This new, naked machine is a direct contender for the Duck. It is bare bones and shows off the frame and the trademark Boxer motor. It may not be quite as sexy as the Monster, but it does something that the Ducati doesn’t, it is ultimately customizable.
Yes, BMW seems to have taken a page from the Harley Handbook and is looking to create a bike that can then be recreated over and over by each owner to fit his or her specific desires. Seat, handlebars, headlight, and exhaust can be changed with other items to personalize the look and feel of the bike. Plus, and probably most exciting, the seat, handlebar, and foot peg positions can all be changed easily to fine tune or dramatically change the riding position! Cool idea to be able to move your foot pegs from a center position to forward and vice versa, talk about custom.
While the Lo Rider is still a concept vehicle it might not be that far off in motorcycling’s future. At the Milan show where the vehicle was unveiled, BMW Motorrad’s General Director stated that this bike would take less than the usual 36 months to create since BMW already has many of the components necessary for this new model. One can only hope! I suppose we will have to wait and see about that list… changes could be possible.
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