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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old May 29th, 2008, 2:07 pm Thread Starter
 
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you guys know ...

... that the K-RS is not really a BMW ? at least not the chassis.
i was reading up on the K history yesterday, and it turned out that BMW decided to trash their own prototype during development because there was a problem with missing feedback from the front (New K-GT riders, sounds familiar, doesn't it....). they decided to go for an alternative design, that was developed in parallel at the same time by a company famous (at least in the early 90's) for their advanced chassis. I'll buy you a latte (grande) if you live in my area and guess who developed that second prototype that later would become the K-RS .....

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old May 29th, 2008, 6:49 pm
 
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Let me guess?

Umm....

Porsche perhaps? Don't they derive 30% of their income from designing for other companies?

The designers of the Yamaha 5 valve cylinder head, Harley Davidsons V-Rod motor etc.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old May 29th, 2008, 8:27 pm
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Chassis design for which?

K100/RS-K1100RS or the K1200RS ?



Alright...latte it is.

Bimota designed the chassis for the K1200RS. Yes, Fremont is in the "area".



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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old May 30th, 2008, 3:59 pm Thread Starter
 
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your choice of location and time (on any saturday in june ...)


i was really stunned when i learned about that. BMW with all its glory and engineers was not able to stand up a proper chassis for the K1200RS. Bimota engineers probably did the job between lunch and after lunch espresso. kind of embarrassing one would think.

even worse given the fact that the Yam GTS1000 just was out and BMW had NOTHING to put up against the YAMs RADD design. Bimota did (with the Tesi at least), but apparently that was to advanced for mass production.

also quite interesting that the chassis was first not made out of aluminium, but welded together from sheet metal ....

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