After showcasing a couple of concept cars showcasing BMW group's future plans, BMW Motorrad has now revealed a new futuristic motorcycle that aims to re-invent two-wheeled travel. Christened as 'The Great Escape', this bike aims to give an 'analogue experience in a digital world'. True to BMW's tradition, this bike also comes with a boxer-engine like powerplant which is a zero emissions unit. The details of the engine are scarce, though. Have a look at the concept:
As you can see from the above picture, the bike's design, especially the black triangle frame is an ode to BMW's first motorcycle, the R32 which was way back in 1923. The frame doesn't sport any cluttered joints that are normally found in bikes. Instead, it acts as a functional sculpture which links both the front and rear wheels. The frame itself helps the bike steer at both low and high speeds weighing-in accordingly. The powerplant also changes it's dimension according to the speed. When the bike is stationary, the engine is compact and extends outwards when it starts moving. Oh, and by the way, the bike is self- balancing. It could be a godsend for those who are new to learning the art of motorcycle riding. Another interesting thing is that the damping is apparently performed by the tires themselves. They are also capable of varying treads to suit the road conditions, thereby giving the optimum grip on all surfaces. There's also a digital companion which supplies real-time information about the environment. The information is displayed in the smart visor, on request. It shows relevant data in one of four designated display areas. These are controlled by the rider’s eye movements: looking up or down changes the content that appears, and looking straight ahead switches the information off completely, leaving the rider to focus even more fully on biking experience. I'm not sure if it'd work in Indian road conditions as we're busy seeing every freaking where for every freaking thing that's coming at you. The digital companion can also suggest ideal lines and ideal bank angles at turns while indicating the current line and banking angle as well. Looking upwards in the visor activates the rear-view function in the visor, allowing the rider to see what is going on on the road behind. Lowering the eyes to normal levels opens a menu from which the rider can select an option by pointing a finger. Looking further down opens the map view showing the rider’s chosen route. The riding gear is also equally futuristic. It cools or warms the rider depending on the environment. The sensors in the suit keep track of the wearer’s pulse rate and body temperature and provide the right level of heat or cold. The suit also delivers navigation instructions via the vibrating elements in the arms and legs, and alerts the rider when the banking angle is becoming critical. Apparently, this bike is so safe that the need to wear a helmet is effectively eliminated! Details of when it'd make to production are hazy but expect this bike to be launched in the next hundred years.