BMW Imagines The Self-balancing Motorcycle of The Future

LOS ANGELES, CA — October 11, 2016. The BMW Group has today unveiled its fourth Vision Vehicle,the self-balancing motorcycle named “BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100”, to mark the opening of its auto show and event platform, “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience”, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Los Angeles.

Following the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100, MINI VISION NEXT 100 and BMW VISION NEXT 100, presented at the Munich Centenary Event on the 7th of March 2016, it is now the turn of the BMW Motorrad brand to unveil its vision of exceptional future motorcycle mobility for the coming years.

The BMW company chose to unveil the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 in the USA. The US market is one of the largest for BMW motorcycles and one in which the BMW Group intends to continue developing its business. As a pioneer in the field of sustainable mobility, the state of California is the ideal place for the presentation of the fourth Vision Vehicle, which is an interpretation of the motorcycle mobility of the future. The megacity of LA is the perfect setting for the finale of the event and exhibition platform “BMW Group Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience”.

“Our long-term corporate strategy, Number ONE > NEXT, focuses firmly on the customer and the experience of sustainable premium mobility. We want to offer our customers the ultimate in emotional products and innovative services – today and in the future,” said BMW Board of Management Chairman, Harald Krüger.

Caption: BMW AG’s Management Board Chairman, Harald Krüger, the press conference on 11 October in Los Angeles.

Caption: BMW AG’s Management Board Chairman, Harald Krüger, the press conference on 11 October in Los Angeles.

The key idea behind self-balancing BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 motorcycle is to create an unique, unbridled ride experience. In the near future, the special sensation of freedom will be made possible by even greater connectivity between rider, bike and the outside world.

“The assistance systems in the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 motorcycle will not only anticipate and advise when action is needed but also intervene, when required, to keep riders safe. Protective clothing such as helmets and padded suits will no longer be needed. Instead, riders will simply be able to enjoy the sensation of absolute freedom,” the company said in its press release.

A key assistance system in BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 motorcycle is the unique self-balancing mechanism, which keeps the motorcycle balanced both while in motion and while stationary, and prevents it from tipping over.

This technology consequently allows all riders of any level of skill or expertise to keep on pushing boundaries for an ever more positive ride experience. Information is exchanged between rider and motorcycle largely via the smart visor. This spans the rider’s entire field of view and provides not only wind protection but also relevant information, which it projects straight into the line of sight as and when it is needed.

In terms of design and function, the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 motorcycle takes its cues from various striking elements in the history of BMW Motorrad, adding a contemporary twist each time. The black frame triangle, for example, harks back to the first ever motorcycle by BMW Motorrad, the R32, made in 1923. Seen from the side the Vision Vehicle resembles a naked bike, with the ergonomics and seating position of a roadster. The forms and execution of the power unit resemble the traditional BMW boxer engine, but it is actually a zero-emission drivetrain.