Wouldn't That be Cool? A History of BMW Concept Bikes.

Some of the most influential, cool and unusual concepts to bear the BMW roundel.

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 R7
    BMW R7

    The BMW R7 from 1934 is often called ‘the best BMW never made’.

  • BMW C1
    BMW C1

    The BMW C1 from the late 1990s could have looked very different! 

  • BMW C1-E
    BMW C1-E

    BMW Motorrad’s early vision of an electric motorbike – the C1-E.

  • 2008 Lo-Rider
    2008 Lo-Rider

    The 2008 Lo-Rider concept was an owner-customisable roadster (sound familiar? The BMW R nineT followed in 2014). 

  • 2009 BMW Concept Six
    2009 BMW Concept Six

    The 2009 BMW Concept Six was the first hint of an inline-6 motorcycle. 

  • BMW Concept C
    BMW Concept C

    The BMW Concept C from 2010 features rear-view cameras and electric-blue tyres. 

  • 2011 BMW C evolution
    2011 BMW C evolution

    The 2011 BMW C evolution concept entered production a year after the Concept C, looking very similar.

  • Concept 90
    Concept 90

    The Roland Sands-designed Concept 90 was inspired by the R 90 S superbike from the 1970s.

  • 2014 Concept Roadster
    2014 Concept Roadster

    The 2014 Concept Roadster was an exercise in minimalist design.

  • Concept 101
    Concept 101

    The Concept 101 is BMW Motorrad's first cruiser-based concept

  • Concept Path 22
    Concept Path 22

    The Concept Path 22 was unveiled at the Wheels 'n Waves festival in 2015.


So, which of these concept bikes is your favourite? And which would you most like to see in production?

Or maybe there's something you'd like to see BMW Motorrad build for the next concept bike?

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