Sunday, November 7, 2010

BMW Scooter C Concept 2011

As soon as the rider docks their phone and switches it on, the scooter is ready to ride. The smartphone serves as the vehicle’s key, display and central control element. The cockpit has a center speedo with a snap-in adapter that plugs into a smartphone. The E-scooter targets the younger generation with its unique integration of mobile devices for operation and entertainment. The electric scooter’s front fender and curved body, however, are cues more reminiscent of vintage Lambretta scooters.

The shape of its rear hand grip was made with the rear spoiler of the MINI Cooper S in mind. The view from the front is dominated by a big, round projector headlight similar to the MINI Countryman while the two taillights are mounted outside the rear wheel fairing in an upright position. Its features were created to maintain the same proportional balance as the popular car, from the size of the scoot in relation to its 11inch wheels to its small, round mirrors. Being touted as a great way to navigate heavily congested urban centers, it is a very compact step through design.

The MINI Scooter E Concept mirrors its four wheeled counterpart in many ways. The connecting cable is also neatly integrated into the rear of the MINI Scooter and its plug fits into any conventional three-pronged socket. The motor is powered by a lithium ion battery installed under the scooter’s seat that can be recharged at any conventional power socket using an on board charging cable.  The MINI Scooter E Concept is powered by an electric motor integrated into the rear wheel.

BMW Has Been Out 2011

We say go for it. Rumors indicate that BMW is seriously testing public reaction to the new concept and could put the bike into production in very short order if demand is there. Twin high-mount tailpipes, which do an excellent job of exposing the single sided swingarm, complete the look. Two projector style headlamps add some urban flair to the front of the bike while a single saddle seat marks the bike's minimalist design.

Up front, the traditional Bavarian Telelever fork has been replaced with a beefy USD telescopic fork holding twin wavy disc brakes. Introduced at the EICMA Show in Milan, the BMW LO Rider concept uses a variation of the standard Boxer theme, stripped down to its bare essentials. BMW could definitely fit into that category with its latest concept bike. Sure, placing a torque rich motor into a standard style frame isn't anything new, but bikes like the Moto Guzzi Griso, Suzuki B King and the latest Yamaha VMax prove that there is a revival in that particular niche.

Lately, though, there has been a new segment emerging, and it could be described as custom standards. The market shift towards ever larger engines was what prompted the German marque's withdraw, as the firm's latest Boxer engines just can't be bored or stroked nearly enough to compete with some of the V Twin behemoths that currently fill the market.  BMW has been out of the cruiser market since it stopped building its R 1200 C models a few years back.