The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 stands for the ultimate riding experience. Liberated from the need to wear a helmet and protective clothing, the rider is able to enjoy the forces. Acceleration, wind and nature as in touch with the surrounding world, savouring every moment. The design of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 represents the essence of the motorcycle: the perfect synthesis between human and machine.
The female driver only wears a visor, which looks like a pair of glasses from the next century instead of a helmet. She stops and stands up from the seat, without taking either foot off the pegs. The vision bike presented at the "iconic impulses" exhibition. "The BMW Group Future Experience" that is celebrating its world premiere in Los Angeles, transports the viewer to the year 2130.
Designers are assuming that in 30 years, most vehicles will be driving around autonomously. Life is crammed up in cities and organized by means of digital services. More and more digitalised, more and more interconnected, more and more automated.
Body elements like the seat, the upper frame cover and the front-wheel cover are made of carbon. Two delicate red lights under the body serve as tail light and turn signal. The tyres have a damping function and actively adapt to the terrain.
A special engine is mounted in the middle of the frame. It is simultaneously a style element and a memory of things long past. In form and performance it resembles the traditional BMW Boxer engine, but houses the emission-free drive unit. Depending on the riding situation, the exterior shape of the opposed-twin engine changes. At a standstill, it lies tight.
As soon as you begin riding, the engine block protrudes out of the sides. In doing so, it optimises the aerodynamics and the motorcycle's weather protection during the ride.
A motorcycle doesn't need a stand. Not when assistance systems ensure perfect balance. Self-balancing enables the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 to remain stable both during the ride and at a standstill. This enhances safety for the driver.
Light fabrics instead of leathers and accessories. The rider apparel from BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 is a fashion statement and offers protection against wind and weather, thus contributing significantly to the overall driving experience.
The rider and motorcycle are engaged in a direct exchange. Relevant information is collected from the environment, which the visor - essentially data goggles that cover the driver's field of vision and block wind - projects directly into the driver's field of vision. If the rider looks straight ahead, no data is displayed, so as not to impinge on the riding experience. Only when action is required – for instance in case of hazards – or if the rider requests information, does the visor become active. In this case, the symbol of the digital companion appears in the lower third of the glasses.
The display is similar to that in an aircraft cockpit. It shows the current angle of lean and the ideal line. If there is any deviation, the rider can correct this. If the rider fails to react or does so too late, the motorcycle corrects itself.