Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Granite Bay, CA, USA
A little wager?
I would love to see BMW run in the MotoGP, but I'd be willing to bet it won't happen anytime soon.
I ride a BMW (two of them actually) for several reasons and my reasoning goes something like this:
1-The bikes have both active and passive safety features that few, if any other m/c have, or even offer in the form of an option. Frequently this adds a bit of weight and certainly cost.
2-The bikes have driveshafts which has maintenance benefits, but gives up bit of power transmission and, again, costs a bit more.
3-The bikes are larger...longer... than most other bikes. This increases comfort, increases safety by keeping that front wheel down under accelleration and when under hard braking keeping the rear end from coming up. This allows for greater braking forces and, of course, adds weight.
I ride the BMW because I ride on the street and want a m/c that fits me and provide an extra margin of safety for when I screw up.
The trade offs for a racing bike force giving up a lot of what BMW stands for, hence they run the PowerCup series. The bikes are plenty fast, but don't run with the competition whose priority is total speed and not necessarily safety for street riders.
Lastly, BMW motorcycles are exclussive. There is no way that BMW would trade the rarity that they've cultivated for decades. There is no way they'd dump a bunch of money into a race program in order to sell a stripped down RR (race replica). And of course, whatever they would field in Moto GP, it would not dominate the other entrants. Not saying it wouldn't be fast, just that it is extremely unlikely to dominate. This means that they would spend all that money to show that their bikes aren't quite as fast and cost more.
In short, there's no money in it for BMW.
"Life may have begun at 44, but it didn't get thrilling until I shot past 100"
'06 K1200R "Wolfgang" White Aluminum Metallic, FB 6/7/05
'04 K1200LT "Dieter" Titan Silver, FB 4/23/04
RCB, AMA, BMWMOA, Booze Brother "in training"