Spy shots: small-capacity naked BMW spied testing

Sources say mini GS Adventure is next

Posted: 28 January 2015
by Visordown News

THIS is the small-capacity naked bike which BMW has been developing to launch its assault on the sub-500cc market.

The spy shots show a water-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder machine being tested in Germany last week.

It's thought to be around 300cc and will be the first model from the German firm in its joint venture with Indian manufacturer TVS.

The test mule has a single headlight unit, upside-down forks, alloy wheels shod with premium Michelin tyres, a single-disc front brake and a side-slung exhaust.

According to the photographer who took the spy shots, it also has a back-to-front cylinder with the exhaust exiting from the rear, a design used by Yamaha on its YZ450F.

The new model go will up against KTM’s Duke 390 and Kawasaki’s Z300 in the growing small bike market.

As revealed recently by Visordown, it's codenamed ‘K03’ in shipping documents.

BMW said in 2013 it would develop a range of sub-500cc bikes. TVS said last May that the first model would be launched this year.

Sources suggest the K03 platform will form the basis of small-capacity GS Adventure and possibly a faired sports bike.

BMW test riders were also been seen putting a Duke 390 through its paces, presumably for comparison purposes.

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If this bike is anywhere near the Duke 390 in performance and price, BMW & TVS will have a winner as long as they take care of the quality.

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:21

It's a 300 single, so no, it won't keep up with a Duke 390.

The bike has the dimensions of a 125, likely Asian market only, made locally, pretty much the same as all the other 250s, which are all pretty much the same.

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 19:53

The KTM 390 is actually a 373cc single but produces the same power (44hp) as a Yamaha 660 single. BMWs old 450 single churned out 52hp so they know what they're doing & could be in a similar ball park.

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 22:01

It could be a giant rider?

A key consideration for me would be that I could actually pop down to my local Motorrad and test ride one. As opposed to doing the 140 mile round trip to the nearest KTM dealer to be told that they've decided not to road register their sole 'demo' bike after all.

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 23:34

why not get the 300F? very budget friendly and accomodates 6 foot+ers easily

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 04:28

One thing for sure, TVS has a history of producing better quality bikes than Bajaj and have a 25+ years of national racing history in India. Something that Bajaj lacks in its stripes. So hopefully they will not disappoint with this one.

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 04:34

>why not get the 300F

The Honda CB300F? Because Honda has no plans to sell them in the UK as far as I'm aware. The local dealer has a CBR300R in stock that I had a look at, but again, it's not available for test riding.

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 08:04

Small capacity bike is small. Are they planning on competing against the Grom?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 08:44

Looks weird, feels weird... but should wait and see what it really is.

What confuses me is BMW which is a symbol of quality -supposedly- but produced in India which is not.

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 08:57

It is a question of scales and economy. Producing such small capacity bikes will require setting up of new production lines and supply chains, which would prohibitively expensive whereas these are already present in India. As for scales, between Bajaj & Hero about 5,00,000 bikes are made every month! That is 3 times the entire production of BMW for the entire year. No way any European bike maker is going to be able bring such scales into production any time soon.

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 09:21

That looks like a pit bike!

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 12:43

why not get the 300F?

..because it is the weakest option in the 300 class. Better off with the CB500F.

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 21:07

I imagine it will probably be as powerful or more so than anything of the same capacity from other manufacturers given BMW's aggressive approach to being the best etc. If BMW do go for 300cc then the KTM's will spank it though with their extra cc's and equally aggressive approach to making "extreme" bikes. You would hope though that the BMW/TVS will have better build quality than the KTM/Bajaj. I also reckon the BMW will probably be on the limit of the A2 power to weight rules simply because it appears to be a monkey bike or they've employed goliath as a test rider.

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 09:52

"Mini GS" - that's what we need. Sick of these ludicrous 1/4 tonne chelsea tractors on two wheels.
If it was 40HP, 150KG and built to any decent standard (and without bloody CANBus) they'll have a winner.

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 10:00

The funny thing is... those photos are fake. The bike with the rider were cropped and pasted. Look under the riders right arm an there's completely no sharpnes on the bike which is in the middle of the picture....

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 10:01

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