ssduc wrote:BMW, like all manufacturers, often has function follow form. Take the R1100 bikes for example. BMW was forced to find a way to keep an opposed twin because their loyalists demanded they do so. From an engineering standpoint, keeping that motor made no sense once they moved beyond air cooling.
The S1000RR is an amazing bike, but let's be realistic here. To get to the S1000RR, BMW bought every superbike available and then tore them apart. Do you think they pulled the geometry out of thin air? To not build a bike this way, by starting from scratch, would be lunacy. To claim Kawasaki is stealing design elements of the S1000RR is to completely ignore the 30 years of Japanese superbike development that preceded BMW's effort. The S1000RR is just another evolutionary step that will surely continue with each manufacturer contributing something new to already well established design and engineering principles.
Spot on ssduc - no-one is reinventing the wheel but building on platforms that have proven for years.
It is pointless to start with clean sheet, spend years and millions on development and end up with product that looks similar to current machines.