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BMW D2-492-03-18
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Capacity : 800
Model : Futuro
Production : 1980 - 1980
Category : (R) Street Bike


800 Futuro 1980

Gaze into the futur…

 "The Futuro was unveiled at the Cologne Show in September 1980, a show that saw the debut of the Honda CX Turbo, the Suzuki Katana and the first Yamaha V-twins. Naturally, these "real-world" machines overshadowed BMW's "dream bike" built around the old flat-twin engine.

Turbocharger High Point

But the Futuro was worthy of better things, and the Ki, launched eight years later by BMW, was obviously indebted to it on both the aesthetic and the technical fronts. Of course, the Ki had outgrown the turbo technologies that were all the rage when the Futuro was developed, but it represented a high point in turbo development that has rarely been equalled.

Parallelogram Suspension

If the girder frame of the Futuro has not yet paid off, this show bike did mark the first use of the parallelogram rear suspension that has become commonplace on BMWs since 1987. It was in terms of style, however, that the Futuro most foreshadowed contemporary motorcycles. With its disc wheels (often found on custom machines), its saddle wrapped around the fuel tank, its rear trunk (which inspired the Honda Pacific Coast), its wraparound cowling, and its integrated rearview mirrors, it was a forecast of bike shapes for the Nineties. Though its first showing was also its last, it still cleared the way for successors.


Engine: 785cc flat-twin four-stroke

Power output: 75 hp @ 7250 rpm

Valves: overhead valves

Fuel system: Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and KKK turbocharger with air/air interchanger and controlled "overboost" at low speeds

Transmission: shaft final drive

Suspension: (front) telescopic forks; (rear) parallel-linkage swinging frame

Brakes: (front) disc; (rear) disc

Wheels: alloy disc

Weight: 397 lb

Maximum speed: 125 mph

Gaze into the future… Maybe the Futuro was too far ahead of its time, but it gave a pretty good idea of the shape of things to come.”

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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