Alongside the iX5 Hydrogen prototype and the i Vision Circular concept, BMW also showcased the Motorrad Vision AMBY and the i Vision AMBY concepts at the 2021 IAA Mobility in Munich. For those who’re wondering, ‘AMBY’ is short for “Adaptive Mobility”. Both are electric concepts, but the i Vision AMBY is a pedal-driven e-bike.
Let’s start with the Motorrad Vision AMBY which according to BMW, is something in between a bicycle and a motorbike. It has a layout of an enduro motorcycle, featuring studded spoke wheels measuring 26-inches at the front and 24-inches at the rear, wrapped with fairly chunkier tyres. The material used for the seating surface and the cover for the energy storage unit is made of recycled plastics.
It has some more interesting details such as a U-shaped LED signature at the front that serves as a headlight and tiny LED elements at the rear for taillights. The licence plate takes the form of a display, displaying the selected riding mode. And of course, the smartphone will be the key.
BMW didn’t share a lot of details, but as mentioned, there’ll be three riding modes. The Vmod1 will enable up to 25 km/h (15.5 mph); Vmod2 up to 45 km/h (28 mph), and Vmodmax up to 60 km/h (37 mph). The range is estimated to be approximately 110 km (68 mi). And yes, the unladen weight is 65 kg (143 lbs).
As for the i Vision AMBY, well, it also features recycled materials for the saddle and the battery covers. Other highlights include a horizontal LED strip for the headlight and a vertical strip at the rear for taillight; 27.5-inch wheels with round-ish tyres; and 120 mm suspension travel front & rear.
This one too features three modes with 25 km/h, 45 km/h and 60 km/h top speeds. The 2,000 Wh battery pack is claimed to offer a range of up to 300 km (186 mi), depending on the riding mode. The drive unit is positioned close to the pedals and offers assistance only when the pedals are being turned.