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BMW to release a "mainstream" sportbike???

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2006, 5:38 am
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lot of key words in there that just dont sound like the guy really knows what he is talking about??.....imoho...fixation?....marketing benefit?....let go?....similarties?....CONVENTIONAL...ON AND ON

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Seems to me he means;
Unconventional = extremely advanced engineering = expensive = intimidating/scary
Conventional = average standard engineering = inexpensive = familiar/safe


I'm not sure what the point of this article is except to blather aimlessly on about how BMW is getting into this area of motorcycling and just may have success...but that success might be hindered by thier unconventional suspension that is too expensive and radical (!?) for the average consumer to afford and/or accept.

Whatever.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2006, 1:16 pm
 
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I saw that too.

First of all, I think BMW tries to use the best available technology for any application. While Telelever and Duolever forks may be heavy and isolate from road feel, they provide great handling and braking on the road and great comfort for mile after mile touring. For some extreme applications, conventional forks are better and hence their use on te HP2. I suspect that if BMW enters MotoGP, the bike will have components that make the most sense for that application. That will make the BMW MotoGP bikes look a lot like the other MotoGP bikes. (There are probably also a lot of racing regulations that will enforce some compliance.)

Second... I guess I only had one point.
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The stuff at Motorcycledaily.com is just drivel. Most of it is pure speculation with a little uninformed opinion thrown in. I don't place any value on it, but occasionally, they get to ride new bikes before they're released and post up good pics.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 2006, 3:37 pm
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Read it and...

I agree with almost everything the author wrote....except:

Yes, BMW would have to launch a new bike (essentially a "race replica") to tie in the racing and the product. But the problem is that at that point BMW is just selling a German "Rice Rocket" and probably for a lot higher price.

It isn't going to run away from the Japanese bikes on the track, or on the street, and so the bang for the buck isn't going to be there. Add to that the lack of safety components (to get the weight down) and shorten the bike for quickness and I wonder who BMW thinks is going to buy them.

If the performance difference is nominal, then price will rule the day.

It could be that BMW anticipates a high demand in the EU market and maybe with their strong presence there they could hold the prices down to compete favorably with the JPN bikes. Doesn't seem probable though.

Here in the U.S., I considered the K-S and ultimately bought the K-R because it's plenty fast and has safety features that NO OTHER MANUFACTURER has come close to.

Is it worth a 30-50% premium on price over a 'Busa'? Let me answer this way, "I'd buy the K-R again, or even a K-S, over any other hyper-sport bike on the market today." Not because it's the fastest bike out there, but because it's plenty fast enough AND I am willing to pay for the extra margin of safety built into my m/c's.

BMW offers a premium m/c at a premium price. I don't see them offering a stripped down race replica at a stripped down (competitive) price any time soon.

Although, truth be told, I was wrong once before

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Well I hope BillyOmaha is wrong and that they do make one and also where do I make a deposit for one at
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