BMW ‘Vision Next 100’ is a series of futuristic and super high-tech concepts born from the Bavarese company. It includes new technologies, materials and digital assistants, now the BMW Group has rounded off its quartet of centenary celebrations by reinventing the motorbike.
The main thing is that it’s impossible to tip over, despite sticking with the traditional layout of two wheels and an engine between your legs. What BMW calls “active assistance systems of the future” automatically balance the motorbike if they detect an obstacle is imminent (or maybe, the rider can still fall off and watch their bike ride happily into the sunset). BMW doesn’t go into any more detail than that, but we can deduct that, like in a Segway, the motorbike utlizes giroscopic sensors, keeping it standing on two wheels. Speaking of wheels, the tyres are fitted with a “variable tread” system, so no need to swap between slicks and knobblies, there’s grip texture on track and wet roads.
Also, the steering system is not focused only on the front tire as every model produced until now. This ‘Flexframe’ allows the bike to turn the handlebars and the entire frame articulates to change direction providing more resistance at high speeds, as less for slower manoeuvres. The flowing bodywork is covered in a matt black fabric, while the bike’s central spine and seat unit are carbon fibre.
Information details is fed to a smart visor that provides wind protection (there’s no need for a full helmet, apparently, given the bike’s self-correcting tech) and shows relevant data in four designated display areas. What you see with the visor depends on your eye movements, so if you look straight ahead you’re free to concentrate on the road, if you look up you get a feed from the rear view mirror or look down and you can check your maps and select functions by prodding your finger on the virtual projections. The digital system can even deliver the optimum speed and banking angle for an approaching corner.
So what do you think? It's just a prototype but it seems that future motorbikes are going fully digital and probably totally electric powered, will you prefer this to loud gas engines and the total control of your bike?