BMW has opened a new motorcycle assembly line at the company’s factory in Thailand. The facility will initially only produce F800R roadsters from complete knock-down kits for the Thai market, though BMW plans to eventually make the facility a production hub for other Asian markets. The Thai facility is BMW’s first wholly-owned motorcycle assembly plant […]
EICMA 2012: Bimota BB2 Concept Revealed with BMW S1000RR Engine
Bimota revealed a new concept sportbike at the 2012 EICMA Show equipped with a BMW S1000RR engine.
The Bimota BB2 concept is the first product of a new partnership signed with BMW that would see the German manufacturer supply S1000RR engines for Bimota. The S1000RR engine has class-leading numbers, with the 172.4 hp we measured in our 2012 European Literbike Shootout a 10.4 hp advantage over any literbike we dyno’ed for that shootout or the Japanese Literbike Shootout.
The BB2 mounts the engine in a new aluminum spar chassis and adds an Arrow exhaust, Öhlins suspension and Brembo monobloc brake calipers.
Designed by Saks Design, the Bimota BB2 concept shares design cues with the Bimota BB1 Supermono, the fruit of a previous collaboration between Bimota and BMW in 1995 and 1996.
At the moment, the BB2 is still only an “initial concept” as BMW describes it. Bimota will build an actual production model based around the S1000RR engine, but it remains to be seen how closely it will resemble this concept.
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[Source: Saks Design]