Once again, BMW Motorrad to debut a Boxer-powered motorcycle concept, has chosen the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. On this legendary car show that was located at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este by the shores of Lake Como, BMW unveiled its Concept Roadster.
The BMW Roadster Concept is built around the latest air and liquid cooled boxer twin 1,170cc engine that is officially rated at 125 HP and 92.2 pound-feet of torque. This bike looks like it will be light and is very compact and comfortable, but BMW Motorrad hasn’t announced any official figures. This BMW Roadster Concept looks rather extreme, and for sure will have trouble getting homologated for road use. But the Roadster Concept, maybe will be the seed from which will come out a new generation of amazing BMW R series models.
On this event BMW only showed the style, not any mechanical details has been unveiled. We don’t know the type of frame structure that is hidden under the tank, but it will be similar like that on the HP2 Megamoto and R nineT, that are two boxer-powered bikes using a classic telescopic fork instead of the Telelever unit of the BMW.
The engine has received valve covers with “knee slider” pads that are used to prevent the grinding under the lean angles. The spoiler under the engine is very smart and important styling solution that hides the huge resonator or muffler that is located at the core of the exhaust system of this bike.
BMW confirmed the familiar 125 HP and 92 lb-ft of torque, numbers from the Water Boxer that has moved from the 2013 R1200GS to the 2014 GS Adventure and R1200RT. On the new Roadster, the least visually engaging element is the Boxer engine, and that is considering the outstanding neon yellow R that is stamped on the valve covers. What is more attention-grabbing is the rear section of the bike. It has a racing inspired seat, and the neon yellow accent continues underlying the perforated leather surface. Around the seat there is a metallic base meld with a stainless steel strip that runs down the center of the sculpted tank of the Beemer.
There is a metallic accent on the aluminum air intakes, and the intake is underscored with the neon yellow accents. The LED headlamp array is full-bore futurist in the design, and the headlight does not look anything like a simple light.
The tubular frame stands out amidst everything that is going on visually, courtesy of the triangular shape and the bright blue color – Sparkling Racing Blue. Another thing that you will notice is the engine spoiler, and BMW claimed aerodynamic benefit from it that also routes the exhaust headers.
Will this BMW Roadster concept reach production? Difficult to say, but it is sure that it proves that BMW Motorrad has an amazing future based on the boxer-twin past.