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BMW Motorrad sculpts its future

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Editor of BBC Autos, Matthew is a former editor at Automobile Magazine and the creator of the digital-only Roadtrip Magazine. His automotive and travel writing has appeared in such magazines as Wired, Popular Science, The Robb Report and Caribbean Travel + Life. He lives in Los Angeles with his wonderful wife and four-year-old daughter.

 

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To those who insist that a machine cannot be a work of art, BMW offers the dazzling Concept Roadster motorycle, unveiled in Italy at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

This two-wheeled glimpse into BMW Motorrad's future features a dramatic wedge shape and split colouring – a pearl-white upper section over a blue mainframe and blacked-out engine room – to give it a road-hugging presence. Artful pieces of unfinished milled aluminium, including the engine air intakes and the kicked-up rear section, add to the visual impact.

And despite a recent proliferation of futuristic electric motorbikes – including BMW's own C Evolution scooter – the Bavarian motor giant apparently still believes the future will have room for internal combustion. The Concept Roadster employs the current version of BMW's 1170cc R-series horizontally opposed two-cylinder engine, which produces an ample 125 horsepower and 93 pound-feet of torque.

BMW has announced no plans to put the Concept Roadster into production, but there is no question that its radical looks and advanced engineering will inspire coming Motorrad products.

And to that, we say, the sooner the better.

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