At this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Yamaha had a theme called “Yamaha Future Garage: Resonate the Future” and what the motorcycle maker brought to floor was indeed futuristic. In addition to the NIKEN Leaning Multi-wheeler previewed in late October, the show floor was occupied by dazzling examples, including a sports bike that will totally look the part in Bladerunner (and will make Akira’s bike look so dated) called MOTOROiD, a cute three-wheel leaning multi-wheel vehicle called TRITOWN, a leaning four-wheeler known simply as MWC-4, a CROSS HUB Concept which is also a three-wheel leaning vehicle but one that has a body that encapsulate the rider like the MWC-4, and finally, there’s the MOTOBOT Ver.2, an autonomous motorcycle—riding robot which is essentially a follow-up to the first motorbike-riding robot introduced two years ago. Continue reading Yamaha’s Theme Of “Resonate the Future” Is Really, Really Futuristic
Vespa is a scooter and the company behind it, Piaggio, have been doing it for over seven decades. All’s good up till now, but have it ever occur to you, what if the Italian company dabbles in motorcycles making, you know, like say, a chopper, a sports bike, or even a dirt bike? At this point, you may be wondering. What the hell is the difference between a scooter and a motorcycle anyways? Well, get ready for Scooter 101. There are a few distinct differences between the two. First, motorcycle has the gas tank in front of the seat while the engine, typically attached to the frame, is right below it (the seat). Plus, motorcycle usually have larger wheels and as far as power plant is concerned, a scooter’s motor is more often than not, integrated with the rear suspension. Continue reading Someone Reimagined Vespa As Motorcycles And The Results Are Dope!
At this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, BMW’s two-wheel division, BMW Motorrad, also has something to show off and it is a scooter-like electric two-wheeler called BMW Motorrad Concept Link Urban Mobility. It is, well, how do I say? Futuristic? I mean, it is nothing like somewhat Tron-ish BMW Vision Next 100, it is futuristic enough – lend to it by angular lines, electric drive, well connected, a windscreen that doubles as a display, and touch functionalities. Continue reading Concept Link Is A BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100-inspired, Ermmm, Scooter?
Oh, wow. This came as a surprise to us. You know that beautiful, first-ever BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic collaboration, the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure we featured last year? Well, the thing is, we did not realized it was a 2-in-1 kit, something which is typical of LEGO Technic sets. Interestingly, the alternative model included in the kit was fictional concept called Hover Ride. Hover Ride is exactly what it sounds like; a R 1200 GS Adventure without wheels, AKA a bike that hovers, AKA a vehicle that will make futurists drool all over. Continue reading We Want This Life-size BMW Motorrad LEGO Technic Hover Ride So Bad!
Concept vehicles from big automakers turn into real vehicles are not new, but a concept vehicle from an independent industrial designer turned into a real working vehicle? Well, that is something we don’t hear everyday. Such is exactly what happen to Istanbul-based industrial designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem’s radical BMW concept K75 Alpha. When skilled machinist, fabricator, tinkerer and an accomplished two-stroke tuner and Bonneville Salt Flats veteran Mark Atkinson, AKA Makr, caught eye of Mehmet’s K75 Alpha Concept Bike, he decided that bold beauty there is not entirely radical, and so he embarked on a journey to bring it to life. Continue reading Makr’s Magic Touch Turns Mehmet’s K75 Alpha Concept Bike Into A Real Bike
Apart from the threat from other road users, motorcycle riders have another big concern: keeping the bike from falling over when coming to a rest or in slow traffic. That has been a problem that riders of past and present learned to deal with, but thankfully, it won’t be pass on to the future (or perhaps even near future) – thanks to Honda’s innovative Riding Assist. As of now, technology by the way of gyroscope is one option to keep a two-wheeler, or even single-wheel, vehicle upright without the rider performing circus act, but that, to Honda, is just way too cumbersome and could potentially alter the ride experience. So, instead, the Riding Assist leverages on the company’s robotics technology originally for Honda UNI-CUB self-balancing personal mobility device. Continue reading Honda’s Riding Assist Technology Self-balances A Bike Without Gyroscope
We don’t dismiss the possibility that future motorcycles could hover, but for practicality’s sake, bikes of the future could look something more like the one in Tron – the reboot version, that is, or it could be look something like this, the Vultran Type 3 Concept Electric Motorcycle dreamed up by Orlando, Florida-based creative mind Lee Rosario. One feature, if you could call it a feature, that draws us to the Vultran Type 3 is how ridiculously long it is and also the fact that being an obvious motorcycle of the future, it still has graphics of flame decorating it. Ok, the latter is a joke. Continue reading Designer Dreamed Up A Gorgeous Bike Of The Future And It Is Lengthy!
You know the defining futuristic motorbike from the movie Tron? Well, the BMW HP4 RACE Advanced Prototype Motorcycle is clearly not that, but it is certainly futuristic in a very ‘earthly manner’, or should we say, very sporty – thanks to the use of full carbon fiber main frame and carbon fiber wheels to boot. This beautiful two-wheeler will be hand crafted in limited numbers and slated to the hit the market sometime in second half of 2017. Continue reading BMW Unveiled Carbon Fiber Sport Bike Along With A Slew Of Bike Updates
Be futuristics, BMW Vision Next 100 Motorcycle unveiled earlier today at the “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience” exhibition in L.A. may get you all aroused. We have seen our fair share of futuristic bikes, but this one here rewrites everything that have read and seen about bike of the future. And yes, it still has wheels though, unfortunately. Hoverbike is way further than BMW’s vision of future bike. Aesthetically, the BMW Vision Next 100 Motorcycle is probably the first bike worthy of being called exotic, because it is. I mean, just look at the form. Continue reading BMW Vision Next 100 Motorcycle Is An Absolute Porn For Futurists
If there’s one thing motorcycle industry is need of, it would be a radical change in design. At this point, it seems like independent bike makers are the ones taking the lead to challenge the status quo in motorcycle design, but not established bike makers. It is strange phenomena, considering established bike manufacturers are the ones with the financial muscle. However, we may be seeing a shift here, starting with Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta upcoming two-wheeler, the F4Z, which will be officially unveil in September 4, 2016. Continue reading Check Out This Zagato Designed Motorcycle For MV Agusta