the Imtermot 2006 link at the top of that page to see what the other manufacturers are revealing. The main Intermot page says that he has more BMW pictures to put up in the next few hours.
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:29 AM   #36
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If this is all for real, and the F800 in several versions also comes to the U.S., it certainly makes Honda look like a bunch of fools, still cranking out the XR650L and calling that a line-up.
It seems to me like there is a giant gaping gap in the middle of the BMW line up. A bunch of small thumpers on the low end (I'm sure they are fun, but useless for my purposes - long tours) and a huge expensive kitchen sink 1200GS at the other end - and nothing in between.

Kinda forces a guy to look at the Buell...
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:53 AM   #37
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The gap is where the proposed F800GS parallel twin would fit in, as and when it is released.
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Old 10-10-2006, 05:08 AM   #38
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NEW BMW on the way!!!

Ok so its not exactly a BMW twin but check these out

http://www.moto-station.com/article2...challenge.html

The new G650 series, a lightwieght competant enduro with 55hp, I think fuel injected and also available in SM version. I can't wait, this might be the reason to let my KTM 620 vibrator go to a good home.
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Old 10-10-2006, 05:14 AM   #39
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The gap is where the proposed F800GS parallel twin would fit in, as and when it is released.
Well yeah. But parallel twin? Chain drive? Will it also be liquid cooled? Yuk.

Or is that all speculation at this point?
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Old 10-10-2006, 05:20 AM   #40
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BMW are currently showing their new bikes at the Intermot in Cologne Germany. There are more models on the way. Look out for pictures......
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Old 10-10-2006, 05:21 AM   #41
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Old 10-10-2006, 05:23 AM   #42
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Dr Diess (head of BMW Motorrad) has said that an 800GS is to be built, and everything heard so far says it'll be chain drive. Water-cooled and parallel twin are a given if it is made.
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Old 10-10-2006, 05:24 AM   #43
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More photos will come from the Raptors and Rockets site at around 4pm Europe time (10am EDT), as BMW has put an embargo on until then.
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Old 10-10-2006, 05:25 AM   #44
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According to the article, this joint venture with Aprilia will have the engines built by Rotax in Austria. 3 models are planned..

Now.. what is the point in keeping the F650 in production...

This is the do it all model.. the HP2 mini, I guess.. with an air shock, like the HP2, as per the article..

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Dr Diess (head of BMW Motorrad) has said that an 800GS is to be built, and everything heard so far says it'll be chain drive. Water-cooled and parallel twin are a given if it is made.
When I tested the F800s in South Africa, after the "canned" route I took an F800S out trail riding. Nothing too tough, but the bike came back dirty.

The product manager took a look at the bottom of the bike and gave me a "wtf?" kinda look, but smiled when I said "give us a GS!"

He said "you will like what you see."

For years, I've lusted over a Super Tenere-style bike, a torquey and narrow parallel twin with enough power to be credible on the highway without being too porky for moderate trail use... and manageable in the soft stuff (where the horizontal twins become a handfull).

Everything I've heard so far is that this bike will be a chain drive, too, but after further discussion with the product manager about the enclosed chain that my Bultaco Matador Six-Day had back in the seventies, the look on his face was hard to read.
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