BMW principally created the journey touring class, popularizing the section with its Gelände Straße bikes. Ever since, the German model has created increasingly more “GS” bikes to assist diversify its lineup for the tastes of riders, and in addition to defend its place from different manufacturers.
Right here, designer Oberdan Bezzi imagines a unique form of GS – a grand sport. Dwelling someplace between a scrambler and a maxi-motard, Bezzi’s creation sees using an air-cooled 1250cc boxer engine, wedged into a light-weight adventure-sport format.
It’s an intriguing concept (and design), and it pokes an apparent gap in BMW’s present crop of bikes. We didn’t assume the Bavarian model may use one other boxer-powered bike in its lineup, however Bezzi’s World Sport makes a superb case for such a machine.
We’re seeing the rise of middleweight adventure-touring bikes proper now. Triumph has revamped its Tiger 800 bikes, the Austrians have teased the KTM 790 Journey, in some unspecified time in the future in time Yamaha will launch its MT-07 powered Ténéré, and even BMW has upped the ante with its F750GS and F850GS fashions.
A motorbike like Bezzi’s won’t match into that mildew per se, however we’re seeing a development of ADV bikes which can be lighter and extra succesful off-road than their 500+ lbs globe-trotting siblings. The recognition of the Honda Africa Twin proves this level additional.
With that in thoughts, an air-cooled GS variant may make sense, if BMW can hold the load down. It additionally makes the case for the same mannequin with 17″ wheels, which may fill a lacking spot in BMW’s lineup, and go head-to-head with a motorcycle just like the Ducati Hypermotard 939.
Lengthy-time Asphalt & Rubber readers ought to understand how a lot such an concept intrigues my private fancies…
Supply: Oberdan Bezzi