- The bike was built by a Custom Works Zon from Japan
- It uses BMW’s newly developed boxer twin engine
- To be employed in different type of bikes
BMW Motorrad has released a new video showcasing its custom bike which is powered by a newly developed boxer twin engine. The company collaborated with the Japanese firm - Custom Works Zon to build this quirky-looking custom motorcycle. Christened as ‘Departed,’ it was first unveiled in December 2018 in Yokohama, Japan and now, this video reveals more details about the motorcycle.
The ‘Departed’ is built around BMW’s new boxer twin engine prototype which is speculated to be an 1800cc, air/oil-cooled unit. The company supplied this powerplant to Custom Works Zon and wanted them to create a new motorcycle and the result was this bare-bone and minimalistic flat tracker-styled machine. It is based on a truss steel trellis frame which holds the rear wheel with a single-sided swingarm. As apparent from the sketch, it rides on a 21-inch front and 26-inch rear wheel. Moreover, the video also reveals the rumbling exhaust note of the bike.
It remains to be seen when this concept will turn into a production model. BMW might employ this engine in a variety of bikes such as a bagger and cruiser. The engine looks similar to those developed by BMW years ago but if it is utilised in new bikes, it will be compliant with the modern emissions norms. The German brand is expected to be eyeing at bringing worthy competitors for the high-capacity Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles.