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.