Along with the Vision M Next, another concept that was showcased at BMW Group’s #NEXTGen event was this Vision DC Roadster – an electric motorcycle that so badly misses BMW’s 2-cylinder boxer engines of the past.
In simple words, the DC Roadster is kind of a resurrection of BMW R32 of the 1920s that had a flat-twin engine. The big difference here is, of course, this one is fully electric. However, there are protruding cooling fans on either side, making the motorcycle look like a futuristic interpretation of BMW’s past motorcycles.
As we can see in the pictures, there’s no fuel tank, instead, a tubular structure spans the vehicle corpus with lots of gaps and gapes for cooling. Those stacked-metal-plates-like looking thing is actually a milled aluminum cooling system for the battery that is housed inside. The cylinder-shaped electric motor is longitudinally positioned underneath the battery.
The cooling elements echo the slight forward tilt of the battery silhouette, giving the side a dynamic momentum. When starting the electric motor, these cooling elements move out slightly, indicating that the bike is ready to go.
Vision DC Roadster along with Vision M Next
Besides aluminum, carbon fibre has also been used to reduce the overall weight. Meanwhile, there are red contrast elements to break the monotony of the dark theme. No technical details available yet, however, check out the making process photos too, to get an idea of the suspension and other components.