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Capacity : 1000
Model : W-18 K5
Production : 1989 - 1997
Category : (R) Street Bike


Ecomobile W - 18 K 5 - 1989

It's a car, it's a plane, it's -what is it?

Is it a car? Is it a motorcycle? Certainly the British authorities expressed no doubts when this Swiss-built tandem-seated two-wheeler visited England in 1982, insisting that its pilot wear a crash helmet, obligatory on motorcycles.

Five Speeds - and Reverse ...

This highly-original machine uses a 987cc BMW four-cylinder engine and transmission, though a Swiss gearbox incorporating reverse gear is available as an option. Like the Monotrace of the Twenties, the Ecomobile has a car-like body, streamlined like an airplane fuselage, with an all-enveloping canopy. Its construction comes from the aerospace industry.

Air-Conditioned Luxury

Production is limit~d, but one of the first 15 owners avows: "My Ecomobile is superior to a conventional motorcycle, even on narrow mountain roads. Its length does not pose any problems when maneuvering in confined places, for it has a 26-foot turning circle, it

can safely be leaned over to 52 degrees – more than a motorcycle – and its fuel consumption is noticeably less." Snug in his air-conditioned cockpit (stereo and telephone are options), the rider controls the Ecomobile through a hand gearshift; twin pedals operate clutch and coupled brakes (ABS is another option). Beneath the handlebars – the front fork is also from the BMW – a button controls the retractable steady wheels which provide extra safety in icy conditions.


Engine: water-cooled 987cc BMW four-cylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 90 hp @ 8000 rpm

Valves: double-overhead-camshafts

Fuel System: fuel injection

Transmission: 5-speecl

Suspension: telescopic fork (front); swinging fork (rear)

Brakes: ventilated disk

Wheels: alloy

Weight: 870 lb

Maximum Speed: 150 mph

Avant-garde? The Economobile recently made an appearance in Wim Wender's filtn Until the End of the World, as the police cycle of the near future.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.