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BMW K 1600 GRAND AMERICA, F 750 GS & F 850 GS

K 1600 GRAND AMERICA

BMW K 1600 GRAND AMERICA

Beyond the horizon.
Go even further with the K 1600 Grand America. This fully-equipped touring bike gets you closer to the road than you ever thought possible, without compromising riding pleasure or comfort. Always ready to go the extra mile, the legendary 6-cylinder in-line engine triumphs with an unparalleled smoothness and impressive power. Its design and features are on another level. From the windshield to the distinctive rear with enough space for two passengers, all the way to the easy-to-use top case and backrest, there’s an understated cool about the Bagger. The Grand America makes the horizon seem boundless-and yet within reach.

Shaped by freedom.
With the iconic low slung lines, this luxury touring Bagger becomes one with the road. The low passenger seat, and integrated topcase and back rest make sharing the open road a breeze. Integrated into the rear cases, the rear light design helps the bike stand out in the crowd.

Go the distance.
No matter how long your dream ride might be, you can expect a dynamic experience with the Bagger’s impressive 160 horsepower and 129 lb-ft torque. For when it is time to head back out on the road, reverse assist makes backing out of overlooks and parking spaces effortless.

Ride on and on.
You’ll never want the journey to end with the K 1600 Grand America. The standard Dynamic ESA offers the best possible handling and idling, while the “Cruise” mode makes the ride even smoother. The standard engine protection bar and the audio system with navigation preparation are guaranteed to impress. Let the journey continue with K 1600 Grand America.

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BMW F 750 GS & BMW F 850 GS

new BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS

The new BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS: Premium middle-class travel enduros with strong characters.

Ever since their debut in 2007, the GS models of the F series have stood for premium riding enjoyment with typical ‘Made by BMW Motorrad’ features, representing the middle-class Adventure segment. As before, the GS abbreviation again represents a perfect synthesis of touring and long-distance capability combined with sporty dynamics and supreme offroad performance. In short: A BMW GS is the perfect companion when it comes to discovering remote corners of the world by motorcycle. After around ten years of consistent model development, BMW Motorrad has now fully redesigned and reengineered its middle-class GS models in line with its objective of creating an ultimate riding machine that is even more uncomplicated and carefree, whether used for sport-oriented road riding, on tour complete with luggage and a passenger, or on an adventure trip into offroad terrain.

Even more so than their predecessor models, the new F 750 GS and F 850 GS are targeted squarely at their respective clientele. The F 750 GS is designed for all riders who prefer the sensation and conceptual design of a travel enduro in combination with a low seat height, copious power availability, high cost-effectiveness, and powerful all-round qualities. Opposite this is the new F 850 GS, which besides offering more power and torque, features even more distinctive touring characteristics coupled with supreme offroad ability.

Powerful, new 2-cylinder in-line engine with two counterbalance shafts and a firing interval of 270/450 degrees for optimised smoothness and emotional sound.

The main development focus was to create an increase in both power and torque. In addition, special attention was given to reducing fuel consumption levels. Displacement is 853 cc and the power output of 57 kW (77 hp) at 7500 rpm generated by the F 750 GS is more than sufficient. The new F 850 GS generates 70 kW (95 hp) at 8250 rpm which translates to a supreme level of engine power.

The developers achieved a powerful and emotionally appealing sound by employing a crankshaft with a 90 degree journal offset and a 270/450 degree firing interval. Unwanted vibrations are absorbed by the new engine’s two counterbalance shafts. A self-amplifying, anti-hopping clutch provides a discernible reduction in the hand clutch operating force while the drop in engine drag torque also enhances safety on the road. Power transmission to the rear wheel comes from the 6-speed gearbox with secondary drive that is now positioned on the left-hand side.

The riding modes ‘Road’ and ‘Rain’ plus ABS and ASC ensure plenty of riding enjoyment and enhanced safety as standard. Pro riding modes are available as optional equipment.

The new GS models address individual rider requirements by offering ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ riding modes, while the combination of BMW Motorrad ABS and the ASC automatic stability control ensures a high level of safety.

The F 750 GS and F 850 GS can be fitted ex works with optional equipment, such as Pro riding modes and in turn the additional ‘Dynamic’, ‘Enduro’ and ‘Enduro Pro’ riding modes (the latter only available in the F 850 GS) as well as the DTC dynamic traction control and banking capable ABS Pro.

New steel bridge frame in monocoque construction, optimised suspension geometry and new fuel tank position.

The bridge frame of the new GS models in the F series is made of deep-drawn, welded components. It integrates the 2-cylinder in-line engine as a co-supporting element and offers benefits in terms of torsional rigidity and robustness. The fuel tank has been placed in the classic position between the seat bench and the steering head, for optimised packaging and an improved centre of gravity.

Sharper GS profile thanks to the more masculine design.

The F 750 GS and F 850 GS also feature a completely new look, which benefits from a more dynamic and masculine design. In addition to the basic version, the new F models are also available in Exclusive style variations. The Rallye style variant is exclusive to the new F 850 GS and places particular emphasis on its offroad capabilities.

Unique range of optional equipment and Original BMW Motorrad accessories.

The new GS models of the F series are being launched with a range of equipment options that is unique for the middle class. Be it the different seat heights and windshields, the new full LED headlight, the optional Connectivity equipment with TFT display or eCall, the list of fascinating features with which owners can maximise their riding enjoyment and safety as well as experience the thrill of the road is now virtually inexhaustible for middle class travel enduro motorcycles.

Highlights of the new BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS:

  • Powerful 2-cylinder in-line engine with a displacement of 853 cc. F 750 GS: 57 kW (77 hp) at 7500 rpm and 83 Nm at 6000 rpm. F 850 GS: 70 kW (95 hp) at 8250 rpm and 92 Nm at 6250 rpm.
  • Extremely powerful and emotional sound, produced by a crankshaft journal offset of 90 degrees and firing interval of 270/450 degrees.
  • New, robust steel bridge frame in monocoque construction for increased riding precision.
  • New telescopic fork/upside-down telescopic fork plus double-sided aluminium swinging arm with central spring strut for more sensitive response characteristics.
  • ABS, ASC plus ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ riding modes included as standard.
  • Pro riding modes with ABS Pro and dynamic brake light, DTC and the new riding modes ‘Dynamic’, ‘Enduro’ and ‘Enduro Pro’ (the latter only with the F 850 GS) available as optional equipment ex works.
  • ESA electronic suspension adjustment available as optional equipment.
  • A self-amplifying, anti-hopping clutch for a discernible reduction in hand clutch operating force.
  • Full LED headlight incl. LED daytime running light as optional equipment.
  • Connectivity with multi-functional instrument cluster and 6.5 inch full-colour TFT display plus numerous features as optional equipment.
  • Intelligent emergency call function now offered for the first time as optional equipment for the middle class.
  • Optimised offroad and travel ability plus improved wind and weather protection.
  • Sharper GS profile resulting from new design.
  • New colour concepts and style variations Rallye and Exclusive.
  • A range of optional equipment and accessories that is unique in the middle class, such as Keyless Ride, Gear shift assistant Pro, Dynamic ESA, eCall, Connectivity etc.

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BMW presents Connectivity optional equipment.

Multifunctional instrument cluster with 6.5 inch full-colour TFT display offering a wide range of features.

Providing fast and clear information for the rider with the least possible distraction from what is happening on the road – this is achieved with the unique operating concept of the new Connectivity option by BMW Motorrad featuring a high-quality 6.5 inch full-colour TFT display.

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Munich. Providing fast and clear information for the rider with the least possible distraction from what is happening on the road – this is achieved with the unique operating concept of the new Connectivity option by BMW Motorrad featuring a high-quality 6.5 inch full-colour TFT display.

Fast and safe information with the least possible distraction from the traffic situation. The rider can access motorcycle and connectivity functions quickly with a great level of comfort thanks to the advanced BMW Motorrad multi-controller and the integrated approach. In addition the new TFT display combines the familiar “classic” display of data such as rpm and speed with new technology thereby providing an enormous range of features.

When developing the new TFT display, the BMW Motorrad engineers placed a major focus on designing all the rider interaction activities so as to keep rider distraction to an absolute minimum. BMW Motorrad is setting new standards in this respect as it was possible to find suitable display ideally suited to a large number of specific applications. The interaction activities can be regulated by the well-proven multi-controller.

Using the phone and listening to music in comfort while riding. If the rider for example connects a smartphone and a helmet equipped with BMW Motorrad communication system using the TFT display, he can easily access the media playback and phone functions. These phone and media functions can be used without having to install an app. If a Bluetooth connection has been established with any standard smartphone, the rider can enjoy listening to music while riding. Of course the rider can also jump back and forwards in his music collection. The rider can see all his smartphone contacts in the TFT display and can select and call contacts using the multi-controller. If there is an incoming call while on the road, the rider can quickly take or reject the call with a single tip of the controller.

BMW Motorrad Connected App with practice-oriented arrow navigation and numerous additional functions. The free BMW Motorrad Connected App is a world first for motorcycles offering everyday-suitable and practice-oriented arrow navigation directly via the TFT display. Both the navigation itself and the ability to access the app functions directly on the motorcycle represent a real stand-alone feature. The BMW Motorrad Connected App also offers further features such as recording your ridden routes or displaying ride statistics and information.

The arrow navigation in the form of turn-by-turn arrow directions directly in the TFT display and provides very precise turn indications including lane guiding. Last destinations or points of interest can also be called up directly using the TFT display. This basic navigation is especially interesting for motorcyclists who want to handle everyday riding or short trips comfortably without having to take any additional equipment along.

For touring riders with higher demands, the BMW Motorrad Navigator is still recommended since it provides specifically optimised navigation for motorcyclists and features the respective planning and routing functions. The Navigator is also operated using the multi-controller. The operating focus can be simply transferred from the TFT display to the Navigator.

Integrated On-Board Computer PRO with numerous display and setting options. Apart from these comprehensive Connectivity functions, the new TFT display also displays ride-relevant information in an attractive and very clear manner. Here too, the BMW Motorrad multi-controller turns operation into a very easy task. The new TFT display also features the On-board Computer PRO with numerous display and setting options.

The new TFT display offers state-of-the-art and simple access to the motorcycle settings and information. Intuitive information graphics display valuable information. In this way the rider can for example read the tyre pressure settings at the front and rear very simply without being distracted from the traffic situation. Not only the actual tyre pressure settings are displayed but also what tyre pressures are recommended in the respective situation.

The new Connectivity option will be launched in autumn 2017 on the R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure. Further models will follow.

Timonium Motorcycle Show

Timonium Show tickets at Bob's BMW

The biggest and best indoor motorcycle show in the Mid-Atlantic region is just around the corner! The Timonium Motorcycle Show kicks off Friday, February 9 and goes through Sunday, February 11.

You can get your tickets to the show in advance at Bob’s BMW at a discounted rate–ONLY $10 (reg. $18). 

The show offers you an opportunity to check out new 2018 models from various manufacturers, an aftermarket upgrade area, custom and vintage competition, Travel, Touring, and Adventure section that includes the world’s most famous Adventure Riders like Lisa & Simon Thomas, Lois Pryce, Austin Vince, Steph Jeavons, and Motorcycle Tour experts like Ayres Adventures, Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures, and MORE!

WHAT’S NEW AT THE TIMONIUM MOTORCYCLE SHOW

Virtual Reality Test Rides

Virtual Reality Rides Bob's BMW

This year, at the Timonium Motorcycle Show attendees will be able to experience the thrill of two wheels without even leaving the fairgrounds! All weekend long, Bob’s BMW Motorcycles will be offering FREE Virtual Reality Test Rides at its booth in the Main Hall.  

Whether or not you have a motorcycle license, does not matter. This opportunity offers non-riders the ability to see what the fun is all about and what they’re missing!

You will literally be sitting on the motorcycle with a virtual reality headset that will provide a massive field of view and your choice of an exciting on-road, off-road, or track experience. Upon selecting which type of ride you want to take, your virtual reality ride will begin and you will experience all the reasons to ride: the view, the sound, the thrill, excitement and exhilaration! While nothing can replace the real feel of taking an actual motorcycle out for a test ride, these virtual reality rides are the next best thing.

No sign up is required, just visit Bob’s BMW Motorcycles in the Main Hall and tell one of the friendly faces with a Bob’s shirt on, you would like to take a virtual reality test ride on a 2018 BMW Motorcycle!

 

Display from The Vintage BMW Motorcycle Museum 

vinatgeThe Vintage BMW Motorcycle Museum at Bob’s BMW is excited to display a dozen special machines from a collection of over 90 ultra-rare BMW Motorcycles, at the 2018 Timonium Motorcycle Show.

A BMW from every decade from the 1920’s when BMW produced its very first motorcycle thru the 2000’s will be represented in this NEW show display.

The 1925 R32 to be displayed is one of just 3,090 produced between 1923 and 1926 in BMW’s Berlin factory and one of just sixty-four documented examples known to exist today. This machine was previously owned by Butler & Smith, the US Importer for BMW, from the early 1950’s until late 1980.

Museum owner, Bob Henig, Museum Curator Paul Rubenson, and Vintage BMW expert Patrick Arndt will be available all weekend to answer questions, discuss the distinct features of the bikes, and share details about BMW Motorrad’s history and its unique place in the motorcycle world.

Stop by Bob’s BMW TODAY to get your discounted Timonium Show tickets!

BMW Motorrad Riders Gear: EnduroGuard Suit

World Travelers on Urals Arriving in Jessup on Jan. 3!

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leavinghomefunktion UralsJust last week Bob’s BMW learned of the leavinghomefunktion project and was instantly intrigued. After speaking with the world travelers they were able to coordinate a last minute detour to Bob’s BMW on January 3, just days before they reach their final destination in New York.
 
Assuming everything falls into place perfectly (i.e. no surprise breakdowns!), the group of 5 traveling on 4 Urals are expected to arrive at Bob’s this Tuesday to share their exciting 2 year adventure with YOU!
 
We understand this is short notice but it’s an awesome opportunity! We hope you can help us welcome the creators of the leavinghomefunktion project on January 3, 3pm, at Bob’s BMW! Check Bob’s Facebook Page for updates.

LEAVINGHOMEFUNKTION: PRESS RELEASE

leavinghomefunktion has been printing its tracks throughout the European, Asian and N. American continents with the image of x4 wobbling Ural 650s with sidecars. The leavinghomefunktion project is formed by an international group of 5 artists: Kaupo Holmberg (EST), Elisabeth Oertel, Johannes Foetsch, Anne Knoedler (DE), and Efy Zeniou (CY) who have over the past 2 years packed their lives and belongings into their 2×1 meter sidecars.

leavinghomefunktionThe group opted for the longest way to the West – one which crosses the entire East. Initiating this type of expedition meant exchanging their everyday comforts with the opportunity of learning from a diversity of social, economical and geographical conditions. Through this project they attempt to underline the importance of opening up to new input, shifting through different points of view and seeing the world through their own eyes – something which largely relies on the local reactions and forms of reception. A great point they find in such an adventure is learning how to adapt and integrate with daily lives in foreign territories and pushing their boundaries in ways which would expand their world views both physically and mentally.

Their decision was to use the unreliable 80s/90s Ural 650. This choice in vehicle was backed up by the idea of self integration: These bikes can be spotted in some of the most remote and unexpected regions of the world and thereforethey would be easy to find spare parts for and to repair – not to mention breaking the ice with local residents. Through this journey with old-timers they have had a wider chance of encountering how local settlements adapt as well as influence their daily environments. During the short bursts of time spent with locals they record how they work together to overcome communication barriers, find solutions and exchange knowledge through personal stories. While experimenting with documentation techniques they attempt to explore understandings of “territories” which are generally received and understood through mass and social media.

40,000 KILOMETERS IN 4 STAGES

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STAGE 1 – Crossing Europe and into Eurasia which finalized with their
1st wintercamp in the Caucasus region.

STAGE 2 – Crossing the Republic of Georgia,Russia, Kazakhstan, Siberia, Altai, Mongolia and the Russian Far East. Managing “The Old Road of Bones” left the group curious about how much they could push their boundaries further which led them to their 2nd wintercamp in Canada where they kickstarted preparations for The Kolyma Challenge.

STAGE 3 – The Kolyma Challenge was their most peculiar adventure so far. This took place in the remote regions of Sakha and Chukotka – extreme landscapes which are inaccessible to the average landway vehicle. By transforming their Urals with pontoons and propeller drives they opened up new ways for coming in contact with the isolated settlements found along the 1600 km Kolyma river. Having completed their waterway travels in Chukotka they re-transformed their Urals with an un-foldable trailer bridge which enabled them to manage the reoccurring river crossings that were expected throughout the undomesticated tundra.

STAGE 4 – The group has recently landed in Alaska and will continue to huff and puff all the way to New York City. Before Xmas is upon us they will shift from the Northern Lights where the lonely buffaloes roam to the concrete jungles of a glimmering traffic which never sleeps! This last stage is expected to be full of local surprises as the leavinghomefunktioners push their Old Soviet bikes through a highly westernized context.

EVERY LITTLE PUSH COUNTS

URALS in waterThey sleep under the stars, or in the rain – even between swamps if need be. When the taiga and the tundra turns into a city they get to know the hospitality of friends of friends of friends…which makes the world a bit less stranger. Their main financial objective is to keep the Ural with a pulse (i.e spare parts and fuel) and for the travelers to continue collecting,processing and editing all the information which the Ural brings their way. The project is like the perfect backdrop whether you are into Huckleberry Fin, Kafka or the Beats but keeping in business for them means keeping in touch with reality at a different level. Parallel to a life on the 3-wheeler they host live presentations, develop crowdfunding campaigns, produce marketing material and correspond with book publishers, bloggers, newspapers, tv channels and magazines. Their wheels keep running through online supporters which contribute with small donations in exchange for some unique gifts from their landway adventure. To enable supporters to access the leavinghomefunktion piggy bank and give the artists a little push in their creative efforts the group has created a PATREON page www.patreon.com/leavinghomefunktion where people can give adonation and receive a unique set of gifts from the road.

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Season’s Greetings On Ice from Bob’s BMW

SENA TECHNOLOGIES GETS SMART…HELMETS

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Motley Moto visited with SENA at the 2016 AIMExpo in Orlando, FL. We were able to get hands on with the upcoming SENA SMART HELMETS as well as get a glimpse of some upcoming products. SENA announced the IRC HELMET just before last year’s AIMExpo but they still have not hit the market. Hoping to see these in the wild soon. This motorcycle helmet is the first in the world with Intelligent Noise Control ™. This technology was designed by riders, for riders and offers “noise-canceling headphones” to keep riders “calm, alert, and focused.” Available in three colors: Glossy Black, White, and Matte Black.

Another nice product announcement is the Cavalry Half-Helmet. This is a half helmet with Bluetooth built into the helmet allowing riders to communicate through the intercom, listen to GPS directions, and more using HD speakers and a mic with Advanced Noise Control™ technology.

For a selection of current SENA accessories to enhance your ride, visit Bob’s BMW online store.

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BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100: The Great Escape

BMW Press Release
October 11, 2016

In 2016, its centenary year, the BMW Group is looking further into the future than ever before and developing a series of Vision Vehicles to address people’s mobility needs in about three decades from now. Its solutions are based on the assumption that mobility is set to become increasingly multifaceted and connected.

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The Great Escape

“The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 embodies the BMW Group’s vision of biking in a connected world – an analogue experience in a digital age. Motorcycling is about escaping from the everyday: the moment you straddle your bike, you are absolutely free. Your bike is The Great Escape,” says Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad, outlining the core principles underlying his brand’s Vision Vehicle.

The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 stands for the ultimate riding experience. Liberated from the need to wear a helmet and protective clothing, the rider is able to enjoy the forces. Acceleration, wind and nature as in touch with the surrounding world, savouring every moment. The design of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 represents the essence of the motorcycle: the perfect synthesis between human and machine. Every detail is of the highest quality and the design incorporates all the most striking visual aspects of BMW Motorrad bikes across the ages. These elements, however, have a contemporary twist, both visually and in terms of function.

The iconic elements in the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 make it immediately recognisable as a “genuine BMW” and include the black frame triangle, white lines and classic, boxer engine forms. The bike itself, however, is powered by a zero-emissions solution.

The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 unites the past of the BMW Motorrad brand with its future and is a powerful expression of both.

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The frame triangle – a classic icon reinvented

The black frame triangle of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 is a deliberate reference to the first ever BMW motorcycle, the R32, made in 1923. On the vision bike, however, it has been reinterpreted to form a functional sculpture linking the front and rear wheels with a dynamic sweep. Bearings and joints are nowhere to be seen; instead the frame appears as a single, integrated whole.
Viewed from the side, the frame of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 lends it the character of a naked bike, with ergonomics to match and a seat in the roadster position. The clever arrangement of surfaces protects the rider from wind and weather as effectively as a full fairing. The surface of the frame is covered in matt black textile, its silky sheen and fine lines highlighting the characteristic forms and representing a contemporary reinterpretation of this classic BMW detail. The BMW logo is optimally displayed on the dark frame. It is illuminated in the familiar blue and white colours while driving.

Flexframe – frame-assisted steering

The Flexframe appears as a single, integrated whole that extends from the front to the rear wheel of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100. Being flexible, it allows the bike to be steered without the various joints found on today’s motorcycles. Turning the handlebar adjusts the entire frame, changing the direction of the bike. The amount of strength needed to steer depends on the situation: at standstill, the Flexframe allows a light steering whereas at higher speeds it remains very rigid.

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Powertrain – inspired by the BMW boxer engine

In the middle of the triangle frame sits a style feature and historical reminder: the power unit. Designed and created in the image of the traditional BMW boxer engine, it actually consists of a zero-emissions drive unit. Its outward appearance changes depending on the circumstances: when the bike is resting, the power unit is compact, extending outwards only when the bike sets off, to enhance aerodynamics and protect the rider from the elements. Its polished aluminium finish confirms the superior quality of this component.

Minimalist form, maximum quality of details

The slender-looking BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 clearly expresses its qualities as a riding machine. The front is minimalist in design and enhanced with high-quality details. Integrated into the frame above the front wheel is a large metal reflector incorporating the two vertically positioned, U-shaped elements that make up the daytime running light. It also acts as a wind deflector and, in combination with the small, integrated windshield, helps to optimise the air flows.

Body elements such as the seat, upper frame cover and wings are made of carbon.

Beneath the seat shell, two fine, red, illuminated strips form the rear light and indicators – picking up on the typical double-C form of the rear lights on today’s BMW Motorrad bikes – but with a new, futuristic twist.
Damping is provided by the tyres, whose variable tread actively adjusts to suit ground conditions and ensure the best possible grip in any situation.

Analogue elements in the digital age

Overall, displays, cables and buttons are a rare sight on the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100. But amid the clear forms of its front is one element that immediately stands out: a red rocker-switch on the right-hand end of the handlebar. This obviously mechanical element blocks or releases the throttle grip and is a homage to the analogue days of original biking.
The hand levers with their outward-facing joints are also a reminder of days gone by.

BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100:

What kind of world will be home to the motorcycle of the future?
“Normally, when we develop a motorcycle, we tend to think 5 to 10 years in advance. On this occasion, we looked much further ahead and found the experience especially exciting. There are some very attractive prospects. I firmly believe the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 sets out a coherent future scenario for the BMW Motorrad brand,” explains Edgar Heinrich.
When designing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100, the team was thinking decades in advance. In tomorrow’s world, connectivity and digitalisation will be all-encompassing. Most vehicles will be driverless, and life will be organised largely by digital services. More and more of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.
Digital technologies for an analogue experience

Building on the benefits of the digital world, the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 takes the analogue riding experience to a completely new level. The unique sensation of freedom is made possible by intelligent connectivity between rider, bike and the outside world – a combination that also allows the prediction of critical situations on the roads. In conjunction with the active assistance systems, these connected elements help keep riders of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 in complete control of their ride. As well as anticipating what lies ahead and alerting the user when action is needed, they offer active rider protection and will consign the helmets and body protectors of today to the history books.

“Self-balancing” – active, intelligent assistant systems

In certain situations, the active assistance systems of the future will also enhance stability and safety by automatically balancing the motorcycle, both out on the road and when stationary. Novice riders will benefit from additional guidance in all riding situations and from a bike that will never tip over.
The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 rights itself while even stationary, remaining upright when the rider has dismounted. The balancing systems also work out on the road to ensure a particularly agile and dynamic riding experience with even lighter handling, which seasoned riders will appreciate, and all the benefits of assistance systems to enhance their capabilities even further. The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 helps every biker become more proficient and enjoy an even more positive riding experience. Every trip becomes a journey of freedom, from beginning to end.

The Digital Companion – Connected. Ubiquitous. Discreet.

When combined, the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 bike and the special rider’s gear that has been designed to accompany it form a single functional unit:
a Digital Companion that provides the situational information and active support the rider needs. But because biking is essentially about the experience, the Digital Companion remains in the background: though constantly active, it works away unnoticed until required to issue an alert via the user interface or provide active assistance, for instance. Unless the rider or circumstances require it, the Digital Companion remains silent.

“A key point with the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 was to make sure the constant digital presence doesn’t undermine the analogue riding experience. The display and operating concept works so subtly that the rider can enjoy an entirely natural biking experience, trusting the bike completely and enjoying complete freedom and ease. As interface designers, our job is to deliver the right amount of the right information at the best possible time and place,” explains Holger Hampf, Head of User Experience at the BMW Group.

The visor – the right information at the right time

Information exchanges between rider and bike take place largely via the visor. This essentially consists of a pair of data glasses that extends across the wearer’s entire field of vision. As well as providing wind protection, it shows relevant data in one of four designated display areas. These are controlled by the rider’s eye movements: looking up or down changes the content that appears, and looking straight ahead switches the information off completely, leaving the rider to focus even more fully on biking experience. Information is only projected onto the visor on request, or to alert the rider to the fact that action is needed.

“The bike has the full range of connected data from its surroundings and a set of intelligent systems working in the background, so it knows exactly what lies ahead. By collating the data it has gathered, it can suggest ideal lines and banking angles, or warn riders of hazards ahead,” Hampf continues. When suggesting lines and angles, the Digital Companion appears in the lower third of the field of view, represented by an upturned triangle from which two horizontal lines extend outwards. Like the display in an aeroplane cockpit, this symbol indicates the current banking angle and ideal lines. If the bike’s current position does not match what is suggested, the rider can correct it as necessary. If he or she responds too late or not at all, the bike will correct itself. The Digital Companion’s advice not only helps novices to learn more about what they and their bikes can do. It also supports experienced riders by allowing them to challenge themselves and continuously improve their skills.
Looking upwards activates the rear-view function in the visor, allowing the rider to see what is going on on the road behind. Lowering the eyes to normal levels opens a menu from which the rider can select an option by pointing a finger. Looking further down opens the map view showing the rider’s chosen route.

Smart.Active. Flexible – rider’s equipment

The rider’s gear accompanying the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 is integral to the unique overall experience. In classic black and white, the airy suit enhances the sense of freedom and is both fashion statement and weather-wear. Depending on conditions, it warms or cools the user. While the diagonal zipper across the chest is reminiscent of traditional motorcycle clothing, the flexible, banded structure of the suit and shoes is inspired by the muscle areas of the human body and provides body support and relief whenever needed.

At higher speeds, the neck section inflates to provide extra support for the upper vertebrae and improve overall comfort. Variable openings offer additional ventilation. Unlike present-day suits, however, the futuristic outfit for riders of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 offers no safety features, because the bike’s intelligent assistance systems make them superfluous. Instead, sensors in the suit keep track of the wearer’s pulse rate and body temperature and provide the right level of heat or cold. The suit also delivers navigation instructions via the vibrating elements in the arms and legs, and alerts the rider when the banking angle is becoming critical. Rider and machine form a single functional unit to offer a more intense riding experience than ever before. Edgar Heinrich sums up: “The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 unites the best of both worlds – digital and analogue – for the ultimate emotional experience: The Great Escape.”

Now or Never Sale 50% OFF!

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SAVINGS JUST GOT BIGGER!

NEW markdowns and NEW items have been added to the Now or Never Sale List—most items NOW 50% OFF, some more than 50% OFF, and most below dealer cost!

This is the largest sale in Bob’s BMW history. Prices on your favorite brands have never been so low so get what you want and get it NOW before it’s gone forever! Quantities on sale items are limited and inventory is going fast so don’t delay.

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Call 1-800-269-2627 or visit Bob’s BMW TODAY!  

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The LARGEST Sale in Bob’s BMW History!

GOING on NOW!

Bob’s Now or Never Sale started yesterday and the phones are already ringing off the hook! We compiled pages of products in preparation for tomorrow’s Swap Meet—items that are 40% OFF, some even more than 40% OFF, and many BELOW dealer cost!*

Download List HERE.

Whatever items have not already sold will be available at tomorrow’s Swap Meet and Oktoberfest Celebration but be sure to arrive early, prepared with your shopping list in hand because this stuff is going fast and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!

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