We've seen motorcycles, particularly BMW , used by fire emergency services around the world. They are often used as first response, since a motorcycle can get at the scene much quicker than a firetruck, even with all sirens blaring. Carrying the minimum of equipment, they have a vital role in keeping us safe.
But here's a more novel approach to using a BMW motorcycle; in this case a BMW R1200GS motorcycle engine.
German Rosenbauer have in their catalog a FOX portable pump for the fireman. The FOX is powered by the twin cylinder boxer engine from the BMW R1200GS. The engine develops 50 kW at 4500 rpm.
The pump can spray 1600 liters per minute at 10 bar pressure, and 2000 liters at 3 bar, enough to fill a small sized pool in minutes.
According to the commercial leaflets, they chose BMW because of its reliability. Let's face it, you don't want to have your pump quit on you while extinguishing a fire.
Rosenbauer have tested the pump, running it for 300 hours nonstop without failure. So there you go.
The whole unit weighs about 167 kg.
Click here to see more info about the Fox (in German)