BMW Motorrad is looking to expand its motorcycle inventory to include the big capacity scooter. This product segment will first give rise to two innovative premium scooters with internal combustion engines. In addition, a future alternative drive with electric motor is under scrutiny.
BMW intends to combine the handling of a motorcycle with the agility and comfort of a scooter into the machines that will be manufactured at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin.
With the Concept C study, BMW is embarking on a new path. The C stands for "commuter" and is in recognition of the traffic development in urban areas.
When unveiling its Concept C at EICMA in Milan, the big scooter should be recognizable as a member of the BMW Motorrad family. For instance, it has the typical "split face" extending from the front silhouette to the front wheel cover. And similar to the S 1000 RR superbike, Concept C also features a twin-tipped front spoiler.
Unlike the L-shaped profile presented by most big scooters, Concept C has a more sporty shape. The body lines sweep up to the rear, underscoring this big scooter's active character. The high rear section emphasizes the lightness and agility of Concept C's powerful two-cylinder engine. Sportiness and dynamism are also underscored by the sporty windshield.
The functional side of this scooter is expressed in stylish design elements, such as the aluminum-look of the bash plates with the air intake adopted from the BMW GS.
The black chrome of the suspension and frame parts contrast with the aluminum chrome, silver and blue paint on the body parts. In addition, there are also satin-black sections on the central area. The fine details, such as the fuel tank cover, are reminiscent of an aircraft.
Concept C presents innovative solutions for this market, such as the monolever suspension mechanism with hollow shaft connected to a suspension strut visible from the outside. It also has a superbike-style upside-down front fork.
The twin disc brake at the front features two radial calipers, with a single disc at the rear and BMW ABS to provide maximum safety during braking.
The new, two-cylinder inline engine is operated by a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for greater flexibility and ease of use.
An LED headlamp appears up front, while conventional rearview mirrors have been replaced on Concept C by two video cameras in the rear. These record the area behind the vehicle and transfer the images to two LCD monitors in the cockpit. Road speed, RPM and other data appear on a third LCD display in the center of the cockpit. However, it's unlikely the production model will have the rearview cameras.
As is typical of the big scooter segment, stowage space is important and Concept C will come with a range of rider equipment.