BMW Motorrad revealed its R20 concept bike at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza auto show in Italy last week, utilising a monstrous 2000cc ‘Big Boxer’ engine, harnessed in a compact roadster chassis. 

The so-called Big Boxer has been taken from the R 18 cruiser platform, though its displacement has been boosted from 1802cc to 2000cc, and blinged up with new cylinder head covers, a new belt cover and a new oil cooler to hide unsightly oil pipes.

BMW R20 Concept

The powerplant also features new open intake funnels and bespoke open exhaust pipes, allowing the eye to follow the flow of air into the throttle bodies and out the megaphone exit pipes.

A new chassis was developed to fit the Big Boxer with a black double-loop main frame, with the bike riding on bespoke 17-inch spoked wheels in a unique mismatch design.

Suspension is managed by a Paralever setup backed up by fully adjustable Ohlins components, while the braking system sees radially mounted brake calipers with six-pistons at the front end, and four-pistons at the rear.

The bike is finished in a ‘hotter than pink’ colour scheme, while other subtle features include an incorporated LED tail light in the Alcantara single seat, as well as the 3D printed headlight cover giving the appearance of a floating headlight within the daytime running light.

The BMW R20 Concept is unlikely to see a production line, though it does reinforce the brand’s commitment to its Big Boxer platform.

BMW R20 Concept

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