A VI­SION OF THE FU­TURE

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Rather than fo­cus­ing on the past and rolling out its Bavar­ian back cat­a­logue of great­est hits, BMW has been cel­e­brat­ing its cen­te­nary this year by vi­su­al­is­ing the fu­ture of the brand with a se­ries of Vi­sion the fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to BMW, will look like this: The BMW Mo­tor­rad VI­SION NEXT 100.

“Nor­mally, when we develop a mo­tor­cy­cle, we tend Hein­rich, head of de­sign at BMW Mo­tor­rad. “On this oc­ca­sion, we looked much fur­ther ahead and found the ex­pe­ri­ence es­pe­cially ex­cit­ing. There are some Mo­tor­rad VI­SION NEXT 100 sets out a co­her­ent

The de­sign looks like some­thing straight out of a fu­tur­is­tic, cy­ber­punk Ja­panese anime but key vis­ual el­e­ments have been de­lib­er­ately ref­er­enced from BMW boxer en­gine that sits within it are the ob­vi­ous nos­tal­gic nods to her­itage. How­ever, nei­ther of these func­tions in the tra­di­tional man­ner.

Be­yond the nec­es­sary func­tion of con­nect­ing to change di­rec­tion when the rider turns the han­dle­bars. This dis­penses with pivot points and the var­i­ous joints found on ‘tra­di­tional’ mo­tor­cy­cles al­lows for light steer­ing at lower speeds and be­comes more rigid at higher speeds for sta­bil­ity.

The power unit housed within the frame has been de­signed and cre­ated in the im­age of the tra­di­tional BMW boxer en­gine com­plete with pol­ished emis­sions drive unit and its out­ward ap­pear­ance changes de­pend­ing on cir­cum­stances. When the bike is parked the power unit is com­pact but ex­tends out­wards once the bike sets off to en­hance aero­dy­nam­ics and cool­ing and also to pro­tect the rider from the el­e­ments.

Pos­si­bly the most rad­i­cal tech­nol­ogy of this sys­tem that utilises so­phis­ti­cated elec­tron­ics to pre­vent the BMW Mo­tor­rad VI­SION NEXT 100 from fall­ing over. These ac­tive as­sis­tance sys­tems are claimed to en­hance the rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence out on the road, adding agility and a “dy­namic rid­ing sta­bil­ity and safety. Even when sta­tion­ary, the BMW Mo­tor­rad VI­SION NEXT 100 re­mains up­right when the rider has dis­mounted.

Safety, there­fore, seems to be of para­mount im­por­tance in BMW’s vi­sion of mo­tor­cy­cling in the fu­ture, so it’s sur­pris­ing to see that the rider will not re­quire a rid­ing suit or hel­met. BMW be­lieves that, in the fu­ture, rid­ers will be able to en­joy mo­tor­cy­cling with­out pro­tec­tive cloth­ing due to the safety fea­tures on the bike. For the rider of the BMW Mo­tor­rad VI­SION NEXT 100, all that is re­quired is the vi­sor for eye pro­tec­tion. This may be a pipe dream as a hel­met is cur­rently a le­gal re­quire­ment. fu­ture of mo­tor­cy­cling.

The vi­sor shows rel­e­vant data to the rider in a cam­era and maps can be ac­cessed as well as in­for­ma­tion tra­di­tion­ally dis­played on gauges on the bike. It can dis­play cur­rent bank­ing angle and ideal lines by col­lect­ing data from its sur­round­ings while also warn­ing rid­ers of pos­si­ble haz­ards ahead. This con­nec­tiv­ity, al­beit in­te­grated into a hel­met rather than a vi­sor, is very likely to reach pro­duc­tion in the

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