The famed BMW marque is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and the firm’s cars division have already gotten the party started with the BMW Vision Next 100. The firm has already confirmed that a number of other concept vehicles are coming up, including a BMW Vision concept bike coming later in October.
A total of four concept vehicles have been planned and it includes one from the group’s Mini sub-brand, followed by another from its Rolls Royce sub-brand too.
Each of the remaining three ‘vision’ concept vehicles will debut at a stop during the centennial celebration’s world tour.
Reports indicate that the BMW Vision concept bike will debut during the tour’s leg in Los Angeles, America scheduled from Oct 11 and Oct 16 this year. The firm has already revealed that the concept will be developed based off a theme called “The Great Escape”.
Speculations are rife about what this concept bike could be. Notably, the concept’s working title was chosen in reference to the cliché idea of freedom commonly associated with motorcycles and motorcycle riding. Given BMW’s recent foray into electric on two-wheels with the C Evolution and eRR, one speculation suggest the possibility of the concept bike featuring an electric powertrain system.
Others speculations include the preview of a new cruiser model – BMW hasn’t focused in this genre of bikes for quite some time. The marque’s last entry here was the BMW R1200C, which gained some prominence in the 1997 James Bond film titled Tomorrow Never Dies.
Other guesses include a near-production version of the K1600-based Concept 101 bagger, which is due to hit production really soon this year, followed by the possibility of seeing a new cruiser-style bike that features a radical W-shaped three-cylinder engine with pushrods.