The Vision Next 100 concept was revealed during the event “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience” exhibition platform at the Barkar Hangar, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, running from 11 to 16 October 2016.
The motorcycle concept follows the BMW Vision Next 100, unveiled at the Munich Centenary Event on 7 March, the Mini Vision Next 100 and Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100.
The vehicle is centered on “The Great Escape” theme, based on the idea of a pure, unbounded ride experience. According to BMW, in the future the sensation of freedom will be enhanced by even greater connectivity between rider, bike and the outside world.
In the company’s vision, a series of active safety systems will render protective clothing such as helmets and padded suits no longer needed. Instead, riders will be able to fully enjoy the sensation of absolute freedom.
A key system in this vision is the Self-Balancing mechanism, which keeps the motorcycle balanced both while in motion and while stationary, and prevents it from tipping over.
This technology allows all riders of any level of skill or expertise to keep on pushing boundaries for an ever more positive ride experience.
Information is exchanged between rider and bike largely via the smart visor. This spans the rider’s entire field of view and provides not only wind protection but also relevant information, which it projects straight into the line of sight as and when it is needed.
In terms of design and function, the BMW Vision Next 100 Concept takes its cues from various elements in the history of BMW Motorrad, adding a contemporary twist each time.
The black frame triangle, for example, harks back to the first ever motorcycle by BMW Motorrad, the R32, made in 1923.
Seen from the side the Vision Vehicle resembles a naked bike, with the ergonomics and seating position of a roadster. The forms and execution of the power unit resemble the traditional BMW boxer engine, but it is actually a zero-emission drivetrain.