Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: New Berlin, WI, USA
Re: Any rumors or info on future K1200LT
I took my niece's German foreign exchange student out for a classic American 'burger, fries and chocolate shake last night. His name is Hienrich, and he's a nice kid. He speaks English very well, and has a keen interest in everything American.
We were talking about Harley's 105th Anniversary Party which begins this week (we live near Milwaukee) and he mentioned that his father told him about BMW's 100th Anniversary edition of the /10 LT.
I was taken aback by this news and asked him a few questions, the first one being 'how can a company that built its first motorcycle in 1923 celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2010?'
BMW's reasoning is that if you convert 75 years (the approximate number of years they've built motorcycles) into metric, it equals about 100 years, hence the 100th anniversary. I did some quick mental math and concluded that their numbers are a bit off, since 62.5 regular years converts to 100 metric years. Anyhow, it's apparently a marketing department matter, and BMW feels the need to compete with HD.
BMW envies HD's ability to sell high-margin special edition bikes (HD's CVO edition bikes), and intends to bring out their own special edition of the /10 LT.
It will be called the 'Speziell K'. The boxer engine will be uprated by approx 20 horsepower and have a custom-looking chrome four-into-two exhaust system with pipes on both sides of the bike. This custom exhaust sytem will be called the 'Aigle Criant' pipes. I'll have to get my German-English translator out of mothballs and find out what that phrase means.
The Speziell K bike will feature very unsual body panels. All of the body panels will be made from lightly smoked clear Lexan, including the fairing, the top case, the saddle bags, etc. Every piece of body work will be smoked Lexan, creating a see-through effect. The frame parts will be painted blue and white (same colors as are in BMW's logs), and many of the engine/transmission parts will be chromed. There will be LEDs hidden inside the body so the bikes innards can be illuminated at night, at bike shows, at boom box night, etc. This is going to be a very neat feature, I think, adding some long-overdue bling to the K bike.
I think this may explain why BMW has gone to a completely wireless electric system for the /10, as I learned about previously and included in an earlier post. They want the see-through Speziell K to look really clean and high-tech, so they got rid of the wires. Clever!
A big advantage of the Lexan body will be that the rider can see into the topcase and saddlebags without having to open them, making it far easier to determine where thinks were packed when a trip began. Questions like 'honey, do you remember where I packed the torx wrench kit?' will be a thing of the past. Hiding a firearm in your saddlebag, will, of course, become more difficult.
It was a pretty interesting hour I spent with Heinrich. He's starting to loosen up a bit, and is a nice kid. I've promised him a ride on my Harley this afternoon, and maybe I'll be able to get a bit more information about the next LT.
Inside my 60 year old body is a 35 year old brain wondering what the hell happened.
2005 Suzuki Burgman