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    BMW 6 cyl Motorcycle

    Does anyone know the name or number of the 6 cyl motorcycle that BMW was developing in the 1970s.

    They were going to produce it but then Honda came out with the Gold Wing so they dropped any production plans.

    Thanks ..... Dave

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    R1XXX of course.
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    OTL had an article on this last year, iirc, and the bike was a horizontally-opposed four, like the just-introduced Goldwing.
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    Was it this one.
    Last edited by widebmw; 02-26-2008 at 08:14 PM.

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    Or this one?
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    http://jeffdean2.home.att.net/asian.htm

    "Not well known is the fact that in the early 1970s BMW, in Germany, was developing several engine designs. The M77 project involved liquid-cooled engines in several configurations. There were several twin-cylinder iterations ranging from 500cc to 750cc. Most interesting, however, is that the M77 project also included a 4-cylinder opposed engine design of 1,000cc! By 1975, that design was just about ready. But the motorcycle world was stunned by Honda when it introduced the motorcycle below. Sadly, that killed BMW's opposed four and we are left wondering how BMW would have designed a motorcycle with such an engine."
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    2014 & 2007 R1200RTs, R60/2s, R67/3, R51/3 ↔ 1949 R24

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    I came across a photo of a prototype Honda Goldwing in a Motorcyclist Magazine one day. It could answer the question of what BMW might have built. The article that accompanied the picture described the first engine that the Japanese were considering for the GW. It was a six cylinder 1000 cc engine. For the proof of concept vehicle, they used a stock BMW transmission, sub frame, fender, driveshaft/swing arm, final drive and rear wheel/hub combo (all /5 stuff if I remember correctly). It was finished off with a CB750 front end and gas tank. The seat might have been BMW too.
    John D'oh

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    BMW MOA co-founder bmwdean's Avatar
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    Most likely, this is the photo you saw:
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    2014 & 2007 R1200RTs, R60/2s, R67/3, R51/3 ↔ 1949 R24

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    How about a Wankel





    This has to be the engine with the fewest moving parts.

    Photos taken in the Glenn Curtis museum in Hammondsport, NY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwdean View Post
    Most likely, this is the photo you saw:
    Thanks Jeff! That was indeed the photo I saw. It DID have a BMW seat...
    John D'oh

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    New one?

    Not quite related, but I thought I heard they were working on a new 6 cyl. Anyone know?

    Regards,


    Randy Kasal



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