Motorcycle manufacturer TVS published a press release earlier this week in relation to its sales for April. But of more interest is official confirmation from them that the first of many motorcycles that TVS is developing in conjunction with BMW Motorrad will be released this year. That bike is currently code-named the K03 and will see BMW Motorrad be the first of the ‘premium’ motorcycle manufacturers to dip their feet into the low capacity market.
The agreement between BMW and TVS began in 2013 and was entered into to help BMW develop smaller capacity machines for the western market and TVS to make larger capacity machines for their markets. It is expected that the partnership will result in number of motorcycles up to 500cc in capacity.
The K03 will be a single cylinder, 300cc water cooled machine and that styling will be based on the TVS Draken which was shown at last years’ Delhi Auto Expo. As is the way in recent times, it’s expected that BMW and TVS will also release a fully faired sportsbike and GS inspired ‘adventure’ version of the K03 as well.
All bikes in the collaboration will be manufactured by TVS and sold as TVS machines in their local markets, but as BMW Motorrad bikes in western markets. Excpect the official unveiling to take place at the Intermot show later this year.