The Star/Asia News Network
MUNICH – BMW is going down the road of big scooters.
This new product segment will first give rise to two innovative premium scooters with internal combustion engines. But BMW is also exploring a future alternative drive with electric motor.
BMW is promising that its new product will combine the outstanding handling of the motorcycle with the particular agility and comfort of a scooter. There are plans to make these future production vehicles at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin.
The company is showing off its Concept C (the C stands for Commuter) at the ongoing EICMA motorcycle fair in Milan, which runs from Nov 2-7.
Concept C will still be recognizable as a member of the BMW Motorrad family. For instance, it also presents the so-called “split face”, a visual tripartite of dynamic response extending from the front silhouette to the front wheel cover and beyond. In the style of highly sporty BMW Motorrad models, such as the S 1000 RR, Concept C also features a twin-tipped front spoiler.
Unlike the L-shaped side view presented up to now by big scooters, with their vertical body lines and color scheme, Concept C’s body lines sweep up to make for a high rear section.
The functional side of this scooter is expressed in stylish design elements, such as the aluminum look of the bash plates with the air intake adopted from the BMW GS.
Concept C has a complex monolever mechanism with a hollowed-out shaft connected to a suspension strut visible from the outside. In this study, front-wheel control takes the form of an upside down fork.
The twin disc brake at the front features two radial brake calipers, while the rear has a single disc brake. Together with the ABS, they are designed to ensure maximum safety in braking maneuvers.
The scooter is driven by a new, two-cylinder inline engine linked to a CVT (continuously variable transmission).
The LED headlamp is integrated into the face paneling and there’s no rear view mirrors. Instead, the scooter has two video cameras in the rear. These record the area behind the vehicle and transfer the images to two LCD monitors in the cockpit within view of the rider.
The road speed, engine speed, and other data appear on a third LCD display integrated at the centre of the cockpit.
The scooter will also include a generous stowage space.
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