The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100, unveiled this week as part of the brand’s centennial celebration, is one of the most high-tech concept vehicles to ever roam the earth. Not convinced? Well, maybe a few more details on the next-gen, two-wheeled BMW will sell you on the idea.
Paying homage to BMW motorcycles from the past, the Motorrad’s black triangle frame draws its inspiration from the first ever BMW motorcycle, the iconic R32, made in 1923. But the idea has been reimagined in a more, free flowing sculptural form.
The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 features what’s known as a Flexframe, which allows the bike to be steered without the various joints found on today’s motorcycles. To turn the motorcycle, the rider simply needs to turn the handlebar.
Powered by a zero-emissions drive unit, the Motorrad features an engine that sits compact when the bike is resting. But when the motorcycle takes off the engine expands for better aerodynamics and to protect the driver.
The Motorrad features a large metal reflector integrated into the bike’s frame that makes up the daytime running light. The reflector also acts as a wind deflector.
Sticking to the idea that less is better when it comes to all the usual hardware found on a motorcycle, you’ll find very few displays, cables and buttons on the Motorrad. The racy BMW concept, however, has been designed with a red rocker-switch on the right-hand end of the handlebar, a throwback to the first BMW bike.
As striking as the Motorrad’s design is, it’s most impressive features lies in the safety technology BMW has engineered into the bike that makes the need for a helmet obsolete. For example, the motorcycle features a number of intelligent, assistant systems including one that will self-balance the Motorrad when needed.
One of the other high-tech features on the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 is the bike’s visor that enables the rider to control the motorcycle’s displays with eye movements. For example, looking up or down changes the content that appears on the display, and looking straight ahead switches the information off completely.
The BMW Motorrad’s high-tech elements aren’t just limited to the motorcycle itself. Even the gear for the bike is next-gen. The black and white suit features a self-sensing cooling and heating system as well as a navigation element that vibrates in the arms and legs to alert the rider when the banking angle is becoming critical.
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