BMW Reveals the Future Vision Next 100 concept Self Balancing Motorcycle

BMW Self balancing motorcycle

BMW has released a wild line of future concept vehicles that explores how driving will evolve in the next 100 years. To mark its centenary year, BMW has revealed the final concept vehicle and this time it’s a motorcycle.

Self-balancing enables the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 to remain stable both during the ride and at a standstill.
Self-balancing: no chance of tilting over enhances safety for the driver.

One of the innovative features of the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, which was unveiled in Santa Monica, California, is that it can’t fall over. The zero emissions bike (BMW doesn't say if it's electric) is intended to preview how two-wheeled transportation might look in the next 30 or so years, offering what BMW describes as "an analogue experience in a digital age".

Unlike a conventional motorbike, the Vision Next 100 doesn’t use suspension (damping is taken care of by the tyres), but instead mounts the wheels and frame as one "Flex-frame" unit. Move the handlebar, therefore, and it’s not the front wheel that turns, but the entire frame. In addition, there is a stabilization system to ensure that it never topples over, although BMW doesn't explain how this works, but we understand gyroscopic sensors, much like you’ll find in a Segway, keeps it standing to attention on two wheels automatically balancing the motorbike if it detects a topple is imminent. Although, presumably, the rider can still fall off and watch their bike ride happily into the sunset.

With the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100, rider and motorcycle are engaged in a direct exchange.
Data glasses instead of a helmet.

Will BMW motorcyclists need to wear helmets in the future?

The safety message with the bike is somewhat contradictory it uses technology to ensure it can predict hazards