the open road

the open road

BMW Concept 101 - The spirit of the open road

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Inspired by the never-ending highways, the feeling of freedom and sheer independence, the BMW Motorrad design team came up with a completely new approach to touring motorcycles with their Concept 101: elegant, exclusive, extroverted and pure cruising power. While chasing the spirit of the open road, a powerful, emotional and highly exclusive six-cylinder bike was born that turns every ride into a unique driving experience. Every year, the most impressive representatives of the mobile past and future on both two and four wheels assemble at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este for a very special get-together on the shores of Lake Como. Amid this extraordinary blend of the traditional and the contemporary, BMW Motorrad once again presents a breathtaking concept study: the BMW Motorrad "Concept 101". "The Concept 101 opens up a new chapter in the history of our concept bikes. It is the BMW Motorrad interpretation of endless highways and the dream of freedom and independence - the perfect embodiment of “American touring”. The name "Concept 101" indicates the capacity of the concept bike, which has its roots in the USA. The capacity of the six cylinders is 1,649 cc - approximately equivalent to 101 cubic inches. So the "Concept 101" moves into a sphere that goes beyond mere horsepower and acceleration figures - all that counts is the remarkable riding experience full of power and tranquillity. The enormous torque of the in-line 6-cylinder engine generates extraordinary pulling power in every situation on the road. The number 101 also stands for the place where the vehicle came into being. It was not far from Highway 101, at the design studios of the BMW Group subsidiary Designworks in Newbury Park, California. This vision is expressed in the BMW interpretation of a "bagger" - an exclusive type of custom bike especially popular in the USA. The consistent flow of the lines from the front to the rear symbolises the riding experience offered by the “Concept 101”. Within the flowing silhouette, clear lines and elaborately modelled surfaces shape an athletic body. This creates a dynamic contrast between flowing movements and clearly defined lines that further emphasises the bike's character. The horizontal subdivision into two areas of colour lends greater emphasis to the overall impression of flatness. While the lower section - the powerful mechanical unit - is dark, the upper area has been deliberately designed in lighter colours so as to reflect elegance and finesse. High performance, high tech, high value. The concept bike took concrete shape on the premises of Roland Sands - just under an hour away from Newbury Park amid the heartland of the Los Angeles custom bike scene. In close collaboration with the BMW Motorrad design team, Roland Sands assembled the exclusive parts of the "Concept 101" at his own workshops.