Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Rotohak: The 325bhp BMW sidecar that… isn’t one!

Nice, shiny BMW, eh?

Pics: Rotohak

You’ll probably look at this bright-yellow sidecar rig and think it’s a BMW-powered trike. And you’d be completely wrong. Because what looks like a BMW engine poking out from the BMW R1150RT motorcycle fairing, is actually an empty shell!

The Rotohak’s sidecar actually packs a twin-turbo, 325bhp rotary engine from the Mazda Cosmo, mated to a VW automatic transmission. Both (the motorcycle’s as well as the sidecar’s) rear wheels are powered by this Mazda engine, and the owner claims this rig will actually wheelie if you cane it hard enough. Interesting? Read more about the Rotohak here.

Also see:
A bunch of very interesting trikes!
ARCF's titanium-framed RatBikes...
Hot Rod: EDR Performance's 131bhp Yamaha R6!
The US$140,000 Neander Turbodiesel...
The BMW R1150GS-based Beutler Boxer!
Mad buggy: The Honda Fireblade-powered Rage R180RT...

External links:
Marco Melandri says Stoner's success is due to Ducati's traction control system!
Motorcycle USA: Kawasaki Ninja 250R riding impression

Which is the best dual-purpose bike in 2008? The Yamaha XT660Z Tenere, the Honda XL700V Transalp or the all-new BMW F800GS? We'd probably take the Tenere...!

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