BMW reveals Vision Next 100 motorcycle
BMW has revealed its Vision Next 100 Motorcycle in a collection of striking images.
The model is one of a series of concepts from the BMW Group, which envisage what transport will look like in 30 years. It was unveiled yesterday at the "Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience" exhibition in Los Angeles.
While it clearly is a motorcycle, the radical concept features a distinctly sci-fi appearance, and in keeping with other futuristic concepts is zero-emission.
A number of iconic hallmarks of the German brand feature on the bike, including the white lines and classic, boxer engine forms.
Meanwhile, the black frame triangle harks back to the first BMW bike, the R32, which made its debut in 1923.
This 'Flexframe' is unconventional, as it features no steering joints. Instead, turning the handlebars adjusts the entire frame to change the bike's direction.
A swingarm and springs are also noticeably lacking on the model, with the tyres acting as suspension instead.
Powered by a zero-emissions drive unit, designed to look like a traditional boxer engine, the Next Vision 100 features a host of safety features so advanced that it promises never to crash, meaning the rider needs no protective clothing.
Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad, said: "The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 embodies the BMW Group's vision of biking in a connected world – an analogue experience in a digital age.
"Motorcycling is about escaping from the everyday: the moment you straddle your bike, you are absolutely free. Your bike is The Great Escape."
However, motorcycling traditionalists need not baulk at the idea of the Vision Next 100, as there's no plan for the bike to be produced. The concept is rather a theoretical look at how the future of motorcycling may pan out.