BMW Concept Link is a sneak peek to our future mode of transportation

Article by Christian A., on May 28, 2017

One thing a lot of countries have in common is the increasing number of vehicles every year. As automotive companies come up with new vehicles every few months, people continue to upgrade their rides by purchasing new cars. This definitely does not help countries in terms of traffic. But one thing people are considering now to avoid being late for a meeting would be buying alternatives, in this case, that would be scooters or motorcycles since these are easier to drive around crowded streets.

So to tackle this issue, BMW came about with the new Concept Link from BMW Motorrad. The concept is not just like any other motorcycles - offering the agility of a motorcycle accompanied by the convenience only a car can give. Firstly, it is designed to give comfort to the riders, the Concept Link has a stretched body that is totally different from the current models of the company’s motorcycle division. The overall height is reduced which makes hopping on to the seats much easier. The seats are then finished in Liquid Metal Titanium and sits two passengers.

To say more about the seats, it’s not like your regular seat. It can be adjusted to cater to the rider’s needs. For instance, the bench can be configured so that the scooter only sits one person, but it can also be extended lengthwise to comfortably sit two people. These seats are functional too as underneath the bench is a spacious storage compartment that is also quite easy to access as it opens via a sliding door.

The scooter will have plenty of options for customization from exterior colours to windshield designs. The company took inspiration from the Vision NEXT 100 that we first saw late last year to show that the company has the potential to have its own motorcycle segment in the decades to come.

The Concept Link purely runs on electric power. Rather than a conventional instrument cluster, details like speed, battery information, and navigation will be displayed on the windshield instead. This means that there will be fewer distractions for the rider as he doesn’t need to shift his vision from one place to another, reducing the risk of accidents as well.

To access more information and the additional functions of the scooter, there sits a touch sensitive panel below the handlebars. These buttons are all programmable for the rider’s convenience. Also, he won’t have to take his hands off the handlebars to adjust the infotainment system.

So far, the company said that the Concept Link will not go into production. However, this is an indication of how future transportation will be like. The motorcycle is currently on display at the Concorso d’Elegenza Villa d’Este 2017 together with the new BMW 8 Series concept.

Press Release

BMW Motorrad Concept Link. The reinvention of urban mobility on two wheels.

At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, the BMW Group is presenting its vision of zero-emission urban mobility on two wheels: the BMW Motorrad Concept Link. Inspired by the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, the design study unites digital connectivity with the demands of urban mobility on two wheels. It treads new paths and moves beyond established conventions both with regard to design and technology.

“The BMW Motorrad Concept Link 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. 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.” explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design of BMW Motorrad.

Design as a distinguishing and segment-defining feature.

The special character of the concept vehicle becomes clear right away thanks to the completely new design language. “The BMW Motorrad Concept Link is not based on today’s concepts, but rather meets the basic functionality needs, the technical architecture and the digital reality of today’s users. The technical realities of electric drive – such as the flat energy packs in the underfloor and the compact drive on the rear wheel – allowed us to create a highly distinctive design which shapes a new segment. The resulting expressive power of the vehicle is absolutely new for BMW Motorrad and breaks with all conventional viewing patterns.” explains Alexander Buckan, Head of Vehicle Design at BMW Motorrad.

The low-slung, stretched body and the flat seat combined with the diagonally rising front section create a modern yet distinctive silhouette. The use of colours emphasises this even further: the front trim in Liquid Metal Titanium contrasts with the semi-matt black body. The colours are oriented diagonally which underlines the dynamic potential of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link.

Tailor-made for the requirements of urban mobility.

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. Due to its low overall height, getting on is easy from the side or even from the back. A reverse gear ensures that it is easy to manoeuvre, making it ideal to park in tight city spaces.

The seat bench can be adjusted lengthwise to suit every preference. The proportions also make room for new storage space. In the centre section, underneath the seat bench, a luggage compartment offers versatile storage opportunities. The rider can access this quickly and easily at all times using a sliding door. With its new architecture, the BMW Motorrad Concept Link combines riding pleasure and functionality in an ideal way.

Clear shapes and modern technology.

Taking a closer look, clear lines, large-area surfaces and simple, precise shapes emphasise the state-of-the-art look of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link. The two-tone colour design reinforces this further. A large matt black area, the technical heart, shapes the core of the concept. It stretches from the front to the rear, and in addition to the tyres and front lights, also integrating the drive unit and the suspension elements. The two iconic LEC front lights are characterised by minimalist design. Their clear-cut layout and the slim contours accentuate the modern and trail-blazing visual appeal of the front section.

The powerfully expressive contours of the side panels framing the dark core of the vehicle, optimise aerodynamics and also provide protection against wind and weather. The sides of the wheels are completely covered, underscoring the contemporary overall visual appeal.

The BMW Motorrad Concept Link also deliberately showcases the technology used as part of the design package. That is why the side panels don’t completely cover the side section at the rear. Instead they stretch across the vehicles side like little wings allowing views of the technical elements like drive unit, cooling ribs, single-sided swing arm, spring strut and tooth belt. At the same time they help improve aerodynamic air flow.

The iconic rear lights have been integrated into the rear side panels in the form of two C-shaped light elements.

Deliberate contrasts and numerous individualisation options.

Contrasts are deliberately played on in conjunction with the clear shapes of the BMW Concept Link to give it a powerful and impressive appearance. The orange-coloured cables connecting battery pack and drive on the right side are highly contrasting in appearance and make a clear and self-assured statement. Their diameter already hints at the power in the drive unit.

The seat bench also makes both a functional and visually powerful statement, the flat seat area being kept separate from the vehicles body. This emphasises the lightness of the side view thereby highlighting the agile and easy handling. The seat bench allows views of the aluminium structure within.

It can be adapted to suit different needs in numerous ways. It can be either a sporty single-seater, a seat bench for two or anything in between giving the concept vehicle a distinctive visual and functional character.

Further customisation options, such as side panels in different colours or different windshields, allow the rider to express his personality, making the BMW Motorrad Concept Link the ideal companion for any situation.

Connecting rider, vehicle and environment.

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.

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 is 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.

Intelligent rider equipment.

The interaction between vehicle and rider wear holds great potential with regard to rider safety, comfort, functionality and riding experience. 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.

Source: BMW
Topics: bmw, scooter, concept

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

This is not your ordinary motorcycle. It doesn’t even look like a typical motorcycle. After all, this is an electric motorcycle or e-bike and it came all the way from...
by - January 31, 2017
Auto designers Artem Smirnov and Vladimir Panchenko aren’t from Japan. In fact, Smirnov is from Minsk, Belarus while Panchenko is from Kharkiv, Ukraine. Despite their distances, Smirnov and Panchenko were...
by - January 20, 2017
It looks so dynamic and futuristic that you may think that it is just a wild concept. But the new Vanguard Roadster is actually a radical production motorcycle designed by...
by - December 14, 2016
Marine Turbine Technologies, a design, engineering and manufacturing company based in Southern Louisiana, was at the 2016 Big Boys Toys Luxury, Innovations and Technology Expo at the Abu Dhabi National...
by - November 28, 2016
BMW Motorrad gives us a glimpse of the future with its latest experimental vehicle – the eRR -- made possible with the efforts of the Technical University of Munich. Some...
by - November 18, 2015
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries