BMW Motorrad’s brand new wireless charging solution patented
The future of personal transportation is heading down the path of electrification. As more EVs begin to hit the streets, the challenge of charging convenience will become paramount to the consumer, and as a matter of fact, it already has. Charging your electric motorcycle means having to pull out a cord physically, and plug-in to your machine for hours together. This might not be the most convenient way to do that.
BMW Motorrad has probably come up with a more natural way to do this, and the technology is not particularly new even. Remember wireless charging your smartphone on a charging pad?
BMW’s new “Big boxer” engine unboxed
After showcasing the R18 cruiser and the R18/2 performance cruiser at the recently concluded EICMA show, the Bavarian chaps have unveiled more details of the beautiful new Boxer engine, christened the “Big Boxer.”
Running point on the classic future of BMW – the R 18s’, this Boxer Engine replaces the 1,649cc in-line 6 of the K 1600 series to become the biggest displacement engine from the German guys. And doing so, it also becomes the largest twin-cylinder engine by BMW, and also the biggest flat-twin ever produced. Here are some of the specs revealed to us:
BMW showcases its first autonomous motorcycle
Last year, BMW Motorrad showcased its Vision Next 100, a motorcycle that is an entirely radical concept of the traditional machine on two wheels today. It is a self-balancing motorcycle that makes the side stand become mundane and mute. It promises to enhance the stability of the motorcycle when on the move and also balances the bike when in stationery.
Now, the German chaps have made a motorcycle that starts its engine on its own, recognizes bends, accelerate and brake all on its own. After more than a couple of years of research, development and testing, graduate engineer Stefan Hans and his team revealed their autonomous BMW R 1200 GS at the BMW Motorrad Techday 2018.
BMW finds a cheaper way to manufacture carbon-fiber
The HP4 is an exemplary showcase of cutting-edge technology, exotic materials, skilled craftsmanship, design, and creativity. This tells us all about the experience, skillset and state-of-the-art know-how the folks at BMW have that make them rise above and beyond. Alas, all of this asks a hefty $78,000 affordable by just 1% of mankind.
Now, the same folks bring you an affordable way for the rest of the 99% to get all that carbon-fiber on to your motorcycle. And doing so, they have just received the 2018 JEC Innovation Award in the Leisure & Sports category for the development and manufacture of a rear swinging arm made of carbon fiber.
The Watkins M001
It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s the Watkins M001.
A unique concoction by a Polish engineer, Jack Watkins, this machine on two wheels is the result of nine long years of sweat and blood. Jack’s brains were wound up by the extreme engineering he saw on another custom motorcycle built by Stellan Egeland back in 2009 - a BMW Harrier that had the hub-center steering design.
Fast forward to 2018, Jack managed to complete his vision of the funky front-end onto a bespoke metal plate chassis and bodywork built around a 2002 air-cooled BMW R1150RT engine. Luckily, he had the folks of Moto Spec in Gdańsk to help him set up his first ever build in their workshop. It is nothing short of an inter-galactic spaceship ready to take on the planet.
BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100
BMW is not some run of the mill company. It has one of the most prestigious history books, and for nearly a century, they have been making impeccable products that beam innovation and technological acumen. Started as an aircraft engine manufacturer, BMW started manufacturing two-wheelers in 1923 with the R32 that made use of the iconic flat-twin boxer configuration engine.
100 years down the line, BMW Motorrad still uses this boxer engine to power the finest of the finest motorcycles. To commemorate this heritage, BMW has offered us a sneak at how its next 100 years is going to be by showcasing the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 at the “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience” exhibition in Los Angeles.
After giving us saliva bubbles with its vision of the future through the MINI, Rolls-Royce and the BMW concepts, BMW now gives us the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, a motorcycle that is an entirely radical concept of the traditional machine on two wheels today. Almost like being officiated at the altar of Utopia, this is “the essence of motorcycling and a symbol of the ultimate riding experience of the future” according to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
The Digimoto. Showing how future motorcycles should be built
A Munich-based industrial designer who goes by the name Christian Zanzotti has come out with his latest motorcycle creation using a newfangled piece of technology, virtual reality.
What Zanzotti has done is, take a brand new BMW R1200R and dismantle it back to its iconic boxer engine and parts of the frame. Using Virtual Reality-prototyping and state-of-the-art production methods, he, along with his project partners GRAYDEV. and Wunderlich, the world’s largest BMW premium motorcycle outfitter, has assembled a futuristic motorcycle that manifests as a fused element of both man and machine.
Automatic transmission is on the prowl
Automatic vs. Manual has been a hot debate for the four-wheeler segment ever since the first automatic car was born in 1940 by General Motors’ Cadillac. And now, it seems like it will create similar situations in the two-wheeler segment as well. Or would it?
Honda has been at the forefront of new technology and has heavily invested into bringing automatic transmission to everyday motorcycles. It has been a pioneer in developing new forms of gear and clutch designs and is vying to change the dimensions of free riding, starting with the scooters all the way to the mighty Gold-Wing.
Every other major player has their own versions of the same having different acronyms but ultimately does the same job. It seems the manual transmission is well on its slide into obsolescence within the automotive world. And the ones responsible are these folks:
The BMW R 1200 Hover Bike Concept - From Fiction to Reality?
“If man can dream it, man can build it...eventually.” These were my father’s words to me when, after seeing Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back on the big screen, I asked if any of that was real or even possible. (I was seven years old, gimme a break.) Perhaps someone at the Bayerische Motoren Werke had a similar experience? LEGO has long been partnered with BMW to make block kits that reproduce real-world motorcycles through its unique medium, but it’s the visionary Hover Ride concept model that really has Beemer’s engineers, and the rest of us, all abuzz. The factory was excited enough to go to the trouble and expense of actually putting together a real-life-scale concept vehicle, and in the process, it even took steps to make it somewhat plausible. After all, what drives imagination more than fiction with a certain amount of suspension of disbelief?
Continue reading for more on the BMW Hover Bike.
BMW Motorrad’s instrument panel is getting an amazing new interface.
They say competition is healthy. It brings the best out of each and everyone in the race and luckily for us, automotive manufacturers are looking for more than just brute power and performance to give the rider an experience he would never get elsewhere. The race to the top is getting more fearsome every passing day and the manufacturers are pulling out every little trick they have up their sleeves to make their product stand out from the rest.
BMW Motorrad is at the forefront of imagination, innovation and technology and proof of that is their latest instrument dashboard on their new generation motorcycles. Made up of a newfound technology known as the thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT LCD), the unit provides in for a far more intuitive rider interface that improves image qualities such as addressability and contrast compared to the standard LCD displays.
Although this piece of tech is not brand-new and is made use by almost all motorcycle manufacturers these days on their high-end bikes, BMW here thinks that they have got the best package available via the unique operating concept of the new Connectivity option. It features a high-quality 6.5-inch full-colour TFT display that can also connect to your smartphone device via Bluetooth to enhance many possibilities for your ride. And we are here to decipher why it fares better than the LCD counterparts.
As I peruse different concept and technology sites in my search for cool motorcycle innovations, things catch my attention and I like to share them with folks of similar interests. Sometimes innovative and creative designs leave me wondering “How did I ever live without this?” Then there’s the rest of the time when I have to wonder “What the Hell were they thinking?” For me, the UNI-CUB by Honda and Halbo from BMW each fit into one of the categories and are certainly interesting enough to share.
Continue reading for more information about these innovative two-wheeled creations.
BMW has always been unabashed about its ability to develop cutting-edge technology, be it in its cars or motorcycles. It’s this constant pursuit of all things revolutionary that has made the German company a force to be reckoned with in the business. Recently, BMW Motorrad once again gave life to that belief when it applied to get European patents to a three-cylinder pushrod engine that’s unlike anything we’ve seen from the company before.
Based on the patent drawings filed by BMW, it appears that engineers are working on trying to put three cylinders into the normal space of its own V-twin engines. Such an approach has been done before, but not, it seems, to the extent of the configuration BMW is using on this engine. It’s a strange-looking engine with two of the cylinders using just one crankpin and a third having its own, positioned just inside of the drivetrain’s V-angle. Look a little closer and you’ll also notice that the cylinders have a unique look that works with pushrods tasked to operate the valves.
In a somewhat nondescript disclosure to the World Intellectual Property Organization, BMW explained that this particular three-cylinder configuration “represents an as of yet unknown type of W-3 reciprocating piston internal combustion engine having cylinder angles which can be largely freely sized.”
I’m not quite sure what the future of this engine is going to look like, but others have speculated that it could be used on one of BMW Motorrad’s future cruiser models. I’m not entirely opposed to that idea because that would be a fresh approach on a future cruiser, a strategy that BMW seems to know all too well these days.
Click "continue reading" to read more about BMW Motorrad’s patent application for this three-cylinder pushrod engine.
The safety of motorcycle riders has always been a big concerned for the big manufacturers. But regardless of how advanced are the safety features of a motorcycle, everything is useless if the rider is falling off its bike and meets the tough tarmac.
This is why BMW Motorrad has decided to try an innovative solution to improve the safety of riders. Therefore, the German Manufacturer is co-developing a modern rider suit with Dainese. The big news however, is the fact that the suit will feature airbags that deploy in 15 miliseconds.
This technology will be used for a one-piece racing suit named the DoubleR RaceAir. The company says that this innovative technology will be also available to street rides pretty soon.
Currently the DoubleR RaceAir is under tests and BMW Motorrad hopes to reveal it at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November.
The safety suit won’t be the only product born from BMW Motorrad and Dainese cooperation as the two companies decided to stay together and develop more safety gear for riders.
Hit the jump for the press release and to see the DoubleR RaceAir suit in action.
Although it wears the BMW badge, this is a concept bike created by a group of design students at ISD of Valenciennes, France. Called the “BMW HP Kunst”, the whole concept spins around the idea of hydrogen power, so it features the fuel cell where you’ll normally find the internal combustion engine on a regular motorcycle, a 20-liter cryogenic tank and a lithium polymer battery pack for electrical energy supply.
The French students do offer a glimpse in the ecological future of motorcycles, but the thing still had to look good and perform even better. Being asymmetric, dynamic and featuring electronic brakes and controls as well as electromagnetic suspensions, we believe this is an overall great concept motorcycle with good chances to hit production if BMW ever thinks to turn their research effort on hydrogen into something profitable.
BMW has used their experience from building straight six engines for cars into creating a modern café racer concept powered by a six-cylinder engine displacing 1600cc. This means 266cc for each cylinder of the so-called BMW Motorrad Concept 6, which won’t see the production line pretty soon, but word is out that the German car and motorcycle manufacturer will use this precise engine on their next LT grand touring model.
Surely, this isn’t the first two-wheeler powered by an inline six as Honda had the CBX1000 in 1978, but the impressive part about the modern bike is the fact that it is so narrow for this type of engine rarely used on motorcycles. But when it is used it smoothly delivers impressive amounts of torque, which is why we have great expectations in what regards BMW’s future touring lineup. Hit the jump for the BMW Motorrad Concept 6 press release and picture gallery.
In the attempt to make it possible for vehicles to benefit of more power (sometimes in huge quantities) motorbike/trike makers end up adding an extra wheel, for more stability. But how do you call something that has four wheels, a 500 bhp BMW V12 engine that runs on bio-ethanol, and yet is rode like a veritable motorcycle?
Apparently, we will have to settle with talking about the Lazareth Wazuma as being a quad with French origins and an absolutely mind-blowing $284,000 price tag.
After the jump, see a beautiful video courtesy of MotoRevue.
The BMW Halbo concept looks like the kind of bike you can take with you in vacation. Yes, it is small and this makes it fun, efficient, but also very dangerous to ride, at least from where I’m sitting now. Actually, designer Pierre Yohanes Lubis claims it only takes up half as much space as your average bike.
That is due to some innovative construction methods such as the engine being an integrated part of the full-sized front wheel. At the back, you get a whole different scenario: the tiny spherical wheel is mounted on a moving arm that is supposed to balance the bike.
Addressed to "eco-minded young individuals," we can suppose it features
an electric motor, but why would anyone want to hit the streets on such a bike? Sure, it can be efficient at work places where you have to move a lot (and where workers currently use bicycles) as long as companies are willing to pay the price (currently unknown), but it looks too risky for the streets.
Former world champion bike builder Stellan Egeland designed and built what he calls The Harrier, an amazing machine that came in second in the European Championship of Custom Bike Building and which will compete at this year’s World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Sturgis.
Being powered by a Boxer twin engine taken straight off a BMW R1200, I guess we can say that this is the best of a Swedish bike (given the builder’s nationality) featuring a German engine so far. We’re expecting this combination to grow into a more and more radical one with each year that passes, although by looking at the bike…
See the action video after the break.
Panda Moto is a French Tuner that was inspired by last year’s Milan Show BMW hit, the Lo Rider, and decided to have its own approach towards the idea and yet remain faithful to the German brand. So it took a standard BMW R1200R and chopped up the rear end in order to achieve the radical look while bringing in a pair of lightweight, standard spoked wheels and Ohlins suspensions to support those. The steering geometry was altered to improve handling and a handcrafted exhaust is sure to make a screamer out of this beauty.
The Panda Moto R1200R weighs 217 kg, making for a pretty heavy piece of two-wheeled machinery. But, with prices ranging between 18,000 - 24,000 euros, weight is this bike’s last problem.
Getting as fast as possible to the scene of a fire can sometimes prove as challenging as extinguishing the actual fire. That is when a Firexpress BMW R1200RT comes in handy simply because of the extremely reduced dimensions, compared to those of the fire brigade trucks.
Capable of carrying a modest (also compared to the big trucks) 13.2 gallons of water or foam, the system works by dispersing that quantity in microdroplets and so continues spraying for more than two minutes. The low-speed stream reaches as much as 15 feet while, fully loaded, the bike manages to achieve a top speed of 90 mph.
Several such BMWs are currently in use in Greece and the system is widely spread in the rest of Europe and in Asia, where it fits various big motorcycles and ATVs.
See a demonstration video after the break.
BMW Motorrad is in the process of gathering ideas for building new exciting motorcycles that would wear their emblem in the future. The best part about it is that they want your ideas and, apart from bringing a contribution to the motorcycle industry evolution, there are material prizes as well, the biggest being 2000 Euros.
All that an innovative mind has to know is in this small questionnaire that BMW put together: