BMW Motorrad Unveils Vision Next 100 Concept
By Kingshuk Dutta
1 mins read
Published on October 12, 2016
- The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 has a flexible frame
- It has no suspension components. The tyres double up as suspension
- It is 'self-balancing' and can never crash
BMW Group had revealed its Vision 100 concept cars for all of its brands, such as BMW, Rolls-Royce and Mini in the last few months. It brought the house down with the stunning Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 concept and the Mini Vision Next 100 Concept as well. Following in the same footsteps, BMW Motorrad took the wraps off its Vision Next 100 concept motorcycle. It is BMW Motorrad's vision of motorcycling in a connected world. The Vision Next 100 Motorrad concept throws up some very surprising aspects which are way different from regular design norms of a motorcycle.
First up is the extra-ordinary frame, which is flexible, so it can change shape whenever a turn is made. This being a complete opposite of how a normal motorcycle works. Also, there are no joints or bearings or any such components. Apart from these, there are no swingarm or suspension unit, which begs the question about ride. The tyres themselves form the suspension of the Vision Next 100 Motorrad, with their variable tread adjusting to the conditions and maintaining optimum grip. The concept of course, has an engine which produces zero emissions but carries the shape of BMW's famed Boxer engines. The seats, wings and the upper frame cover are made of carbon-fibre.
The Vision Next 100 concept also gets 'self-balancing' system which enhances stability and safety. It can also guide beginners in all riding situations as well.
"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," says Edgar Heinrich, head of design at BMW Motorrad, outlining the core principles underlying his brand's Vision Vehicle.
Along with the motorcycle, there is the riding suit and the visor as well whose primary responsibility is to keep the rider comfortable. The suit can keep the rider cooled or heated as required. The special visor can track eye movement and based on that, it can provide information about the bike, route, traffic and so on and so forth. The active assistance systems keep the rider in complete control by anticipating and alerting the users as well. BMW Motorrad says that this will completely finish the need of riding gear such as jackets or helmets. The Visor, on the other hand, is like a virtual reality headset, which can display the route, act as a rearview mirror and so on. The information display is controlled by the rider's eye movement.
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