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BMW Concept C Scooter First Look

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
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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Dharmaraj   September 22, 2011 12:03 AM
Looking Very nice. How much cost in FOB Chennai ?
Doug -Scooter Guy  January 23, 2011 01:07 PM
I hope this pushes Suzuki to revise the tired Burgman 650.. believe they could leapfrog the BMW if they choose..

Joe Kuhn -Rider  January 16, 2011 10:42 AM
I ride a Suzuki 650 cc Burgman. Of all the scooters on the market,it suits me best. In particular, interstate performance, automatic transmission, confortable riding position with plenty of room for my feet and legs. It is more comfortable than the Honda Goldwing that I had. I rode it from Tennesse to Seattle. However, it is far from perfect and I would like to replace it. In no particular order, here are the features I would like to see in the new BMW scooter: a neutral position for the transmission; usable windshield, 6 gallon fuel tank; luggage storage; cruise control; audio system; nav system; analog instruments instead of LCD displays. These are all areas where the Burgman comes up short.
milwaukee mike -BMW/Honda  December 7, 2010 11:14 AM
Sort of a german version of the honda DN-01.
Well metrics seem to copy other metrics; nothing new here.
Ronasrides -The has to be right  November 30, 2010 10:43 AM
I have to agree with George 82. The BMW could be a cool scooter to have but, what about the price. BMW motorcycles are not cheap and if there scooter is close to the motorcycle prices. Heck, I'll just get a BMW motorcycle. Infact I am looking at cycles anyway. A lot of the Maxi scooters are right up there with motorcycle prices. So for power and saftey (wheel base) It's a motorcycle for me.
King Briscuit -Bring it on!!  November 16, 2010 10:17 AM
Make sure the saddle is as wide and comfortable as the RT. Make sure the underseat capacity is as large as the Burgman and that there are touring/case options. Make sure the windshield options can make this scooter tour worthy. Don't hold back the displacement!! I want this thing to be as fast as the Gilera GP800 but without a chain drive!!
Tobias -This is not BM's first venture into the scooter world  November 11, 2010 07:50 PM
X9 Evo rider -No centerstand?  November 5, 2010 05:19 AM
Nice scooter. I know its only a concept scooter but where is the centerstand? With a CVT transmission you can not run the engine with the side stand extended for safety reasons.
George 82 -Make it but with a competitive price  November 2, 2010 04:05 PM
BMW always makes great bikes and this scooter will most likely be very good but it will have a BMW price! I just dont think people will buy this scooter. Less and less people buy scooters from the big four Japanese brands. They just choose a Korean or Chinese scooter. With the current economy in America and other parts of the world, I wonder who is going to throw money for a expensive scooters. If people consider to buy this they will also consider a motorcycle with bigger diameter wheels for safety and stability. Bottom line. Scooter are popular because they are cheap to buy and cheap to run, and this scooter will not be cheap to buy.
Maxx -Make It  November 2, 2010 01:16 PM
Make it but make it with a lower or adjustable seat height. I did not realize how much of a problem seat height on scooter were until I took my wife out to purchase one. One salesman told me I was the 4th person to bring a lady in that week, only to find out the seats were too high for them. The fun thing is, I cannot find a lowering kit for scooter? This would be awesome for beach and movie runs.