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Edgar Heinrich to Head BMW Motorcycle Design

posted by on 31 January 2012 in Motorcycle News

Edgar Heinrich, the man who designed such memorable bikes as BMW’s R100RS and R1100RT as well as the HP2 Megamoto, will take over as BMW Motorrad design chief effective July 1. He will replace David Robb, under whom he worked from 2007 to 2009 and who is leaving the company.

Though he started at BMW as a designer in 1986 and worked for the company for 23 years, he has spent the last couple years as the vice president of product design for Indian vehicle maker Bajaj Auto. “I am very pleased to be returning to BMW Motorrad and having the great opportunity to be involved in shaping the two-wheel future of the BMW Group with an outstanding team.”

Naturally, he has the backing of BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk, who adds, “Edgar Heinrich is an excellent motorcycle designer and passionate motorcyclist who has already made key contributions to BMW Motorrad design in the course of his many years of experience. I very much look forward to collaborating with him to take BMW Motorrad design to ongoing success in the future.”

One thought on “Edgar Heinrich to Head BMW Motorcycle Design

  1. Dear Mr Edgar Heinrich, The last motorcycle I owned was a 4 cylinder shaft drive Yamaha Maxim, real smooth. I refuse to go to v-twins and parallel twins don’t get me excited. I hear BMW horizontal opposed engine is smooth; but is it? And that saddle squishes your testicles (to put it bluntly). The 6 cyclinder bikes are a bit much for me. What happened to the K1200s and why won’t BMW make a K1200/1300 roadster that has upright sitting. You have to be a crazy teenager to ride hundreds of miles slumped forward in a cafe racing posture. The K1300 that’s being sold in the U.S. of A. is okay except for those really low handle bars.
    Another thing. I live on the gulf coast of Louisiana. It almost never gets cold here. I told my local dealer that I did not want heated handle grips and he said I had to have them. And that me not getting them would mess up the resale value of the motorcycle. May I say if I ever do find my ideal motorcycle, I don’t plan to sell it. I’m 59 and am running out of time.
    Is BMW planning to someday go back to a K1000-K1300 roadster? Just a plain old, rudimentary, smooth running motorcycle would be nice.

    If the 2 cylinder 1200s are relatively vibration free can they be ordered with different saddles? (I’d much rather a 4 cylinder shaft drive.)
    Thank you, Mr Heinrich, for your time and consideration.
    Pete Miller

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