By Staff Writer
The BMW Group has unveiled its vision of zero-emission urban mobility on two wheels: the BMW Motorrad Concept Link at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017.
The electric scooter is inspired by the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, the design study unites digital connectivity with the demands of urban mobility on two wheels.
The new and emphatically function-driven architecture provides a high level of riding pleasure due to the E-drive.
The BMW Motorrad Concept Link is ideally suited to meet the requirements of modern urban mobility with fast acceleration and easy handling.
Inspired by the BMW Motorrad Vision NEXT 100, the BMW Motorrad Concept Link interprets the connection between rider, vehicle and the environment for urban use.
“It keeps the rider connected while riding, thereby expanding his mobile world by providing him with new opportunities. Among other things, the Concept vehicle knows what’s in the rider’s calendar and therefore his next destinations. As a result it can plan the fastest or most scenic route and even select the most suitable music if required.,” BMW said in a statement.
The focus is also on being able to enjoy the riding experience without any distractions.
The classic instrument cluster has been dropped. Instead, speed, navigation and battery information are projected onto the windshield directly into the rider’s field of vision.
Secondary information is displayed on the large-surface panel, which matches the design perfectly and is located below the handlebars.
The panel enables a large number of possible ways of interacting with the outside world and for communicating with other vehicles.
The touch sensitive surface of the large-size panel displays and controls extensive infotainment, connectivity and routing information. Freely programmable, touch-enabled buttons on the handlebars allow the rider to access preferred and frequently used functions without having to remove his hands from the handlebars.
On the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, the rider equipment is also connected to the vehicle.
To highlight this connection, a motion on the arm of the jacket opens and closes the sliding door of the luggage compartment.
A stitch on the arm signifies the active area. The rider wear is also a fashion statement and deliberately not recognisable as motorcycle gear. Light shoulder and elbow protectors have been integrated into the stylish short coat made of water-repellent loden cloth. However, they are not visible in the modern cut of the coat.
With the combination of the emission-free, dynamic drive, a new design language, connectivity and fashionable yet functional rider equipment, the BMW Motorrad Concept Link embodies BMW Motorrad’s understanding of the future of urban mobility.