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Having owned an oilhead, an R1200GS...the thing is WAY too heavy for sand paths. Eventually it's going to dump - and crush that balsa surfboard, and the poor surfer dude will need to recruit some beach-bunnies to right it.

It'll never happen; but I'd love to see a scaled-down boxer format for such a machine. Maybe a 400cc boxer, shaft drive, in a dual-sport or naked street bike application.
 

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While I agree with JPT the boxer engine will never undergo that kind of revamping, IMHO. What I would like to see is a lightweight competitor to the Ducati Scrambler, using their parallel twin, i.e. their F series. Although they have the F800R, I think something more retro would be a big seller like the Ducati Scrambler. An R Nine T, with the 800 parallel twin... And as light as they can make it.
 

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While I agree with JPT the boxer engine will never undergo that kind of revamping, IMHO. What I would like to see is a lightweight competitor to the Ducati Scrambler, using their parallel twin, i.e. their F series. Although they have the F800R, I think something more retro would be a big seller like the Ducati Scrambler. An R Nine T, with the 800 parallel twin... And as light as they can make it.
You're right, it will never happen.

More's the pity.

I disagree, though, on using one of their Rotax twins. If you put an outsourced twin in; and a chain drive...why, then, should the buyer get a BMW? Absent the design and technology, what does BMW bring into it that, say, Yamaha does not?

I think BMW is missing a market here. They BUILT their reputation with the smaller, understressed boxer setups of the 1950s and 60s. Scale it WAY down; aluminum components to reduce weight...keep the same shaft drive because, overstressed on the big bikes it'll be fine on a lightweight. And then...put it out and watch it fly off the racks.
 
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