The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 concept motorcycle encapsulates different next generation human fantasies. The bike is part of a series of events that imagine vehicles a century from now.
BMW has a rich heritage of being the torchbearer for being the most innovative company of automotive industry and amply justifying it’s tagline of ‘Sheer Driving Pleasure’, no matter the number of wheels. Therefore in order to celebrate a glorious century of making the most enjoyable vehicles on roads, BMW has come up with a number of vehicles which it sees will be responsible for human mobility by the year 2116. One of these un-hinged machines is the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 concept motorcycle, which was recently unveiled at a special event in California.
The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 concept motorcycle is designed to showcase what a 2116 model year motorcycle could look like. The BMW Next 100 Motorcycle basically just enhances the technologies we’re currently using and puts it into a package that looks straight out of a Tron movie. The designers of the bike were given a free reign and they let their imagination run wild like a pack of wildebeests in African savannah, un-hindered by silly stuff like crooked bean-counters or pesky laws of physics.
The motorcycle looks like a shapeshifting futuristic machine, which consists of a mechanism through which the bike’s whole frame flexes to change the direction of the front wheel, instead of steering with a handlebar hooked up to a fork. As said earlier, the bike uses extensions of technologies which are taking baby steps right now or will be available in the near future, such as the Michelin ‘Tweel’, in which a rim and tire act as one unit, with the rim giving way to absorb bumps. The Beemer also does away with the instrument cluster as the riders will see this BMW’s hypothetical HUD through a pair of hi-tech goggles. Pretty dandy! eh? Wait till you read further.
BMW says that it aims to eliminate the need for a helmet altogether. How you ask? Well, they say that they hope to create ways to avoid the crash altogether, with all kinds of buzzers and alarms built into a special suit, which the rider will wear and parts of it will vibrate or light up when somebody’s in your blind spot or when you’re coming up on somebody too fast – just like the beeps and buzzes in a BMW car. That’s not all, the bike can hover–stand straight up even while static. The kickstand has to come down when it’s not running, but otherwise it stays erect at stoplights and pull-overs using gyroscopic sensors.
BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100
– The concept is designed to showcase what a 2116 model year motorcycle could look like
– Latest technologies such as the Tweel, HUD goggles and gyroscopic assisted riding have been used
– BMW also showcases new suit which will alert the rider of speeds and blind spots
– The bike can also hover–stand straight up even while static, such as at stop-lights