BMW has unveiled a new concept motorcycle in Los Angeles this week in the form of the BMW Vision Next 100 which is one of the few new concepts that BMW is pushing around, while imagining what transportation will look like over the next 30 years.
The BMW Vision Next 100 Motorcycle has been designed to provide a zero emissions bike and has a very unique flexible frame which changes shape to allow for steering, while a rider turns the handle bars the entire frame of the bike will flex its shape.
The Autoblog writes :
The Vision Next 100 concepts from Mini, Rolls-Royce, and BMW have been as sci-fi as automotive futurism gets, with the Rolls being particularly radical from an aesthetic perspective. But the Motorrad concept is radical in terms of how it changes the fundamentals of motorcycling – from concerns about safety to the mechanics of the riding experience itself. Like the other Vision Next 100 concepts, don’t assume that this is a serious proposal for a production-ready bike utilizing these systems, but rather a purely theoretical look at what might be.
Flexibility is something that motorcycle designers usually try to avoid in frames, so it’s a unconventional solution. The upshot is that there are no joints or bearings involved in steering, or in the suspension. You’ll note there’s no swingarm, or anything recognizable as a spring or damper. That’s because the tires act as the bike’s suspension. Combine this all with active self-balancing and a suite of active traction and stability aids, and BMW thinks that this future bike will never fall over.
That improbable stability is why BMW also thinks the rider won’t need a helmet or armor. Since it’ll never crash, what’s the point? This precludes any accidents unavoidable by the safety systems onboard, but sure, let’s play along. The special suit and visor that the rider will wear are mainly there for information and comfort. The suit will heat and cool the rider as needed, but the trick stuff happens in the visor display. By tracking eye movements, it will provide information about the bike, the route, and more interactive driver aids as well.