BMW has been serving in the luxury car sector for quite some time now and recently it entered the commercial two-wheeler segment with as many as six performance motorcycles. BMW brings all its bikes as CBU in India and despite their way high pricing compared to any other bike sold by Yamaha, Honda or Suzuki, the company has been able to attract an appreciable 39 customers as of now and plans to hit 50 units by the end of this year.
Interestingly for a while BMW Motorrard has been busy encouraging above 1000 CC bikes such as BMW S1000RR, BMW R1200GS and other and is planning to introduce an under-1000 CC motorcycle by January 2012. The new category which BMW wishes to exploit could be 450CC, 650CC or 800CC but we expect it to be either of the last two or both. Some of the expected products to come to India are BMW G650GS, BMW F800R and
The first possibility is of the BMW F800ST which gets a 798 CC 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, four valves per cylinder engine developing 85 HP (62.5 kW) at 8,000 rpm and 86 Nm at 5,800 rpm. The same has a maximum speed of 200 km/h. The engine is coupled with a 6 speed gearbox and is offered optional ABS.
The BMW F800R is a naked bike and probably the hottest of all. It comes with a 798 CC, 2 cylinder heart. The parallel twin is good enough to generate 86 Nm of pulling power and 87 BHP of power. It also has a maximum speed of over 200 KMPH and gets a 6 speed gearbox. This bike also comes with optional ABS.
The BMWG650GS is another potent rival and sports a liquid cooled 652 CC engine capable of producing 50 BHP of power and 60 Nm of torque. Maximum speed for this bike is 165 KMPH and comes with single front disc brake with ABS.
I am sure you must be feeling very excited after hearing this as the less powerful models might suit your budget but you need to hold on. BMW plans to import them as CBU whereas the Indian Government allows 800 CC plus bikes only, which means that the company will have to take CKD route which will again be suitable to your pockets. If the company does not follow the CKD route then it will again have to pay all the duties for its new bike like it has been doing for the S100RR and likewise the new addition will also be quite expensive.
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