Another stillborn concept from the formerly-BMW-owned brand. An honest little electric urban runabout that benefited from some clean, simple design. Alas.
BMW Concept 6
The six-cylinder motor in the K1600GT/L is epic, but is housed in a trad tourer, not an exciting performance bike. The Concept 6 was a proposal to fix that, stripping the big bike of most of its bodywork and giving it sporting ergonomics. Despite their immense weight, the 1600s are amazing handlers, so such a bike might actually make sense sometime in the near future.
Launched in 2007, a year before the release of the RSV4, the Galluzzi-designed FV2 previewed that superbike’s styling direction. Its seat unit and tank are virtually identical to the production model’s.
Husqvarna Mille 3
Man, Husky got zany there for a little bit, huh? By gluing three of its single-cylinder dirt bike motors together, this 930cc monstrosity was supposed to be some sort of drag bike/flat track hybrid. Because that makes sense. I think the whole idea was really just to get us used to the exciting future of big Husqvarna street bikes, which obviously never happened.
Aprilia Mana X
Another Galluzzi masterpiece, the Mana X shows how sweet a Mana could look if it was stripped of its dumpy bodywork. The 850 V-twin, CVT transmission and steel trellis frame hold much promise — you’d ride this bike around town, wouldn’t you?
What motorcycle concepts do you hope to see at EICMA 2013, next week?