bmw plans retro bike

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by datchew, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    Apologies if I'm playing an old record again.

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  2. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    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.
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  3. lanceputnam

    lanceputnam Hayden's Dad

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    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.
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  4. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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  5. cafebmw

    cafebmw Adventurer

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    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.
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  6. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Read the part where they say they're going to introduce it next year. I can guarantee that's not the bike.
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  7. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    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?
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  8. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    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.
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  9. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    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.
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  11. elite-less

    elite-less Been here awhile

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  12. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    They need to do something that strongly resembles an R7.

    Of course Chevrolet should bring out a modern 55 Chevy.

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  14. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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

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    R1200GS retro kit
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  15. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    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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  16. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    BMW plans retro bike?

    I am moist with anticipation.:lol3
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  17. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    I wish they would build one of these....but maybe with a rear suspension.


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    Zundapp KS800
    They were a 4 cylinder boxer motor.

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    I believe they came out in the mid 30's but the German Military demand for motorcycles gobbeled up most of them and turned manufacturing prioroties towards military machines. Not too many of these around anymore. I've read they are pretty much a handful to ride. But the engines are smooth as silk.


    I used to own this Zundapp 1953 KS601......but didn't have deep enough pockets to restore it. Parts are VERY difficult to obtain and are very expensive.

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  18. Durangoman

    Durangoman Yeah its me!

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    WOW!!!

    Tell us something about it...


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  19. fyr

    fyr iRoast Coffee

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  20. Tosh Togo

    Tosh Togo Long timer

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    If they really want do go "retro" and pay homage to their origins, something like this would be a good start-

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    Leave it as a hardtail, and keep the other end similar to this one, improved only with updated materials and damping that works. No point in adding rear suspension, as these things will only be used for short rides, and why add a newer-flavored suspension that has more failure points than advantages?. :1drink

    Keep it as a flattie too... they've got enough low-end grunt to make for a pleasant ride, and the way our gas is heading, the requiem low C/R might become an advantage. :D
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