Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Four-cylinder BMW superbike caught testing…

Yamaha R6? No, it's a BMW...!
Pic: Motoblog

No, despite the R6 bodywork, the bike you see here isn’t a Yamaha. It is, in fact, BMW’s 2009 superbike in disguise. According to a report on Motoblog, the pic was clicked by somebody from Motociclismo, who happened to see the bike during a test session.

As we’ve reported earlier, BMW are working on a 1000cc, four-cylinder superbike with which they hope to go racing in WSBK in 2009. Going by the picture, this bike is likely to be nice and compact (the R6 bodywork seems to fit nicely, indicating compact dimensions…) and will have feature conventional chassis and suspension components. Chassis will be twin-spar aluminium beam, and suspension will be USD forks at the front and adjustable monoshock at the back. Final drive will be by chain, rather than shaft or belt.

The best part, of course, is that BMW are aiming for a 1:1 power:weight ratio with this bike – 190 horsepower in a 190kg bike. The person who saw the bike being tested says the bike seemed to be agile and very well balanced in the corners, powering out of bends hard and fast, putting down the power cleanly. BMW are expected to use cutting-edge traction-control technology on this bike, which might have had something to do with the fast lap times which the bike seemed to be doing…

Anyway, it’s still a long wait – don’t expect to see official pictures of this bike before another 12 months at least!

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