BMW Motorrad has given us another glimpse of the future with its latest two-wheeled vehicle, the Concept Link. Debuted at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, the Concept Link takes urban mobility to the next level, connecting rider and machine like never before.
Well, it’s not entirely unprecedented. BMW Motorrad followed a similar pattern last October when it revealed its VISION NEXT 100 motorcycle, which also sought to redefine such a connection.
Here’s how BMW Motorrad Head of Design Edgar Heinrich explains the Concept Link in a company PR:
“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 his mobility needs. In the way it links functionality and digitalization it performs both as a means of transport as well as a communication device. For me the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, with its timeless and reduced style, is more than a concept – it is rather a symbol for a new era.”
That new era includes emissions conscious E-drive power and sophisticated technological elements. These include instrument panel information displayed directly onto the inside of the windshield in lieu of a traditional instrument cluster. It’s touch sensitive also. The Concept Link will tap into your digital profile and learn your schedule and habits, and when pertinent offer suggestions on the quickest routes to your next engagement or a playlist to suit the mood.
With the corresponding gear, riders will be able to do things like open the sliding door luggage compartment with a mere move of the arm.
The design is intended to highlight the technological sophistication of the machine, and to provide a modern, unique aspect. BMW would also provide extensive customization options for riders to make the Concept Link fit their specific needs.
“The BMW Motorrad Concept Link is not based on today’s concepts, but rather meets the basic functionality needs, the technical architecture and the digital reality of today’s users. The technical realities of electric drive – such as the flat energy packs in the underfloor and the compact drive on the rear wheel – allowed us to create a highly distinctive design which shapes a new segment. The resulting expressive power of the vehicle is absolutely new for BMW Motorrad and breaks with all conventional viewing patterns,” says Alexander Buckan, Head of Vehicle Design at BMW Motorrad, in the release.
This would definitely be a luxurious scooter, and it’s intriguing to imagine what life would be with such an intuitive machine.