BMW’s future vision of an uncrashable motorcycle


The Vision Next 100 is the German company’s idea of the future of biking. This electric-powered bike does away with a traditional headstock and forks, instead using a flexible frame. There’s no suspension – the tyres will provide the damping, while adjusting their tread pattern to suit the conditions.

An automatic balancing system will promise perfect stability, while keeping the bike upright even when stopped. Apparently there’s no need for a helmet either (as you’ll never crash), a pair of glasses providing a head-up display controlled by the rider’s eye movements. It’ll even tell you the ideal line to follow into a corner. If the rider doesn’t follow the line the bike suggests, it’ll correct itself.

A matching suit won’t need to offer and protection, but it will regulate its temperature, and inflate around the neck at higher speeds to provide support.

“Motorcycling is about escaping from the everyday: the moment you straddle your bike, you are absolutely free. Your bike is The Great Escape,” said Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad. While we embrace new technology here at MSL, we’re more keen to enjoy the brilliant bikes we have now!

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