Originally Posted by CalLT
I guess I'll withhold judgement on the new four until it comes out. But I don't quite buy into the argument about "different approaches" to engine building. To me, the rule change that allows them to complete with 600s is very similar to the Harley rule that allows the Motor Company to continue dominating dirt track. It was written to help make BMW competitive when, in my opinion, they shouldn't be granted any favors. Their engineers and designers should be forced to compete.
Here's what we know:
1) BMW runs a first-class F1 car racing team. No allowances for "different approaches" to engine building.
2) BMW builds some of the fastest, best-handling touring coups and sedans in the world. Not caveats here, either.
3) BMW is one of the most profitable car companies in the world.
4) I believe BMW, like Mercedes and a few other F1 builders, use pneumatic "springs" to pop open closed, allowing their racecars to rev astronomically high without valve float. This is a superior solution to Ducati's desmo valves.
I just don't understand why some of that goodness does not migrate to two wheels. Maybe the new K-bike is a first foray. Long overdue, IMHO.
Here's what we also know -
- BMW cars and BMW motorcycles are run as two separate entities, and the racing programs are even more distant. Not unlike Honda or Suzuki.
- The AMA rules were made to allow the broadest competition in the FX class, since the Supersport series is locked down to 600 fours an 850 twins. The idea is to have a very open class with a broad number of manufacturers, which they've certainly achieved, even to the point of basing the most famous road race in America on that class. The only way to do that is to set the rules in such a way where machines have a chance at parity on power based on engine design, not displacement. If you don't like it, don't watch Formula Extreme races.
If you truly want to harp on the rules and your perspective on lack of parity, why aren't you ripping on Ducati, Triumph, and Buell? All of these brands get "special treatment" that allows more engine displacement than the big four Japanese builders. Or maybe you're frequenting their boards and pissing in their Cheerios as well.
Bottom line for me - the more brands in racing, the more engine configurations in racing, the more variety in racing, makes for better racing. Apparently the governing bodies of every production racing organization on the planet think so, too. But hey, we could all be wrong.