Bike SA|March 2020
We don't ever think just how fortunate we are to live in this day and age. We cracked an invite to the launch of BMW's exciting new middleweights in Almeria, on the east coast of Spain. A hop to Dubai, a skip to Madrid and a jump to Almeria and less than twenty four hours after leaving Johannesburg, we were settled in our hotel, listening to Markus Schramm, head of BMW Motorrad, introducing the new bikes to the assembled journalists. Spare a thought for poor old Bartholemew Diaz, who took 5 months to sail from Lisbon to where Cape Town is today! The world is a veritable village! Let's forget the trivia and focus on the new Beemers.
At a launch like this, one is reminded of the incredible amount of work that goes into the design and building of a new model like the F900. We had Steffen Rau, the engineer tasked with "lighting functions" at BMW Motorrad, use a disassembled headlight assembly to illustrate the "Adaptive cornering" lights incorporated into the headlights. These lights essentially switch on as you corner, to light the verge of the road on the side to which you are turning. As you straighten up, they switch off, leaving you with the regular LED headlights with their typical dim and bright functions. A dummy handlebar setup mounting the headlights showed us the functionality of the design in a real world simulation. Both F900 variants sport daytime running lights. Impressive!
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