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The BMW Lo Rider
sporty, purist roadster study with an individually variable design.
Milan, Italy, EICMA Nov 4th - Purist, powerful, unfaired and reduced to the absolute essentials – these few words provide an incomplete description of the BMW Lo Rider, the new concept study by BMW Motorrad which was introduced at Milan EICMA this month. At f rst sight, the focus would seem to be on the creation of a roadster with a muscular appearance, openly displayed technology and powerful flat twin engine for pure emotion and maximum motorcycling fun. But behind all this is in fact a completely new custom concept.
The bike’s low weight, the powerful and high-torque fl at twin engine and high-quality chassis technology give it a high level of sporty riding dynamics, while the lowered chassis and the relaxed yet active seating position with the broad handlebars are more of a loan from cruisers and naked bikes. The concept is such that, for the fi rst time, the customer can be involved in the design of the BMW Lo Rider to an extent which goes beyond what has previously been possible to date.
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Numerous options including different exhaust systems, seats, headlamp units and paint fi nish variations allow for a level of customisation which is far greater than the familiar individualisation by means of special equipment features and accessories. This means that the entire character of the vehicle can be adapted to the customer’s individual taste: the customer can take full pleasure in assembling a machine just as he wants it – from a cool cruiser to an aggressive muscle bike.
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We think BMW has the right idea with this customized hot rod racer, but calling it a Low Rider implies it's a cruisers for Hispanics and Harley riders. We think they'd be much better off calling it what it really is - a Naked Sportbike or TT Machine. Let's hope they do bring it out into production!
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