The New BMW Motorbike Design Looks Like Something From 'Tron'
It's always terrifying, but equally exciting, when technology catches up with the minds of those who created sci-fi movies that are set in the future (highlighting the FICTIONAL part).
When it happens, a piece of me dies while getting incredibly enthusiastic all at the same time. It's like seeing your ex is dating a more defined version of yourself. You'll comes to terms with it eventually but always remember how life used to be before it evolved.
I believe the same can be said for automobile technology. The latest motorbike concept from BMW, for example, rinses all over any other motorbike concept that's come before it. In fact, it trashes over our society today in general as it looks almost identical to the motors in the Tron film.
The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 model was unveiled in an old airplane hangar in California.
It's all part of the Group's Vision Next series, which celebrates 100 years of the German brand. It's going above and beyond to come up with forward-looking concept vehicles from Rolls-Royce, Mini and BMW.
Video credit: YouTube/BMW Motorrad
The bike's design is said to have a self-balancing feature, which will keep it upright both when standing and in motion. It's so stable that the company says it will allow riders to ditch their helmets.
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It even comes with 'The Visor', which is worth buying the bike for by itself. The pair of glasses span the entire field of vision and are controlled by eye movements. They're correlated to return active feedback about the road's condition to the rider while adjusting the bike continuously depending on the rider's driving style. I want one, I want one, I want one!!
It also has a 'flexframe' that will allow the bike to turn without the joints found on today's motorcycles. The idea is that when a rider turns the handlebar, it will adjust the entire frame to change the direction of the bike. I want one, I want one, I want one!
Although it's massively futuristic, on closer inspection it also pays homage to the BMW brand in all the right places. For example, the black triangle shape of the frame combined with the white trim lines and classic boxer engine form are meant to evoke the 1923 R32, the first motorcycle BMW ever made. I want one, I want one, I...
Calm down, though, because you can't yet get your hands on the bike, no matter how much money you've got. Sadly, we will have to settle for being excited about this for a very long time. Until at least 2040, in fact. By which time, other than me being really old, the company plans to have a series of driverless systems within its cars.
Featured image credit: BMW Group
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