BMW unveils its latest concept motorcycle

The BMW Motorrad Concept Link is designed to meet the requirements of modern urban travellers

Tech Desk May 27, 2017
The concept vehicle follows the recent global push towards zero emissions featuring an all-electric design. PHOTO: BMW

German car maker BMW has unveiled a new zero-emission concept bike called the Motorrad Concept Link.

Inspired by the company’s Motorrad Vision Next 100, the design study unites digital connectivity with the demands of urban mobility on two wheels.

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"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 their mobility needs. In the way it links functionality and digitalisation it performs both as a means of transport as well as a communication device.” said Edgar Heinrich, the head of design at BMW Motorrad.


The concept vehicle follows the recent global push towards zero emissions featuring an all-electric design. However, the technical architecture meets basic functionality needs of today’s users. BMW has fitted energy packs in the underfloor and the compact drive on the rear wheel which the company says shapes a new segment.


“The BMW Motorrad Concept Link is ideally suited to meet the requirements of modern urban mobility with fast acceleration and easy handling,” the company said.


The new concept also borrows heavily from BMW’s Motorrad Vision Next 100, including the feature to connect the rider with the bike. The feature helps the vehicle keeps track of the rider’s destination and route so that they can focus on being able to enjoy the riding experience without any distractions.


The Motorrad Concept Link comes with a smart jacket that connects the rider to the vehicle and allows them to control it. For instance, a motion on the arm of the jacket can open and close the sliding door of the vehicle's luggage compartment.

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“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,” says BMW.

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