Thursday, June 04, 2009

BMW Le Rider: Lo and behold!

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The BMW Le Rider, a one-off special from France...!
Pics: Moto Revue

Remember the BMW Lo Rider concept shown at the EICMA in Milan last year? We quite liked that edgy, funky machine and though BMW are not ready to put it into production just yet, that hasn’t stopped French outfit Panda Moto from building their own version of the bike.

Based on a BMW R1200R, this machine – called the Le Rider – is the work of one Jean-Luc Dupont, who heads Panda Moto. As you can see, the R1200R used to build the Le Rider has been extensively modified and changes have been made to the suspension, brakes, exhaust system, seat unit and the bodywork. The wheels are from an R1200GS and the wheelbase is adjustable, which allows you to fine-tune the Le Rider’s handling characteristics.

Fitted with the R1200R’s 1,170cc boxer-twin, the Le Rider, which weighs 217kg, packs 107 horsepower and can hit a top speed of 220km/h. Depending on the spec (you can opt for Öhlins suspension, Beringer brakes and other fancy bits), the bike will cost anywhere between 15,000 to 24,000 euro. Our verdict? Well, the Le Rider isn’t exactly as flat-out super-cool as the BMW Lo Rider concept, but as a one-off special it’s not too bad either…
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