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Old 03-10-2008, 10:49 PM   #1
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Talking 2009 BMW K1000R Anyone?

It's been long-rumored that BMW is considering a campaign in the Superbike racing world with a machine inspired by the bikes from Japan. In fact, test mules have been seen lapping racing circuits with Yamaha R6 bodywork, meaning that the chassis and engine are quite compact for this class. BMW has made liter-bikes before, but none have used the industry-standard chassis layout placing the four-cylinder engine transversely between the frame rails with chain-drive and upside-down forks. It will be interesting to see what engineering details BMW chooses to utilizes, because they never do anything exactly like everybody else. The bike should make 190 horsepower or more to do battle in Superbike racing if they want to be competitive. The above image was commissioned by Motociclismo and may be fairly accurate since we already know so much about what will be underneath the skin.

Like the Aprilia RSV-4, the BMW will give riders, racers and spectators a few interesting story-lines when World Superbike starts back up for the 2009 season.

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BMW is all kinds of hurt that no one thinks they build hi-performance machines. Should they attempt a full run at this, I believe they can be very competitive (they will have to find a rider, not some chump).
I guess we shall see, right?
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:53 AM   #3
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they are in the AMA this yr, too bad both riders crashed on the first lap in the daytona 200....lol

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they are in the AMA this yr, too bad both riders crashed on the first lap in the daytona 200....lol

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what bike were they racing?
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:40 AM   #5
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Don't overlook the fact that BMW is very involved in Formula 1. They've the data and research required to build a formidable machine. The true question is do they have the resources and desire to go head to head with the Japanase OEM's?
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:58 AM   #6
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yea i think one dude did okay and that bmw was considering running the whole series.
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I just checked out the link, and that thing kinda looks good. There will be quite a few options to consider in 2010 when its time to make an addition to the stable.
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Don't overlook the fact that BMW is very involved in Formula 1. They've the data and research required to build a formidable machine. The true question is do they have the resources and desire to go head to head with the Japanase OEM's?
That's what I'm sayin. They have the ability, technology, and most definitely resources to run with the Japs and whomever else.
The only thing BMW needs to worry/accent, is a formidable rider. All else will be taken care of, assuming they REALLY wish to succeed.
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Brian Perriot is no chump- I'd bet he'd be in the running for a pilot in the series. He looked really good in the FX race (despite an early issue).

I do question whether BMW can build a reliable engine that is able to compete with the Japanese bikes, let alone the Ducati in the WSBK.
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they are in the AMA this yr, too bad both riders crashed on the first lap in the daytona 200....lol


Huh?????? They finished 5th & 6th in FX.... Welll really 6th and 7th, but with the stripping of Hayes's title they got bumped up...
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If it's like all the other euro manufactures, you'll be able to buy 2 or 3 Japanese bike for the same price. Who knows, could be different this time.
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If it's like all the other euro manufactures, you'll be able to buy 2 or 3 Japanese bike for the same price. Who knows, could be different this time.
+1. But I doubt people buy Euro bikes with "best bang for the buck" as their main priority.
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Brian Perriot is no chump- I'd bet he'd be in the running for a pilot in the series. He looked really good in the FX race (despite an early issue).

I do question whether BMW can build a reliable engine that is able to compete with the Japanese bikes, let alone the Ducati in the WSBK.
BMW's motorcycle division has reliability ironed out rather well.

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+1. But I doubt people buy Euro bikes with "best bang for the buck" as their main priority.
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A lot of serious Adventure Riders swear by their BMW's.
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Yup, sure do. They, most all of them, have the 80k+ miles logged on them to back it up.
I got a bud traded in back to back 100k mile bimmers. He'll never buy anything else. He also says they don't get broken in fully until about 30k.
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one of my fellow inst. has ridden the same BMW bike for 30 yrs. he gets a new GS (adventure tourer) and it's already had problems.........poor guy.
Well its really a luck issue. BMW does use a lot of radical designs that are different from the norm. Not Mustang GT brake unit different, but BMW e30 brake reservoir different.

I would say that BMW are pretty reliable. I bought a 1985 325e for $500 about 3 years ago. Today the odometer shows 260k+ miles on it. Absolutely 0 repairs and it gets 32MPG.
Compared to 5 Japanese cars that I had. Currently have a 240SX thats in my garage EVERY FNG WEEKEND although the engine is about 30k miles.

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