Hot New BMW

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  1. TriShield

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    BMW finally makes a proper sportsbike

    This has been buzzing about the internet and rumour pages for a while, but BMW finally seems to have built a powerful, lightweight sportsbike. The K1200S shown here is reckoned to make around 170bhp from an inline-four engine, and contains it within a radical sporting chassis. The Bavarian firm has kept its traditional shaft drive, but the front suspension looks to be a new double-wishbone setup, similar to a 'Hossack' setup.

    Both the engine and chassis use radical (for BMW) techniques to make it all very small and compact. We don't have much more detail at the moment, but stay tuned for more when it arrives.

    http://www.superbike.co.uk/news.htm

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    BMW boss Dr Herbert Diess has confirmed that the much-rumoured new K1200S superbike will be launched later this year and that it will be the firm’s: " first genuine four-cylinder sports bike. "

    BMW has even released tantalising official pictures of it under a translucent cover.

    Dr Diess is interviewed about the new bike in MCN, out on Wednesday, April 28. He hints it will make around 150bhp and weigh around 210kg.

    The current K1200RS and K1200GT will continue in the BMW line-up after the launch of the K1200S.

    http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/...cumentID=198410
     
  2. jinushaun

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    BMW finally makes a proper sportsbike

    Finally! :eek3: For a company that strives to provide a sporting experience, they sure like cruisers.
     
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    Looks really low and long. :dunno:
     
  4. Bob Loblaw

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    huh, and a chain drive to boot.
    it'll be overpriced and won't sell however.
     
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    Gorgeous bike. The fairing needs something in the middle to break up that big piece of fiberglass though.
     
  6. ittech

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    it's shaft drive...

    it is longer than say an R1, but shorter than the K-RS's...

    I just hope they use the new K in the next year or so on some more models... I'd like another 3cyl version for K-RT/RS/S as well...

    bmw is doing a lot of firsts on this bike afiak... will be interesting to see how it goes. :cool:
     
  7. Bob Loblaw

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    You sure? that looks an awful lot like a chain guard and sprocket.
     
  8. ittech

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    Price Not defined yet
    New K - Name: K 1200 S
    - The first real four-cylinder sports bike by BMW Motorrad
    - Does not replace an existing model
    - Sufficient power, very much more than up to now from 1170 cc
    - Power-to-weight ratio 50 percent better than R 1100 S via unique technology
    - Completely new front wheel suspension: it decouples the steering from the wheel forces and transfers them to the frame structure optimally. The result: hitherto unkown steering precision also when braking
    - New engine, with extreme forward tilt underneath the main frame
    - Crankshaft now mounted horizontally to direction of ride
    - Very narrow shaft drive design
    - Specifically designed transmission
    - Chassis electronically adjustable
    - Further improved BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part integral)
    Chassis/suspension
    - Perfect front suspension response
    - Low centre of gravity (front wheel can virtually not rise involuntarily)
    - Long wheelbase - Narrowest bike in its class Claim
    - Provide K 1200 S riders with a new standard in agility and driving fun
    - Objective: ride relaxed but still in a very sports-oriented manner
    - A machine which remains easy to control in every situation
    Existing four-cylinder models
    - Horizontally installed four-cyclinder with longitudinally mounted crankshaft is the right concept for touring sports bikes K 1200 RS, K 1200,GS or for a tourer such as the K 1200 LT.
    - All bikes will still be built, the LT has just been revised


    http://www.face-the-power.com/com/en/specials/k1200s/intro.html
     
  9. Bob Loblaw

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    eeenteresting. I'd like to have ABS for the street.
     
  10. ittech

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    the next bike after my bmw will have abs as well, and will probably be... another bmw.
     
  11. Steve Kerr

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    170hp....... fawk.
     
  12. Bob Loblaw

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    IB all the squids come in to say how shitty ABS is :rolleyes:
     
  13. worth

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    I'd ride it. :bigthumb:

    It looks really nice, I'd like one as a sport touring bike. :cool:
     
  14. ittech

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    nice chop, I like it...
     
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    expandable GS style cases will be available... small for city, expand for long trips...

    I hope the mileage range is better than the current K of about 160 miles or so before fillup.

    personally i'd like a K-RT again but it looks like the RT is R-bike only for atleast a while. (boxer)
     
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    that is a great chop.
     
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    So how does ABS on a bike work? Can you still highside?
     
  18. Bob Loblaw

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    if you tried really hard, definitely.

    CHP has a great demo of one of their old police bikes braking hard on a wet parking lot with some outriggers on it, it's ugly.
    then the new BMW cruiser with ABS does the same and stops just fine.
    but how do they work? just like a car? :dunno:
     
  19. ittech

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    Well it's not quite like a car, because in a car you have 4 wheels... So with a car and ABS you can jam the brakes and steer...

    Jamming the brakes to ABS engagement then swerving on a bike is still a pretty damn bad idea, just like on a bike with no abs.

    It does prevent lockups, and modulates teh brakes faster than you could do it yourself in low traction conditions. It increases stopping distance slightly compared to non-abs and perfect threshold braking application... But that's not that likely in a panic situation, which is where abs comes in and helps.

    better to have it than not to have it, imho.
     
  20. Nefarious1

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    I'm anxious to see a price on it.
     
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    1200 is to big for it to be considered a "proper sport bike"
     
  23. DiScoTeknix

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    BMW should release a 600 version without abs, graffiti on the fairings and a wheely bar just in case those high chair wheelies go 12... j/k

    The bike looks awsome, but seriously, a 750 or something would be nice for those of us who can't handle a liter+ yet.:big grin:
     
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    Can you imagine a BMW motorcycle developed by ///M Division??? :bowdown:
     
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