Among bikers, there’s a saying that “life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 150.” At K 2016 standing in front of the BMW GS on display at the Coko stand, it was pretty obvious why.
Built for both on and off-road riding, the bike exudes power, speed and performance. “It’s a bike for adventure,” said a company spokesman on the stand. Indeed. And it’s made of plastic.
Coko (Bad Salzuflen, Germany), a family-owned injection molder with subsidiaries in Poland and Turkey, specializes in molding large components. The company produces housings for household appliances and medical equipment, but is also a trusted supplier to the automotive industry, including motorcycles.
Motorcycle components are a core competence, said the company, and their production requires specialist expertise. Complex tools and technology are used to produce these components, including gas injection, galvanizing and special finishing processes, all in compliance with extremely narrow—“unforgiving” as Coko put it—tolerances and specifications. The company also has all requisite finishing technologies in house. It produced the full range of plastic parts on the displayed bike, some with a high-gloss surface.