BMW Concept C Scooter First Look

November 2, 2010
Bryan Harley
Bryan Harley
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BMW Concept C Scooter
With sporty, aggressive styling that transcends the scooter realm and high-tech features like LCD monitors connected to two rear-facing video cameras in the place of sideview mirrors, the BMW Concept C Scooter has the potential to make an immediate impact in the scooter sector.
BMW Concept C Scooter

BMW Motorrad is getting serious about entering the scooter market. Today the German marque unveiled what it touts as “The scooter of the future made by BMW Motorrad” at the EICMA in Milan. BMW seeks to capitalize on the rise of popularity in scooters as viable commuting machines for their efficiency and ability to navigate city streets that are getting more congested every year. BMW also listed riders looking to return to the two-wheeled world after a period of absence from riding as a potential target audience. BMW says the “C” in its name stands for commuter.  

With the introduction of its first full-sized, high-displacement scooter, BMW breaks into a new product segment. The BMW Concept C Scooter is the first of two innovative premium scooters it is looking to produce as the manufacturer additionally hints it will also be entering the electric scooter segment with the MINI Scooter E concept. The scooters will be produced in the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin.

One look is all it takes to realize this new scoot is all BMW. The bodywork bears striking lines that are signature BMW, including a “split-face” front fairing and a twin-tipped front spoiler. It features a close-cut, speeder-style windscreen that appears to be electronically adjustable via a button on the left handlebar. Below it, an LED headlamp is integrated into the face panel. Its front fender also sports an aggressive, aerodynamic cut. It has bash plates on its sides with air intakes adopted from the BMW GS and side panels that sweep up to the elevated rear section. The angular lines formed by the front fairing continue in the cut of the side panels as well. The Concept C Scooter is also draped in the company’s unmistakable hues, from what it calls its black

BMW Concept C Scooter
The cockpit of BMW’s Concept C Scooter gives us a glance into the future of what standard instrument clusters may become. If you look closely below the lip of the scooter’s pillion below, you’ll see the two rear-facing video cameras that will give riders a view of what’s going on behind them.  
BMW Concept C Scooter

chromium suspension and frame components to its aluminum chromium, silver and blue bodywork. Even the tires sport crazy treads and flanks of blue.

The high-displacement scooter will be powered by a new, two-cylinder inline engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). How much power this baby is going to put out has yet to be disclosed, but BMW states it wants performance to be towards the top end of the segment, so we anticipate it will at least be in the range of Kymco’s Xciting 500RI or Piaggio’s MP3 if not larger. Spent gases will be expelled through a short, sporty muffler mounted on the scooter’s right side.

The front’s exterior features a monolever mechanism with a hollowed-out shaft connected to a suspension strut, while actual suspension duties will be controlled by an upside-down fork. Damping duties on the rear will be controlled by a horizontally mounted single spring. The BMW Concept C Scooter also features a single-sided swingarm which leaves the sharp-looking five-spoke cast wheel in plain view. Braking duties are the responsibility of twin disc brakes with two radial calipers on the front and a single disc on the rear. The braking package includes ABS.

An attractive cockpit is infused with plenty of high-tech features. Rear view mirrors in the minds of BMW R&D are blasé, replaced by two LCD monitors connected to two rear-facing video cameras mounted right below the seat. Road speed, engine speed, and other data will be

BMW Concept C Scooter
Ergos on the BMW Concept C Scooter look about as upright and rider-friendly as you can get.

displayed on a third LCD mounted in the center of the cockpit. There are settings for trip meters, audio and another map display that looks to be a built-in GPS.

Riding position on BMW’s concept step-thru scoot appears to be comfortably upright. No storage capacity is listed, but we’ll wager it will have an underseat compartment to stash necessities. Being in the conceptual stage, MSRP and when it might be available to the public remain trade secrets, but we’ll pass along further information as it filters in.

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