Friday, May 22, 2015

BMW Concept 101 is a beautifully built K1600GT-based bagger

Beautifully finished, with a special paintjob, wood, aluminium and carbonfibre trim and that 1600cc six-cylinder engine, the BMW Concept 101 is a rolling piece of art

Back in 2012, Honda had unveiled the F6B bagger, a stripped-out version of their Gold Wing luxe-tourer. And now, BMW have gone down the same road with the Concept 101, a K1600GT-based 'bagger.' Unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, on the shores of Lake Como in Italy, the BMW Concept 101 is powered by BMW's 1649cc inline-six and was built by BMW Motorrad engineers, in collaboration with Roland Sands Design, in Los Angeles. The name 'Concept 101' comes from the bike's engine capacity - 1649cc is approximately equivalent to 101 cubic inches.

'The Concept 101 is BMW Motorrad's interpretation of endless highways and the dream of freedom and independence - the perfect embodiment of American touring. To me, the Concept 101 is the epitome of elegance, power and luxury on two wheels,' says Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design. We wanted to build a high-performance, emotional and highly exclusive 6-cylinder motorcycle that would make every ride a special experience. A bike that would make the moment so special, you would forget your destination,' adds Ola Stenegard, Head of Vehicle Design BMW Motorrad.

Long, low and cool, the BMW Concept 101 features a customised paintjob, brushed aluminium, carbonfibre and polished wood inserts on the bodyword, leather seat, modified fairing and windscreen and dozens of other custom-built bits and bobs. Looks rather good, we have to say. Now let's see if BMW will actually put this thing into production.
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