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Best known for its luxurious, sport-oriented cars, the German manufacturer’s motorcycles are only beginning to shed their reputation as wheels for safety-conscious old men, thanks to exciting new bikes like the S 1000 RR and K 1600 LT.
At the International Motorcycle Shows event, held in in Long Beach, California in early December, BMW confused its image even further when its first scooters made their North American debut. Designed to capitalize on a trend in the world’s largest scooter market — Italy — the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT are agile enough to cut through city traffic, but large enough to also take a weekend trip.
The C 600 Sport and C 650 GT may be scooters, but they take many of their suspension and handling cues from BMW motorcycles, including an upside-down front fork and single swingarm. The wheels are large like a motorcycle’s, with a wider tread than is normally found on a scooter. They are also equipped with anti-lock brakes.
Like its motorcycles, BMW’s new scooters have electronic fuel injection to improve mileage and are outfitted with a catalytic converter to reduce tailpipe emissions. Fuel economy estimates haven’t yet been released. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced either, but estimates say that the scooters will cost about $10,000 when they enter the U.S. market next fall, most likely as a 2013 model.
What do you think about this evolution in Scooters?