The BMW Vision Next 100 concept is an embodiment of BMW’s idea of what motorcycling will be like 30 years into the future. Below are a few things that make this concept, unveiled at Los Angeles recently, very, very different from any motorcycle on the road today.
That’s right. The segway will no longer be holding fort as the sole self-balancing two-wheeler we know. The Vision Next 100 stays upright without the need of a stand, and doesn’t lean even when you are carving corners or negotiating tight turns.
2. Flexible frame
Motorcycles happen to be a sum of their parts, fastened together with solid joints. But the BMW Vision Next 100 has a frame surface constructed out of corrugated matt black textile with a carbon-made seat, upper frame cover and wings. On the road, this translates to the entire frame of the bike shifting shape to adjust to every turn of the handle bar. Pretty neat, eh?
3. Emissionless power source
While BMW Motorrad has been rather tight-lipped about the powertrain, it’s safe to assume that it’ll definitely not be gasoline.
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4. Shape shifting engine
The motorcycle remains a compact unit when it’s parked, but as soon as the ride begins, the engine changes dimensions. A part of the drivetrain, built out of layers of concentric, punched metallic plates, emerges from underneath the surface in order to aid aerodynamics.
5. Visors instead of helmets
BMW Motorrad deems this concept so safe that it eliminates the need for protective riding gear, including helmets. Instead, active feedback on road conditions and prompts to adjust riding behaviour accordingly would be communicated to the rider via projections on a digital visor. In the event that the rider is unable to heed to these directions, the bike would automatically correct itself. BMW also points out that the projected graphics will not hinder the rider’s field of vision.
The rider can also access different data through the visor, only with eye movement. For example, if the rider lowers his eyes, the system will display navigation information.
6. Tyres adjust to terrain
The tyres of the BMW Vision Next 100 come with a damping function to absorb any undulations on the road.
7. And all that jazz…
Since this is supposed to be the bike of the future, it does come with its share of comic book showmanship. For instance, the two reed thin strips of light that serve as rear lamps and indicators.
More information on the Vision Next 100 is available on BMW Motorrad’s official site.