The BMW motorcycle of the future


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After the future vision, Vision Next 100, of what will be the cars of the BMW Group (both the Bavarian house vehicles and those of MINI and Rolls-Royce), it is the turn of the two-wheeled vehicles of the German manufacturer.

For BMW, its motorcycle of the future must be the “way to escape from the routine” and to be “free” without polluting, reasons why the director of Design of BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich, defines it as “The Great Getaway, The Great Escape ”.

With these fundamentals, the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 is the “paradigm of the driving experience”, in which the absence of a helmet and any other type of protective clothing allows the driver “to feel the centrifugal forces, acceleration, wind and nature".

For this, the design of the motorcycle must be the “perfect symbiosis between man and machine”. Thus, the triangular black frame is reminiscent of the first BMW motorcycle, the R32 of 1923, but reinterprets it as a functional sculpture that unites the front and rear wheels with a dynamic drive that gives it the appearance of a single and integrated whole.

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Viewed from the side, it has the appearance of a "naked", although the position of the seat means that the ergonomics are designed as in a roadster. The rider is protected from the elements as if it were a fully covered motorcycle.

The frame surface is made of matt black fabric and the BMW logo stands out above it because it lights up in the typical blue and white colors while driving.

The frame (flexframe) of a single piece is endowed with a flexibility that allows to carry out turning maneuvers without the typical joints of today's motorcycles. The movement of the handlebar adjusts the entire frame, changing the direction of the vehicle.

The engine sits in the center of the frame and its shape and construction are reminiscent of the traditional BMW Boxer engine, which nonetheless houses the emission-free drive unit.

The outer structure of the “Boxer” changes depending on the situation: in rest state it is a compact unit and in motion it unfolds sideways to improve aerodynamics and protect the driver from inclement weather.

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The tires have a variable profile that actively adjusts to the terrain to ensure optimal grip in any situation.

On the handlebar, which lacks indicators, cables and switches, a red rocker switch located on the far right stands out, which is responsible for locking or releasing the throttle grip. The outwardly turned handles also evoke days gone by.

According to BMW Motorrad this motorcycle will be ridden in a few decades in a world that will be dominated by interconnection and digitization.

Most vehicles will move autonomously, life will be largely organized by digital services, and more and more people will live in an urban environment.

The intelligent interconnection of the driver, the motorcycle and the environment, together with the active and intelligent assistance systems that the vehicle incorporates, will increase stability and safety, which will allow novice drivers to have a companion “who will never let them down”.

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The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 remains upright even when the driver has already got out, while, while driving, the balance systems are activated to provide an “especially agile and dynamic” driving experience.

It equips an always active “digital companion” that will only make an appearance when necessary or if the driver wishes.

The pilot will be wearing data glasses with windshields that show him the relevant data in one of four display zones, which are controlled by the driver's eye movements.

If he looks up, the driver will get a “rear view mirror function” that shows him what is happening behind him; if you look down a little, a menu opens with which you can access each of the functions with finger gesture control; and if you do it below, the map will open that shows the chosen route.

To offer a unique driving experience, clothing is a "fundamental part", in black and white and which protects from inclement weather using sensors. At high speeds the nape area is inflated to protect the upper vertebrae.

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