BMW Motorrad's idea of a Tron bike doesn't require a helmet, because the motorcycle simply won't crash.
Created to celebrate the company’s centenary, the Vision Next 100 from BMW Motorrad follows three namesake concepts released by the core brand Rolls-Royce and Mini earlier in the year. As you would imagine, the concept takes the shape of an all-electric motorcycle with a sleek and curvaceous body.
Not only does it look great, but the shape is very aerodynamic to improve efficiency and performance. Take, for example, the metal reflector integrated into the frame above the front wheel. It hosts two U-shaped vertical elements serving as the daytime running lights and also doubling as a wind deflector to optimize air flow. Even the engine extends outwards when the motorcycle sets off to enhance aerodynamics. To further boost efficiency, many of the motorcycle’s parts - such as the seat, upper frame cover, and the wings - have been manufactured by BMW from carbon fibre as a way to slash weight.
But what’s really interesting is that it doesn’t necessitate the use of a helmet or protective clothing, thus effectively being a crash-proof motorcycle. Sure, it’s only a concept for now, but BMW Motorrad is envisioning a bright and distant future when self-balancing capabilities (like the C-1 from Lit Motors) and a plethora of active assistance systems will create a motorcycle capable of predicting “critical situations” to keep the rider safe at all times.
Dubbed “The Great Escape,” the futuristic motorcycle comes bundled with a high-tech visor allowing the wearer to access important details in one of the four designated display areas – all of which are controlled by the rider’s eye movements. The visor also has a built-in rear-view function that automatically kicks in once the rider looks upwards.
As impressive as it may be, the Vision Next 100 from BMW Motorrad is only a concept and it will remain that way for a very long time. After all, the concept serves as a motorcycle proposal for the year 2116.