Spanish magazine snaps BMW testing new single-sided front suspension superbike at private track
SPANISH magazine Solo Moto has snapped this next-generation BMW superbike with a single-sided front end out in action during a private track test.
The magazine is saying that the bike is the new K-model machine fitted with the outlandish-looking front suspension unit.
The bike is thought to be the firm's all-new 2009 K 1300 S, designed using the company's World Superbike entrant S 1000 RR.
hmm - single sided Duo-lever? Certainly doable - if a bit heavy I'd have thought.
Be very interested to see more pics...
Posted: 23/07/2008 at 15:42
Posted: 23/07/2008 at 20:17
Gawd, why, when they have professed to want to conquer the sportsbike market (well, so my dealer told me anyway) do BMW bring out something like this?
You know it's going to be heavy, you know the handling will be good but quirky and you know that pure sportsbike riders will shun it for just those reasons.
Posted: 23/07/2008 at 21:03
Posted: 23/07/2008 at 21:48
Posted: 23/07/2008 at 22:07
Big Nige wrote (see)
Gawd, why, when they have professed to want to conquer the sportsbike market (well, so my dealer told me anyway) do BMW bring out something like this?You know it's going to be heavy, you know the handling will be good but quirky and you know that pure sportsbike riders will shun it for just those reasons.sheesh!
Given that the bike itself looks tiny - the front end's weight may well be accomodated by less weight elsewhere (I'd wager the tail unit is a CF monocoque as standard for example).
Also a fair few will like the "trickness" of the front end - although I grant you that a lot will be too shy of the new technology.
Posted: 24/07/2008 at 09:25
It doesn't matter how advanced the front suspension is, with only one front disc it's never going to be a contender to a conventional superbike.....
Posted: 29/07/2008 at 09:08
Team Spidey wrote (see)
If the disc is fixed to the rim of the wheel (like Buells) , then the stopping force is pretty strong.
I don't think Buells have any braking issues...
Posted: 29/07/2008 at 12:32
It's a BMW so will be stupidly expensive.
That in itself will prevent BMW from conquering the sportsbike market. Of course that depends what 'conquering the sportsbike' market means.
Posted: 29/07/2008 at 12:43
RiceBurner wrote (see)
Why not??If the disc is fixed to the rim of the wheel (like Buells) , then the stopping force is pretty strong.I don't think Buells have any braking issues...
Dont think the Buel single disc rim mount thing is up to heavy use. I remember reading some details about a race team that was dealing with Buels and their biggest problem was the rim mounted brake.
If the system was so great then the MotoGP boys would be using them.
Posted: 29/07/2008 at 13:15
Good on BMW for being bold enough to try something different. If we don't try new radical ideas, then new technologies will not be refined and adopted. Its a shame that Norton didn't have the oppertunity to develop their rotary engine. And on a simialr subject, why not fuel injected boosted two strokes with exhaust trapping valves?
Posted: 29/07/2008 at 20:26
Posted: 29/07/2008 at 23:46
interesting point of view.
Let wait and see. if works as engineers thought or we see an more conventional aproach
Posted: 31/07/2008 at 22:14
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