It seems the BMW-TVS team-up really is close to producing a motorcycle.
We’ve known for months that BMW is building a small-capacity motorcycle in conjunction with Indian motorcycle manufacturer TVS, but details were slim. A few days back, there was a rumour the bike would be known as the K03, but that was all.
Now, a spy photographer has come up with some shots of the project undergoing road testing. Sure enough, as predicted, it’s a naked bike, with liquid-cooled motor (allegedly a single-cylinder, with exhaust exiting from back of the cylinder and intake in front). Styling seems to echo that of bigger BMW nakeds.
Other visible details include USD forks and single disc brake. There’s talk of an adventure bike based on this platform, but if that’s true, it will likely follow similar lines to the Honda CB500X or Suzuki V-Strom. Check out that protruding oil filter at the front of the engine – that sort of design wouldn’t fly on a true 50-50 dual sport.
Supposedly, this machine will hit the market this year, although we’re guessing we won’t see it in North America. Find more photos of the bike at Motorcycle.com.