June 28, 2019 By C! Magazine Staff

BMW Motorrad releases its electric naked bike concept

BMW Motorrad ditches fuel engine to Vision DC Roadster

As the BMW Group consistently pursues electrification, the company has introduced the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster, a highly-emotional naked bike powered with an electric engine.

The BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster retains the iconic appearance of the brand’s two-cylinder boxer engine and at the same time filling it with electric technology. Instead of a fuel-powered engine, it is now replaced with a vertically-fitted longitudinally-oriented battery, which will be equipped with cooling ribs and integrated ventilators.

The cylinder-shaped electric motor is positioned underneath the battery and is directly connected to the universal shaft. The BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster thus demonstrates a clever drive architecture that visually echoes the history of BMW Motorrad.

In the side view, the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster presents a highly dynamic gesture with clear front-wheel orientation. The low front section and the short, high rear convey a sense of agility.

Instead of the fuel tank, a flat, finely-wrought tubular structure spans the vehicle corpus. Its further shaping integrates the seat in a modern form, thereby creating the fly line of a sporty roadster. The frame structure is a key factor in defining the dynamic side view.

The BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster has a flat U-shaped LED running daylight and two compact LED lenses on each side to provide the high and low beam. The rear consists of two C-shaped LED lights that are integrated with the aluminum rear carrier for a minimalist look.

On the flanks of the tires exclusively made by Metzeler for the Vision Bike, five fluorescent elements, each about the size of a postage stamp, are integrated. They combine innovative design with safety aspects: standing and moving, the lighting elements create an exciting graphic effect. In the darkness, they increase the visibility from the side and thus providing more security.

The BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster also comes with a functional two-piece suit that won’t be instantly recognized as protective clothing. It combines fashion sense and driver-oriented functionalities.

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