BMW and the row sixth cylinder – a glorious story is that for the Bavaria, that created an entire palette of this just as dynamic as cultivated engines. In variants multifarious of two to 3.5 liter Hubraum with achievements of round 120 until more than 300 HP. Yet always only for cars and with corresponding sizes.
Therefore a learned mechanic, whom the MOTORCYCLE-editorship does not know and not also would like to know to its protection, supported when he got some motor parts in the summer of the past year into the fingers, that belonged and unambiguously to a Sechszylinder-Reihenmotor to BMW. That was constructed however so graceful and compact like yet no car motor of the manufacturer. Therefore it pondered a few and informed a motorcycle load friend who pulled again its also motorcycle load "Spezl" to rate. This finally called in MOTORCYCLE, announced the discovery played now already over several volumes and asked whether the editorship would have similar information and for which type by motorcycle probably could be such a motor.
The editorship had no such information, was do not transfer however at least around an answer to the second question. If the Bavaria do not plan the absolute exception surprise, it can be determined only for the successor of the Luxustourers K 1200 LT. The last K with the lying incorporated four cylinder as a drive, the "flying brick stone". K-models old where-up some editors some photos by gestrippten surveyed and to calculate began. Would be an along incorporated row sixth cylinder generally in a motorcycle to accommodate, stretched equal, whether lying after BMW-tradition or standing like in the triumph III? Hardly. It would be too long even for such a steamer, so much was quickly clear.
Therefore diagonally. Finally BMW with the K 1200 S constructed for the first time a Mehrzylinder-Motorradmotor with diagonally lying crank shaft and opened therewith a new method of building for itself. One and a half K-1200-S-Zylinderblöcke, so the unanimous opinion, possibly through a discreet extension of the Hubs on 1850 CM3 brought, would have to accommodate let itself so in a luxury tour prominently enough and with well-balanced proportions. Historic six cylinder-motorcycles of the Benelli the Kawasaki Z 1300 just as as the Suzuki-study presented in the last year would be prove over the famous Honda CBX up to Stratosphere it.
The restriction of the angles freedom through the Breitling can be borne in a tour probably at that soon. Especially since the experiments, that BMW with the air suspension struts of the HP2-Modelle and the G 650 Xchallenge engages, let close, on that, that the future LT is equipped with a pneumatic level regulation, so that it offers always the utmost angles freedom. At further technical refinements, that go out over the lately presented OFF and Antriebsschlupfregelung, an automatic transmission or an electromagnetic control with double coupling and additional roles as well as between gas automatic control mechanism takes precedence. To not to forget an Airbag how it is to be had in the Honda gold Wing.
Yet before motorcycle-designer Stefan power got the starting shot for its drawing, it that information black markets to comb another few counted. Was sought a tiny confirmation the only weak self-copying project. And actually: After the Jahreswech- sel, the extremely speculative speculation substantiated itself. BMW-dealers be subject must decrease so-called removal obligations, it to the manufacturer of model certain a determined quantum. In the year 2007, to was learned, applies this only to two types not: the R 1200 ST and, correctly assumes, the K 1200 LT. More yet, there was dealer, who had to wait 2006 such a motorcycle of sold and its customer long on that, because the building of its machine in the second half of the year was to be pushed in hardly between the other K-models. BMW sells the LT in the USA to be sure yet somewhat lively, constructs however the unit for the countries obviously in a landslide and lets it then extensively therewith bewenden. Werbemaßnahmen, special models, discounts – all the usual verkaufsfördernden measures do not take place for the LT. The technical changes are restricted to a modified board computer, that one had for other models anyway ready. All in all one quiet clearance sale strategy designed on long time period.
Learned industries-insiders are themselves certain that BMW selects currently the supplier businesses for the series production of the six cylinder motorcycle; they close on a period of about two years from today to the launch. Would therefore the presentation in the autumn 2008 be. Yet what BMW says even in addition? To such appointments yet nothing at all that to expect was. Press officer Jürgen material rain appeared to be sure not totally zugeknöpft; he would like to disconcert potential buyers of the Honda gold Wing probably a few. O-tone material rain: "A Sechszylinder-Reihenmotor would become already once very well BMW fit." The connection of such a motor with a luxury tour commented on it with certain use of the subjunctive: "If one itself with such a motorcycle busy would become, would be one well advise, the Hubraum not all too tightly to dimension." In order to continue then old LT in things again in the indicative: "What also always with the old LT happens, concerns the season 2008." that again does not fit best into the picture.