The first products of BMW‘s collaboration with India’s TVS Motors are well into development, with spy photographers capturing images of a new small-displacement motorcycle undergoing testing.

BMW previously announced it was working with TVS to develop sub-500cc motorcycles in 2013. Stephan Schaller, head of BMW’s motorcycle operations, has confirmed a target date of 2015 for the small-displacement models, and the test mule suggests the company is hard at work to reach that goal, with the official introduction likely coming at EICMA in November.

At the time of the original announcement, the two companies said they each produce their own models from a common platform. The prototype in the photographs shares some styling elements with the S1000R roadster, with similar looking fairings guarding a radiator. There’s also a clearly visible circular mounting point just in front of the rider’s kneecap that’s perfectly sized and shaped for BMW’s roundel logo.


The shape of the plastics resembles the S1000R and the small circle in front of the rider’s knee is just waiting for the BMW roundel.

The photos don’t provide a good look at the powerplant, but we expect it will be a liquid-cooled single. We suspect the engine displacement will be in the 300cc range to compete against the likes of the Honda CBR300R and CB300F and Kawasaki Ninja 300, but the vague “sub-500cc” description leaves open the possibility of a larger engine to match up against the 390 Duke and RC390 from KTM and the Yamaha R3.


Strip away the testing equipment and you can make out some of the test bike’s features including a single headlight, upside-down fork, five-spoke alloy wheels and a single front brake disc. Expect the production version to add a chin fairing.

The naked roadster prototype may not be the only version in the works, with sportbike and dual-sport variants to follow. Schaller previously indicated that multiple vehicles may come from the partnership with TVS.

“Various types of motorcycle are conceivable,” Schaller said in 2013. “They will meet the expectations of a BMW motorcycle in terms of riding fun as well as setting a new benchmark when it comes to stability, agility and performance figures.”

Look forward to reading more details about BMW’s new family of small-displacement motorcycles in the months ahead leading up to the official announcement expected for the fall motorcycle show season.

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  • Ted

    Soooo, would something like this be headed for the US, or just Asia? If it is really going to be competitive against the competition as is suggested, it could do fairly well here.

  • mugwump

    Hmmm a small bike with BMW bells and whistles?

  • Chris Cope

    Small-displacement bike is small. One of my laments as a person who is 6 foot 1 is the fact that bikes with perfectly reasonable amounts of power (eg, 300cc) are unreasonably tiny. So, if I want to be comfortable, I have to buy a bike I don’t really need with higher insurance rates I don’t really want.

    • Auphliam

      Aye, this. Wee tiny motorcycle.

  • TalonMech

    So for the price of a German bike, you could have this lovely little Indian bike. But with the German name on it. I hate the global economy.

    • PI

      This is Tvs Draken 250 cc concept .. very ,mush TVS-BMW will have fusion of this

  • Ghost-Rider25

    I don’t know if this bike would fare very well if they give it the old BMW price pop! I have no interest in small displacement bikes anyway, they are a waste of my time. I would be fairly surprised if they actually brought this to the U.S. I think this more of a Europe/Asia bike.

  • frankfan42

    Nice looking bike. On the table for the us? One can hope, choice is good.

  • Bmwclay

    I’m thinking 300cc V-12 74 hp at 22,000 rpm. 12 fbs. torque. Around $40,000. I want one!


    Why not Kymco already builds the 650 and 800 engines for BMW. It’s a global economy now folks. Ducatis and Triumphs made in Thailand. KTMs and Harleys already made in India. Suck it up butter cup. Folks vote with their wallets and they voted for cheaper prices, so that’s what your getting and this is how your getting it.

  • Gary Blankenship

    Hey Chris, go pound salt! No one on this planet loves to ride motorcycles more than I do; however, I’m 5’5″! Do you have any idea how many motorcycles are being manufactured these days that have the ergonomics for me, let alone a seat height less than 27inches (which is what my 28 inch inseam can handle comfortably)? There are how many motorcycles being manufactured these days? If a manufacturer has one (and I do believe that BMW has NONE with a seat height of <29 inches) motorcycle built for those of us who are vertically challenged, then I think that we are entitled to it. You have a good time and go ride the other 99% with your 5'10" girl friend! (Or are you one of those 6'1" guys that has a 4'10" girlfriend thereby making shorter female availability for guys like me even more scarce?)