Two students at the International School of Design, Nicolas Bubar (24) and Yves Dufeutrelle (22), thought a BMW Boxer based sportbike would be a good idea and they set to work designing one.
They designed a tube frame around a BMW 1200 boxer engine, with a new head and exhaust that brings output to 150 horsepower. In a 341 pound bike, performance should be quite acceptable. Though the fairing shrouds the opposed cylinders, air is directed in the front of the fairing in such a way that cooling air flows over the cylinders and both out the back and sides.
Front suspension is telelever and paralever rear with shaft drive. According to their description, the bike is designed to be personally fitted to each customer. You go to the dealer for a fitting, after which they produce an upper triple clamp and pedal mounts just for you. Other settings are adjustable.
Mirrors, headlights and license plate are easy to remove with the specially made key so track day setup is just minutes away from the street configuration.
Though everything you see here is a computer image, they have started on the road to building the bike through a partnership with a couple of BMW dealers and a design firm.
I love seeing work like this and I'll be looking forward to seeing the finished bike. Great work guys!
Thanks for the tip, Doug!
Link: IMME 1200
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