BMW was always ahead of the pack when it comes to innovative technologies and this is one of the secrets behind its success. The company has revealed yet another two wheel project which combines ecological sustainability with the highest level of riding dynamics.
The new concept is fully electric and is powered by an ultra efficient motor. Thanks to the innovative arrangement of the electric motor, power electronics and batteries, the motorcycle is able to be very agile and offers a sharp handling.
Moreover, BMWi High Voltage Technology gives the Concept E the ability to reward its rider with a pretty lively acceleration which is comparable with the one offered by a scooter powered by combustion engine.
Like most of today’s electric motorcycles, the Concept E is also offered with an energy regeneration system which reuses the energy lost during braking. Thanks to this useful system and the capable battery pack, the Concept E offers a maximum riding range of up to 100 km.
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Due to their practicality and efficiency the single track vehicles have a bright future. The fundamental benefits offered by the two-wheelers are obvious. They do not take up much space, they have low emission levels and are fuel-efficient and very flexible as well.
BMW knows these facts very well and its engineers are continuously working to develop new models and technologies for the future. One of the latest two wheel projects presented by the German manufacturer is the Concept C. The new concept shows what mobility of the future could look like.
The Concept C features a highly complex monolever mechanism with hollowed-out shaft connected to a suspension strut visible from the outside. There is also a twin disc brake at the front which features two radial brake callipers and a single disc brake at the rear. Not to mention about the BMW Motorrad ABS which further enhances safety.
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Yamaha is working on its first electric bike and has already revealed the first details. The new model has the potential to raise the standards of e-bikes higher than ever as it could be the first one that shows how stability and efficiency can be joined together in one motorcycle.
The new Yamaha EC-Miu Electric Concept uses two wheels in the back and one wheel on the front, so we can expect to perfect balance and stability. The company says that the concept was designed especially for women and puts safety and ergonomics on the first place.
The Yamaha EC-Miu Electric Concept can be recharged using the same G-Station charging stations used by any regular electric motorcycle. The Yamaha EC-Miu Electric Concept is also equipped with Wi-Fi capability which will help the riders use smartphone-based navigation and telematics services.
The Yamaha EC-Miu Electric Concept has made its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in November 2011.
The Benelli PEPE 50 Classic 2T was built with efficiency in mind. The scooter is ideal for urban streets thanks to its compact dimensions, easy maneuverability and the low fuel consumption.
Built on a strong, but lightweight frame, the PEPE 50 Classic 2T is ready to reward you with a fun riding experience every time you fire up the engine. You’ll also like the 220 mm-diameter front disc brake which is paired with a twin-piston caliper. The rear wheel is kept in check by a drum brake.
The Benelli PEPE 50 Classic 2T is propelled by a two-stroke, single cylinder, air cooled engine with a displacement of 49,0 cm³.
As far as design goes, the Pepe Classic can be easily recognized thanks to its elegant lines and the numerous chromed inserts. The scooter sits on relatively big 16 inch wheels and features a convenient 770 mm seat height.
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The first thing that strikes when you first see the Benelli Macis for the first time is its unique design approach. The attractive design of the scooter is underlined by a dynamic windshield and a slim lined tail. These two elements are combined with a sporty luggage rack and a pair of tasty 16 inch wheels. Furthermore you also get an aluminum handlebar and a pretty comfortable seat.
The 2013 Macis is available in two versions. The first is powered by a 125 cc engine while the second comes with a stronger 150 cc unit. Both engines feature two-valve timing system and liquid cooling.
The Macis 124 and 150 models are offered with a long list of standard accessories which includes a top case kit, under-seat storage and disc brakes for both wheels. It also worthy of being mentioned that there are three color options available namely black, white and red.
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The Benelli Velvet 125 and 150 models feature an attractive classic style, a well designed chassis and modern technologies. Power comes from a 4-stroke air-cooled single- cylinder engine with 2-valve timing system. The unit develops a maximum output of 11.4 HP and 10,5 Nm (1,1 kgm) @ 6500 rpm (for the 150 version). To keep the engine under controlled, the stopping power is handled by a set of two discs which measure 241 mm in front and 220 mm at the rear.
The company says that its new scooter is ideal for city driving because is light, compact and offers a good handling. You also get a pretty decent ride quality assured by a front hydraulic telescopic fork and a double hydraulic rear dumper. The new Velvet 125 and 150 models come with a matching rear top case and are available in either black or white.
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The new Benelli X 125 and 150 scooters draw inspiration from Benelli’s sport bikes that managed to earn a pretty good reputation in the world of motorcycle racing. Both models received a modern design language which inspires dynamism and sportiness. The sporty design of the scooters is underlined by aggressive lines of the front fairing that protrudes out onto the front tyre. We also like the aggressive-looking tunnel and the sporty fuel tank.
Benelli’s engineers have spent a lot of time to develop a perfect riding position. Thereby, the handlebars and seats were carefully designed to offer a comfortable position.
The scooters sit on 12 inch aluminium alloy rims shod in 120/70 – 12 tyres. The wheels are combined with a pretty capable suspension which consists of a front hydraulic telescopic fork and a rear double hydraulic dumper.
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The Benelli Pepe 50 4T / 2T is a pretty unique looking scooter powered by a reliable 4 stroke single cylinder engine.
Its sporty design is underlined by the aerodynamic shield which comes with a headlight set into the centre, an unconventional central section and clear-cut around the tail. You also get a comfortable seat, generous footrests, 16 inch wheels and chromed rear view mirrors.
The modern 2-valve air-cooled single-cylinder engine is mounted on a split single cradle frame made of high-strength tubular steel. The rigid structure of the frame improves the scooter’s stability, directional precision and agility. On the other hand, the ride quality is assured by a front hydraulic fork and a rear shock absorber.
The Benelli Pepe’s braking system consists of a front 220 mm disc with twin-piston caliper and a rear 140 mm drum.
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The Benelli Caffenero was created for those who search for an efficient and fast way of moving around the city streets. The Caffenero has the same size as a medium powered scooter, hence it’s pretty comfortable and safe. You also get a long saddle which offers plenty of space for two adults. Under the saddle you’ll find a lockable storage place which can be used to store various items. Additionally the Caffenero is also offered with a standard luggage rack ready for installation of a top case kit.
The bike sits on relativelly big 16” wheels which are fitted with front and rear disc brakes. Power comes from a 4-stroke, liquid-cooled single cylinder engine with two-valve timing system. The unit cranks out 9,6 kW (13 Cv) @ 7500 rpm and 13,3 Nm (1,35 kgm) of torque @ 6000 rpm.
The instrument cluster is fitted with a large rev counter, speedometer (with odometer), fuel level, cooling liquid temperature lights, high beam light, turn indicator lights and a even a digital clock.
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The 2013 Benelli Zenzero 350 is a decent choice for those who are searching for a medium sized scooter that’s able to deal well with both long journeys and urban traffic.
The Zenzero was designed with efficiency in mind and is powered by a compact single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine equipped with electronic injection. The engine has a 313 cc displacement and delivers 15,4 kW (21 Cv) @ 7000 rpm and 23,7 Nm (2,4 kgm) of torque @ 6000 rpm.
The scooter is fitted with 16 inch front and 15 inch rear wheels which are fitted with two 256 brake discs. The wheels are combined with a 35 mm front fork and two rear shock absorbers which offer a pretty forgivable suspension.
The Benelli Zenzero 350 is offered with a choice of two colors namely white and dark grey.
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