Motorrad Concept Link is light on detail but heavy on EV design
BMW has presented an updated version of its latest electric scooter motorbike. The BMW Motorrad Concept Link was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, and presents a glimpse into how the group sees its future offering of two-wheeled, electric “urban mobility.”
The Concept Link was first presented in October 2016, but the latest iteration puts more flesh on the bones.
Being a concept, BMW’s announcement made much of its design and form, but provided less information on potential specifications. BMW Motorrad head of design, Alexander Buckan commented on the “completely new design language,” used in its form, but there was no detail of motor power, or battery capacity.
However, it is worth exploring how the electric powertrain has allowed new flexibility. “The technical realities of electric drive – such as the flat energy packs in the underfloor and the compact drive on the rear wheel – allowed us to create a highly distinctive design which shapes a new segment.” Buckan added.
Electric drive means the bike is set lower than conventional scooters or motorcycles. The seat bench can be adjusted lengthwise to suit riders, and the arrangement of the motor also makes room for new storage space in the form of a luggage compartment in the centre section, underneath the seat bench. The rider can access it via a sliding door.
According to BMW, this seat can be adapted to suit different needs. “It can be either a sporty single-seater, a seat bench for two or anything in between,” the company notes.
The drive also features a reverse gear, uncommon in motorcycles, and should make it easier to park in city spaces.
The classic instrument cluster has been dropped, and instead a head-up display (HUD) shows speed, navigation and battery information projected onto the windshield into the rider’s field of vision. Secondary information is displayed on the large-surface panel, which matches the design perfectly and is located below the handlebars.
As with most new concepts, the Link is also set up with a number of connectivity options. Among other things, it will link with the rider’s calendar and destinations, and can plan routes accordingly.
It seems as though we’re unlikely to see the Concept Link glide past street corners in future, but its features are certainly things to look out for in future electric builds.