EICMA 2012: New “Air-Cooled” 90th Anniversary BMW Motorcycle

EICMA 2012: New “Air-Cooled” 90th Anniversary BMW Motorcycle

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.

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2 Responses to EICMA 2012: New “Air-Cooled” 90th Anniversary BMW Motorcycle

  1. H says:

    Think really should push for a new niche 1000rr for guys like myself who love performance but are not flexible enough to ride current model. Love love love idea of 170bhp in a bike not too dissimilar from GS model currently on my fifth by way but always looking for more power as mine is road & track focused. Am sure not alone in this opinion and Would love to get other feedback.
    Just attended NEC UK show and BMW had no idea of this also had no ideas if a 1000rr could be custom converted for me if all else fails and project not a runner.

  2. Michael says:

    Sounds like you read the rumors in the Winter 2012 BMW Motorcycle Magazine about possible roadster and enduro versions of the S1000RR. I agree there are certainly some who would enjoy the power of an RR without the race style and riding position. Unfortunately, those rumors didn’t come true at EICMA so we’ll all have to wait until next year to see if new versions of the RR get green lit.

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