Based on the concept model unveiled last October at Intermot 2008, the new motorcycle is expected to be a sport-tourer powered by a 1200cc V-4 engine with variable cylinder technology which can allow it to run on only two cylinders to conserve fuel. There are also rumors that the motorcycle will have a semi-auto gear […]
D1200R Demonstrates Innovative Design
Concept uses DNA from Buell, BMW
What do you get when you combine a BMW R1200R and a Buell XB12? The D1200R! A former employee of Lamborghini by the name of Pablo González de Chaves Fernández has turned his attention from four wheels to two and has begun creating innovative design improvements to existing motorcycles with the help of Juan Elizalde Bertrand. This project stems from a patent that does away with the inefficient steering movements in motorcycles with traditional forks. Their system makes steering direct with a one-to-one turning ratio that offers improved stability and allegedly prevents front end dives during mid-corner braking.
While the bike may be unrecognizable to the untrained eye, the powerplant of the D1200R is unmistakably a 1200cc BMW boxer engine. The braking system from a Buell XB12 was installed and oscillating suspension arms were mounted in order to allow small adjustments of the rake angle. Steering inputs also utilize a telescopic tube transmitted through torsion scissors. Much of the aesthetics of the motorcycle were modified, including the suspension, rear cowling, Carbon fiber tank cover and flush LED lighting. The overall goal of this project was to improve the appearance and performance of an already impressive performer. Does it succeed? You be the judge.