Wouldn't That be Cool? A History of BMW Concept Bikes.
The concept bike is a time-honoured tradition from BMW Motorrad. It is an opportunity for designers and engineers to create something beautiful and pure, without the restrictions of funding, practicality, and environmental or sales concerns. And that’s why they’re so striking and cool. So, here is a brief summary of some of the most influential, cool or unusual concept motorcycles bearing the BMW roundel. Which is your favourite?
BMW CONCEPT BIKES
- BMW R7
- BMW C1
- BMW C1-E
- 2008 Lo-Rider
- 2009 BMW Concept Six
- BMW Concept C
- 2011 BMW C evolution
- Concept 90
- 2014 Concept Roadster
- Concept 101
- Concept Path 22
BMW R7BMW R7
The BMW R7 from 1934 is often called ‘the best BMW never made’.
BMW C1BMW C1
The BMW C1 from the late 1990s could have looked very different!
BMW C1-EBMW C1-E
BMW Motorrad’s early vision of an electric motorbike – the C1-E.
2008 Lo-Rider2008 Lo-Rider
The 2008 Lo-Rider concept was an owner-customisable roadster (sound familiar? The BMW R nineT followed in 2014).
2009 BMW Concept Six2009 BMW Concept Six
The 2009 BMW Concept Six was the first hint of an inline-6 motorcycle.
BMW Concept CBMW Concept C
The BMW Concept C from 2010 features rear-view cameras and electric-blue tyres.
2011 BMW C evolution2011 BMW C evolution
The 2011 BMW C evolution concept entered production a year after the Concept C, looking very similar.
Concept 90Concept 90
The Roland Sands-designed Concept 90 was inspired by the R 90 S superbike from the 1970s.
2014 Concept Roadster2014 Concept Roadster
The 2014 Concept Roadster was an exercise in minimalist design.
Concept 101Concept 101
The Concept 101 is BMW Motorrad's first cruiser-based concept
Concept Path 22Concept Path 22
The Concept Path 22 was unveiled at the Wheels 'n Waves festival in 2015.