New BMW scooter spied test­ing

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This new scooter, spied at a pri­vate test fa­cil­ity in Ger­many last week, ap­pears to be a new ad­di­tion to BMW’S range.

Still ev­i­dently some way off be­ing pro­duc­tion ready, and with no in­for­ma­tion forth­com­ing from BMW, it’s very dif­fi­cult to be sure of its ca­pac­ity or fi­nal form – but it does ap­pear to be a mid-ca­pac­ity BMW. The wind­screen mounts look al­most iden­ti­cal to those on the cur­rent BMW C650 range, the over­all styling has hints of the larger BMW R1200RT, there are LED mini-in­di­ca­tors that look the same as those on cur­rent BMWS and the bike is test­ing in Ger­many. The styling of the rear three-quar­ter side pan­els is also sim­i­lar to those on the cur­rent C650 model.

What we can see from the pic­tures is there are some big dif­fer­ences in terms of the en­gi­neer­ing be­tween the cur­rent C650 and this pro­to­type. We can see the sin­gle-sided swingarm has been ditched in favour of a dou­blesided ver­sion, the ex­haust, while un­fin­ished, ap­pears to be sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent, and the front brakes have been up­graded to newer Brembo items.

The BMW C650 scooter range is still pretty fresh and was given a midlife re­fresh only last year, so there is a chance this is an ad­di­tion to the range, rather than a re­place­ment for an ex­ist­ing model; per­haps a smaller ca­pac­ity ver­sion to sit be­low the 650, and ap­peal to the more ur­ban end of the ex­ec­u­tive scooter mar­ket.

Lamp­kin’s Ver­tigo tri­als bike is highly mod­i­fied Pedal-like pegs on the rear wheel give Lamp­kin a firm foot­ing The record at­tempt bike fea­tures a two-teeth larger rear sprocket Mid-ca­pac­ity scoot is in fi­nal test­ing

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