For over a quarter of a century, Wunderlich have been producing high-quality accessories, in particular for BMW motorcycles. They have a dedicated development department that creates tailor-made solutions related to the whole BMW range. And now, they’ve surpassed my wildest imagination by unveiling a BMW R1200GS that uses a hybrid drivetrain with an electric front-end developed with Italy’s electric specialist Evolt. I would have expected the brand to launch this tech and not an independent accessories maker.
This BMW R1200GS LC features a 10kW hub motor mounted onto its front wheel. The rear is powered via the conventional factory setup. The electric motor has regenerative braking, which helps charge its battery. It is claimed that this front wheel motor is capable of hauling the GS at 20kmph under its own power and can also work while going in reverse.
At this point there are no further details about this setup. I’m hoping BMW adopts this and makes this mainstream in the next-gen R1200GS.