BMW Motorrad President Stephan Schaller took the stage at the 70th International Motorcycle Exhibition (EICMA) in Milan, Italy today and announced that BMW will be producing a new model with an “air-cooled” boxer engine in 2013 as a special way of marking the “90 years of BMW Motorrad” anniversary. The drawing supplied by BMW’s PR department shows a single seat, retro-styled roadster with the boxer heads from the current air- and oil-cooled DOHC boxer engine — as opposed to the air- and water-cooled boxer in the upcoming 2013 R1200GS. Visible also is the previous generation BMW Paralever shaft drive and an upside-down fork instead of a Telelever front suspension. This model may be as close as BMW gets to producing the BMW Custom Concept (previously called the BMW Lo Rider) they showed in 2008.
The very first BMW motorcycle, the BMW R32, was produced in 1923 and provided what was to become the genetic basis for the BMW Motorrad boxer series over nine decades: an air-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroker ‘boxer’ engine with longitudinally mounted crankshaft and shaft drive to the rear wheel.
BMW says, “The new, distinctive motorcycle to come out next year will express the genes of 90 years of BMW Motorrad combined with emotional styling and innovative technology to create a new, multifaceted vehicle concept.”
The model designation and date of the market launch will be announced later.