What you see isn’t a concept rendering: It’s said to be BMW’s next leap in their motorcycle lineup. The Motorrad C600 Sport/C650 GT is the Maxi-Scooter that BMW hopes will propel them to new markets where the C1 Scooter they previously attempted could not.
The new bike, which is said to drop around the first quarter of 2012, will sport a twin cylinder 650cc engine that will deliver up to 60HP (!!!) to the rear wheel by means of a CVT. The bike, which is a first for BMW, is also said to start at a “competitive price” to other Maxi-scooters in the market. Given the aging population in the US and the growing interest in large displacement bikes such as the VMAX and Suzuki Burgman, this could stand a serious chance. And, if they are true on their price point, expect this bike to drop for just shy of $10,000 US, which is a bargain for a BMW motorbike.
So, what say you? Is a BMW big bike worth hanging with the rest of the scooter population? Is it too big? Just right? Too much?
Yes, this post may be a bit late on the news, but a complete computer crash of the computer here at the Slow Kid’s Administrative offices (i.e. the corner of a townhouse where a cheap Ikea desk sits) has delayed posts a bit, so bear with us.
Piaggio, like most manufactures of the world, has brought a showing of bikes to the EICMA 2011 bike show. This is a big event in the world of motorcycles, and usually attracts the best of what companies have to offer. Over the next few days I’ll be sharing the scooter side of things, but to start off I figured I would show what Vespa is billing as the “Quarantasei”.
While stylistically it’s obviously a nod to Corradino D’Ascanio and his original prototype ’46, which was one of the first bikes to incorporate all of the design elements that later would be carried over to the bike we know today as the Vespa
While the new body sports integrated taillights, turn signals in the handle bars and an over-stylized body, the engine is reported to be a 3 valve single cylinder, fuel-injected unit that produces 9% more HP than the previous LEADER engine that it replaces. It also is sporting a rear disc brake, which is often something lacking in the sub 250cc Vespas.
While some have raved about the new Vespa’s direction, this blogger thinks it’s not *that* great. It surely follows the current Vespa’s track of over-stylized bodies that sort-of evoke original designs, but technology wise it doesn’t bring a lot new to the table. Then again, there have been HUGE debuts of new bikes by LML (which we will cover later), BMW (yes, BMW is making a scooter!) and Honda that make Piaggio’s offerings seem a bit weak.
But, what do you guys think? Is it a bold move in the right direction for Piaggio to snag market mind share from the public, or does the “retro-retroness” of the body just try too hard?