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Old 09-28-2013, 01:39 AM   #16
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BMW also Produce smaller bikes, but to take the 800 as an example Bmw have chosen to make a small bike that produces significantly more power than the Bonneville, but uses less fuel in the process.
yes but the F800 range does not have the 'vintage' allure of the Bonneville

its possible that BMW realise they may be undercut in the neo-vintage market by their own airhead legacy, which are relatively cheap, plentiful, cool and reliable. On the last point Triumph have no such concerns about being undercut by their own legacy.
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Old 09-28-2013, 02:27 AM   #17
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yes but the F800 range does not have the 'vintage' allure of the Bonneville

its possible that BMW realise they may be undercut in the neo-vintage market by their own airhead legacy, which are relatively cheap, plentiful, cool and reliable. On the last point Triumph have no such concerns about being undercut by their own legacy.
But could Bmw produce a legacy airhead and sell it in the 6000-7000 range? Even with manufacture in china or Thailand I don't think that it's possible.
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:24 AM   #18
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isn't this the point, BMW have for some reason chosen not to go down the "vintage series" route.

They could have easily competed head on with the Bonneville range by producing their own air-cooled but fuel injected range that was not aiming at competing with Jap bikes on BHP.

To my mind a missed opportunity for them, given how many Triumph twins you see across Europe.

Maybe it would look something like this.






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Old 09-28-2013, 04:23 AM   #19
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Maybe it would look something like this.






Great looking bike, but they won't be able to do it for the money....remember the R90s when first produced in 74 cost in the Uk the equivelant of around 14k in today's money.
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