Bike Porn: BMW Concept Roadster

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BMW Concept Roadster

The BMW Concept Roadster debuted this past weekend at the world famous Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy.

While its name had many journalists wondering why the vehicle ended up on two wheels we were delighted to see BMW putting resources into their motorcycle line at one of the world’s most iconic classic car events. Proving that BMW Motorrad wasn’t just a one hit wonder, having debuted their Concept Ninety at last year’s event.

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“The BMW Concept Roadster is exciting to look and at least as exciting to ride,” says Ola Stenegard, Head of Vehicle Design BMW Motorrad, of the BMW Concept Roadster.

The Roadster houses a BMW boxer engine with 125 hp and is also plays a role as the visual center of the bike. It’s crouching posture with a powerful front wheel stance and short (seemingly tucked) rear end promise agile, light-footed handling similar to other naked bikes in the segment (e.g. The Duke).

BMW Concept Roadster

Combining quality composites and milled aluminum sections – like the seat pan. While machines may have handled plenty of exterior design components, hand crafted touches like the steep sectioned tailpipe.

While the Concept Roadster is a one-off (for now) we certainly hope BMW sees this one through to production.

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  • Paolo

    Naked…because yes.

  • John Martinez

    Is it me or does that front rake look slack? Wonder how it would comparte to the R nine T? Either that’s a low seat height or some really tall Germans! I’d love to hear how that pipe sounds. I’m no BMW fanboy, but I think this concept bike looks great.

    • Richard Gozinya

      This one also uses BMW’s water cooled boxer, so there’s that difference as well.

  • http://www.therideadvice.com/ TheRideAdvice.com

    I think I like the MV Augusta dragster better, but this comes a close second.

  • eddi

    It looks like it will take a chunk out of you if you don’t treat it well.

  • Hooligan

    One day BMW will sort out the inherent problems thay are having with their shaft drive. Just been a second recall to try and fix it. But then their cars are no longer the byword for relaibility, not even in the top 10 these days.

    • spikey

      Curious… What is this “2nd Recall” you speak of? Model? Year? and more specifically, the Recall Bulletin Numbers and Defect Code numbers.

      Lots of people assume that the BMW shaft drive is maintenance free. This is not true. If they took the time to read their owners manual and had it serviced at their BMW Motorrad dealer, they would not have shaft drive failures. They are easily preventable with the REGULAR maintenance schedule.

      I have ridden +70,000 miles on my R1200GS… in two riding seasons… problem free.

  • Doug Herbert

    It looks great for a concept, but I don’t know about the crouching position required to ride it. That will be cool for about 20 minutes. I think the R-nine-T was right on the money for making a boxer engine roadster.

  • Theodore P Smart

    Trust me — Italy is NOT on fire over this bike.

  • vince

    im buying! it would nicely replace my xb12scg

  • Justin McClintock

    Hey look! BMW built a Kawasaki!