BMW Concept 6 [video]

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P90053666BMW introduced an inline six-cylinder café racer concept at the 2009 EICMA show in Milan, Italy.

Inline-six engines have a staple in BMW’s automobiles for decades and the German manufacturer’s motorcycle division took on the challenge of adapting the straight-six to a bike without making it too long or too wide. The result is the BMW Motorrad Concept 6, and an evolution BMW says “will further expand the K-Series in the foreseeable future”.

The Concept 6’s engine is about four inches slimmer than BMW’s production inline-six engines, making it just a bit wider than a large-capacity four. To keep the width down, the engine has a relatively long stroke with very small gaps between cylinders. Electrical ancillaries and their drive components are positioned behind the crankshaft and above the transmission to further minimize engine width.

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  • John N.

    Finally we’re gonna be livin’ like the Jetsons!!

    I understand most of what I see there, but the blue flappy things on the fairing escape me? Anyway, with those hot looks I don’t even care if it’s the fastest machine out there! I’m guessing it’s not- quite. But 6 cyl. power a’plenty, awesome smoothness, and traditional durability in a beautiful, fully modern machine would make it a wonderful motercycle to bring to the drooling public. No doubt it will come with a price guaranteed to dry your mouth out quickly. The gasping will pass, and those who can won’t care, and will gladly whip out the ol’ checkbook. The rest of us will just be left drooling on the sidelines. I happily stand in awe…

  • BARRY JOHN WHITE

    I HOPE YOU DON’T NEED 3 CLUTCHES & 6 BATTERIES BEFORE 60,000 KL.
    – LIKE MY K1200 LT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!