BMW Concept 101
Every year, the most impressive
representatives of the mobile past and future on both two and four wheels
assemble at the Concorso d' Eleganza Villa d' Este for a very special
get-together on the shores of Lake Como. Amid this extraordinary blend of
the traditional and the contemporary, BMW Motorrad once again presents a
breathtaking concept study: the BMW Motorrad "Concept 101".
"The Concept 101 opens up a
new chapter in the history of our concept bikes. It is the BMW Motorrad
interpretation of endless highways and the dream of freedom and independence - the perfect embodiment of
"American touring" Designing this big touring bike
study was amazingly exciting for us because we haven't been involved with a
motorcycle concept like this before. To me, the Concept 101 is the epitome of
elegance, power and luxury on two wheels",¯ says Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW
Motorrad Design, describing the character of the concept bike.
The epitome of
power and exclusivity.
The name "Concept 101"indicates the capacity of the concept bike, which has its roots in the USA. The
capacity of the six cylinders is 1,649 cc - approximately equivalent to 101
cubic inches, which is the American unit of measurement for cylinder capacity.
So the "Concept 101" moves into a sphere that goes beyond mere horsepower and
acceleration figures - all that counts is the remarkable riding experience full
of power and tranquillity. The enormous torque of the in-line 6-cylinder engine
generates extraordinary pulling power in every situation on the road.
The number 101 also stands
for the place where the vehicle came into being. It was not far from Highway
101, at the design studios of the BMW Group subsidiary Designworks in Newbury
Park, California, that the BMW Motorrad designers got together with their
Designworks colleagues to create a truly special motorcycle that would extend
the limits of quality and exclusivity and reflect a whole new touring
philosophy: "We had a clear vision when we were designing the bike: under the
motto "The Spirit of the Open Road"¯ we wanted to build a high-performance,
emotional and highly exclusive 6-cylinder vehicle that would make every ride a
special experience. A bike that would make the moment so special, you would
forget your destination",¯ explains Ola Stenegard, Head of Vehicle Design BMW
This vision is expressed in
the BMW interpretation of a "bagger" - an exclusive type of custom bike
especially popular in the USA. The very elongated and streamlined silhouette is
especially striking from a distance. Unlike the low front section and the high
rear of supersports motorcycles, the BMW Motorrad "Concept 101" has a
drop-shaped silhouette that is typical of baggers, reaching the highest point at
the front trim. Below this, the large front wheel appears to pull the flat,
stretched silhouette behind it. At the same time, the characteristic styling of
the bike visually suggests a forward urge. Two side cases integrated in
streamlined form add the final touch of a quintessential bagger.
The consistent flow of the
lines from the front to the rear symbolises the riding experience offered by the
"Concept 101" Within the flowing silhouette, clear lines and elaborately
modelled surfaces shape an athletic body. This creates a dynamic contrast
between flowing movements and clearly defined lines that further emphasises the
bike's character. The horizontal subdivision into two areas of colour lends
greater emphasis to the overall impression of flatness. While the lower section
- the powerful mechanical unit - is dark, the upper area has been deliberately
designed in lighter colours so as to reflect elegance and finesse.
he dynamically designed
front trim in brushed aluminium is flatly integrated into the flow of the
styling. The integrated headlamp with striking double circular appearance gives
the front section a distinct and highly expressive look. It also provides the
point of departure for the characteristic split face which runs across the
entire bike through to the rear in the form of a brushed aluminium trim section.
Two striking side panels encase the front trim almost like a suit of armour,
thereby creating a broad shoulder section which further highlights the power of
the "Concept 101" Tailpipes on both sides, each with three outlets, visualise
the number of cylinders and therefore the supreme performance and high torque of
the engine. They also ensure the appropriate sound, making the potential of the
6-cylinder engine audible.
The rear view harmoniously
rounds off the bike's overall visual impression. A particular highlight is the
unusual rear light cluster. It provides a frame for the dark-coloured rear
section in the form of two LED bands. The design of the lights is formally
reminiscent of former road cruisers. At the same time the expressive appearance
grants a fascinating technical and aesthetic style.
High performance, high
tech, high value.
The entire design of the
"Concept 101" right through to the colours and materials used reflects power,
contemporary flair and exclusive appeal. The side trim parts and cases feature
an elaborate two-colour finish: a light silver surrounds the surface while the
inner section is a somewhat darker silver with more of a metallic effect. The
two areas are separated by a line marking applied by hand. The paint finish also
includes a shadow effect which gives the manually applied line marking greater
depth towards the inside. The dynamic front trim adds a touch of cool, technical
style with its unpainted, brushed aluminium. The aluminium's modern,
technological statement is supplemented in the bike's lower section by means of
generous carbon surfaces with a silky gloss.
Amid silver paint surfaces,
brushed aluminium and carbon, there are dark wood elements that add a warm,
exclusive counterpoint. The elaborately milled wood, only treated with oil,
emphasises the horizontal gesture of the side sections with its discreet grain.
The model designation is integrated in the wood surfaces as an elaborate
aluminium insert and badge. On the seat, two leather qualities further reflect
the bike's exclusive character: the fine-grain black leather of the side
sections adds a touch of elegance to complement the perforated black leather of
the seat area itself. A brown leather strip separates these two distinct
In cooperation with
Roland Sands Design.
The concept bike took
concrete shape on the premises of Roland Sands - just under an hour away from
Newbury Park amid the heartland of the Los Angeles custom bike scene. In close
collaboration with the BMW Motorrad design team, Roland Sands assembled the
exclusive parts of the "Concept 101"at his own workshops. BMW Motorrad and the
custom bike specialist have worked together successfully for several years,
having completed inspiring projects such as the Concept Ninety, for example.
Roland Sands' familiarity with the scene and enormous expertise in custom
building combined with the possibilities and history offered by BMW Motorrad
make for an exciting partnership. Sands put together the many parts of the BMW
Motorrad "Concept 101" in his workshop, elaborately producing individual
elements exclusively by hand. As a result, signature machine parts such as the
clutch cover, timing chain cover and wheels all bear his logo, discreetly
bearing witness to a collaboration that has proved successful for many years.
The material finish and technical design are state-of-the-art, thereby
reflecting in detail the fundamental BMW Motorrad statement: precision and
Source: BMW press release