BMW announced eight models returning for 2013, all receiving new colors and ABS as standard. Beyond that, the most notable news is what models have not been announced. The returning 2013 BMW models include the F800R, the G650GS, the R1200R, the S1000RR, the K1300S, the K1300R, the K1600GT and K1600GTL. These eight models join the […]
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9. Fake Headlights in WSBK
Motorcycle racing series change their rules all the time. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. And sometimes, they just leave you scratching your head.
This year, the World Superbike Racing championship announced new rules designed to make a stronger link between its racebikes and the production models they’re based on. This includes mandating 17-inch wheels, but also the use of fake headlight stickers.
This isn’t a new idea. NASCAR introduced the same fake headlight regulation years ago, also to make its racecars resemble stock vehicles.
On the one hand, we do understand why manufacturers would want their racebikes to look like the regular models. After all, they are in the business to sell motorcycles, not to race them. And headlight shapes are one of the first things people notice.
But it does look silly. We haven’t seen the 2013 WSBK version of the BMW S1000RR but we can imagine how its asymmetric headlight stickers would look. For WSBK teams the new rule also takes away space that would otherwise have been used for sponsors.