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Stunning BMW K1200S reflects new philosophy

2004-07-02 13:14

This philosophy is to create motorcycles with more power that are lighter in weight and have increased agility.

Specifically, the K1200S has been designed and engineered to offer the ultimate in "real world" sports performance.

The K1200S's unique characteristics will, therefore, appeal to certain riders of large-capacity hypersport, supersport and sport touring machines.

The K1200S is the most powerful motorcycle ever produced by BMW and the company's proven engine technology and expertise has been used to design a completely new 1157cc 4-cylinder, in-line engine that delivers 120 kW.

The many technical features of the K1200S will do much to enhance BMW-Motorrad's already legendary reputation for design and innovation:

  • The transverse engine has an extreme forward tilt of 55 degrees. This ensures a low centre of gravity and, together with the frame geometry, achieves the ideal front/rear weight distribution of 50:50.
  • Application of original engine design technology has resulted in an extraordinarily narrow engine. This has enabled the provision of maximum lean angles and a narrower profile for the bike.
  • The most sophisticated engine management system currently available on any motorcycle.
  • A revolutionary front suspension system that uses two parallel links, without telescopic forks, to achieve excellent precision, overall rigidity and less weight.
  • The K1200S is the first high-performance superbike to incorporate a lightweight shaft, final drive system.
  • The optional electronically adjustable suspension represents an industry first in the manufacture of motorcycles.

    The K1200S will be launched to the international press this month in Germany and the bike will make its first public appearance at the INTERMOT show in Munich from September 15-19. The price has yet to be finalised.


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