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Old 01-31-2003, 10:05 AM   #1
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but will they build a GP bike, nooooooooooooo.

Not within their motircycle customer base!

Still say there needs to be a full dresser two up racing class! That would be a real hoot to watch.
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Old 01-31-2003, 10:13 AM   #2
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I have seen interviews with several top BMW execs (both Motorcycle and Aotomobile divisions) which indicate that they are, in fact, considering it. They indicated that if they were to do so, it would not be primarily for marketing motorcycles, but was for marketing cars. BMW car owners, especially in Europe, are very much performance oriented, and like to be on the cutting edge of technology, much different from the Bike customers who are much more traditional.



The other reason cited was to motivate and reward their engineering and technical staff. I believe that Honda used to do that (maybe still do) -- rotate promising engineers through the race departments as 1) a reward, and 2) part of training.



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Old 01-31-2003, 10:19 AM   #3
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The sparks coming off the floorboards alone would be worth the admission price!
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Old 01-31-2003, 11:05 AM   #4
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How about riders backing Goldwings and K1200LTs into corners? I've actually seen it done once (honestly!) with a Yamaha Venture.
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Old 01-31-2003, 12:07 PM   #5
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BMW needs to let the M division loose on their motorcycles. I'd love to see what kind of race bike they could develop.
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Old 01-31-2003, 02:14 PM   #6
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Is it time for the R990 //M? BMW did try and give up on the R1 Superbike (not the Yamaha) a few years ago.



The F1 highly 18,000 rpm electronic motors do seem to do well in MotoGP, see the Aprilia R3.



Crudely put: listen to a F1 race and compare to the sounds of a MotoGP race, two very different types of power delivery.
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Old 01-31-2003, 02:21 PM   #7
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Meant to write:



" the 18,000 rpm highly electronic motors of F1 do *NOT* seem to do well in MotoGP, see the Aprilia RS Qube."
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Old 01-31-2003, 03:09 PM   #8
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Doesn't matter. BMW's M division has proven it can make phenomenal motors for many applications. They're design prowess is phenomenal. I say let them have a crack at the bikes.
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Old 01-31-2003, 03:18 PM   #9
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I'd reserve judgement on that until we see how Colin does this season. It has gotten down pretty close to Honda times already.



The Aprilia's issues to date have been with fine tuning the electronic power-management software, and the fact the the bike is still overweight.
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Old 01-31-2003, 03:20 PM   #10
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I think that if Aprilia are at all successful (and early test results suggest that is possible), the chance of BMW jumping in is greater.
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