You know the defining futuristic motorbike from the movie Tron? Well, the BMW HP4 RACE Advanced Prototype Motorcycle is clearly not that, but it is certainly futuristic in a very ‘earthly manner’, or should we say, very sporty – thanks to the use of full carbon fiber main frame and carbon fiber wheels to boot. This beautiful two-wheeler will be hand crafted in limited numbers and slated to the hit the market sometime in second half of 2017.
However, delightful the bike is and how elated we are, little is known about this black beauty. That said, this is more of a teaser than anything else and according to the horse’s mouth, more will be revealed about this model next spring. In the meantime, we invite you to drool over some awesome images offered by BMW Motorrad at the end of the post.
In a related news, BMW has also updated the F 800R and F 800 GT to achieved what the company described as “sporty riding pleasure and dynamic touring in enhanced form.” And then there’s the new BMW G 310 GS and BMW R 1200 GS, along with a new BMW K 1600 GTL ‘luxury’ touring bike. Oh, our favorite, the R nineT also gets an update with an Urban G/S model.
Highlights of the F 800R and F 800 GT include a ride-by-wire system, new standard riding modes “Rain” and “Road.” “Dynamic” riding mode as an ex-works option, new instrument panel dials with MIL indicator lamp and riding mode display, newly designed end piece of the standard exhaust tailpipe, and new color schemes. Both rides are powered by a 798cc water-cooled 2-cylinder in-line motor kicking out 90 horses with the R model receiving a chain as a second drive while the GT model gets a maintenance-free toothed belt that is “geared towards lengthier motorcycle trips.” As for availability and price, they are yet to be disclosed.
The BMW G 310 GS, on the other hand, is an under-500cc adventure bike driven by a 313cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor inherited from the G 310 R, bolstered by four valves paired with two overhead camshafts along with electronic fuel injection to yield 34 hp and a peak torque of 28 Nm. Features include a bridge-type tubular space frame, upside-down fork, long swing arm, high-performance brake system with ABS as standard, and a multifunction instrument cluster hosting a large LCD.
Meanwhile, the new BMW R 1200 GS is, obviously, the more advanced road bike pushed forth by a boxer motor which in this case, is a 125 hp air/liquid-cooled motor with 125 Nm on the tap. Notables include EU4 emission compliance (as with most new BMW Motorrad rides), optional Riding Modes Pro with Dynamic Traction Control and a new Hill Start control, Electronic suspension featuring fully automatic self-levelling suspension function, and better ride ergonomics attributed by numerous seat heights and seat variants.
For those who demand the best, there will be Rallye which emphasizes on off-roading experience with, most notably, “professional sports suspension” and optional knobby tires – among the many others. Again, we are not sure when this ride will be out or how much it will cost when it hits the showrooms.
Motorcycle enthusiasts who seek for luxurious ride comfort will want to check out the BMW K 1600 GTL that offers “optimized luxurious performance.” And performance it sure has, which is provided by a 160 hp 6-cylinder engine with 175 Nm – EU4 compliant, naturally. Key features include enhanced visual appearance, optimized wind and weather protection – thanks to the large slipstream deflectors and an updated side trim sections, relocated handlebars and lower footrests for relaxed and upright seating posture, electronic suspension Dynamic ESA with automatic damping adaption, a host of standard equipment – ABS Pro, DRC, xenon headlamp – you name it, and an abundance of ex work options, including reverse assist because you are going to need it – I mean, just look at that size! Seriously, you’d be doing yourself a favor with this option.
Last but not the least, is the new BMW R nineT and R nineT Urban G/S. Powered by a 1,170cc flat-twin boxer motor outing out 110 horses, the new BMW R nineT and R nineT Urban G/S features modular frame concepts with the aim of customization, new wired-spoke wheels (R nineT), light alloy cast wheels (R nineT Urban G/S), large 320 mm twin disc brake (front), ABS, ASC (ex works option), 2-in-1 exhaust system, clear anodized forge aluminum fork bridges, and of course, the 80-ish look that makes the nineT so endearing.
And here we continue with the BMW HP4 RACE Advanced Prototype mini ‘gallery’:
All images provided by BMW Motorrad.