The BMW Motorrad Concept Link has been revealed this week, showcasing the company’s vision of future zero-emissions urban vehicles.
Inspired by last year’s BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 concept – which was one of four vehicles revealed for the company’s centenary – the Motorrad Concept Link blends futuristic design and digitisation with the form of a modern two-wheeler.
Edgar Heinrich, BMW Motorrad’s head of design, said: “For me the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, with its timeless and reduced style, is more than a concept – it is rather a symbol for a new era”.
“[It] stands for a new understanding of urban mobility. It links the digital and analogue world and places the focus on the rider and his mobility needs.”
“In the way it links functionality and digitalisation it performs both as a means of transport as well as a communication device,” he added.
The Motorrad Concept Link’s low-slung, long body looks like something out of the Tron franchise, while the company’s E-drive electric powertrain provides fast acceleration with zero emissions.
Under the seat is a luggage compartment, accessed by sliding door. BMW has even incorporated two C-shaped tail-lights that hark back to the design of its current models.
Riders can access various information via a head-up display (HUD) and the large surface panel located below the handlebars.
BMW has dropped the traditional instrument cluster in favour of these new display technologies, which allow the most important information like speed, navigation and battery data to be projected into the rider’s line of sight.
Touch-sensitive buttons on the handlebars also allow the rider to access preferred and frequently-used functions without taking moving their hands of the handles.
Finally, the Motorrad Concept Link interacts with the rider’s equipment to improve safety, comfort and functionality.
An example of this is the luggage compartment door which can be opened via a motion on the arm of the rider’s jacket. Meanwhile, safety gear like shoulder and elbow protectors have been integrated into the rider’s coat to provide better protection but are not visible from the outset.
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