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BMW’S ULTRA HIGH-TECH ELECTRIC CONCEPT IS THE MOTORCYCLE OF THE FUTURE

BMW‘s motorcycle design has always been based on the layout of the bike’s powerplants, so the original machines’ visual center was the low-slung horizontally opposed twin-cylinder engine, with the cylinder barrels jutting out each side of the bike.

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The company thinks that future electric motorcycles should similarly underscore their power source, so the BMW Motorrad Concept Link looks almost scooter-like, with its batteries packed flat into the bike’s bottom, its electric motor hidden in its rear wheel and the familiar gas tank nowhere to be found.

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“The technical realities of electric drive – such as the flat energy packs in the underfloor and the compact drive on the rear wheel – allowed us to create a highly distinctive design which shapes a new segment,” said Alexander Buckan, head of vehicle design at BMW Motorrad. “The resulting expressive power of the vehicle is absolutely new for BMW Motorrad and breaks with all conventional viewing patterns.”

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