Who doesn’t appreciate the hell out of concept vehicles? Sleek, shiny cars that look like they belong in a futuristic Will Smith movie, rather than cruising down the M1 between Newcastle and Sydney.
BMW are fuelling the fantasy with a self-balancing motorbike called Motorrad Vision Next 100, which interacts with an augmented reality headset to display relevant driving news, along with information about the area surrounding you while you ride.
It also comes with a zero-emissions engine, attached to a jointless carbon fibre frame on huge, broad wheels, which help stabilise the bike even when it’s at a standstill.
The German company are anticipating how the future of roads all over the world will change in the coming years, while still providing the freedom that getting on the back of your bike and going wherever your wheels take you.
“The motorcycle provides my escape from everyday life. From the moment I climb on board, I experience nothing but absolute freedom – The Great Escape,” says Edgar Heinrich, head of design at BMW Motorrad.
The Vision Next 100 is drawing comparisons to the ‘Batpod’, used by Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, and it’s an easy comparison to see – at least superficially.
The singular design, without that front axle for better balance and more interesting maneuverability, along with those future tech glasses (which could probably be put into a cowl with a big enough trust fund) make it an easy leap for the imagination.
Like all dreams, this piece of engineering marvel doesn’t have a price tag or expected date of release. It’s just something to fantasise about while you’re thinking about your next great road trip down the beautiful coasts of Australia – The Great Escape.