For a foreign language in school, I took French — nine years of French, to be precise. Knowing the “Language of Diplomacy” doesn’t help one too much in the motorcycle industry, which is dominated by Spanish and Italian speakers, and it certainly doesn’t help one when dealing with the newest release from BMW Motorrad.
Like the Alsace-Lorraine in 1940, we were surprised today by a secret that the Germans had been keeping from us, the BMW Concept Roadster. A boxer-twin powered streetfighter (125hp / 92 lbs•ft), BMW says that the Concept Roadster is an expression that “motorcycling is much more than just perfect function.”
Equipped with a single-sided swingarm, driveshaft, LED headlight, and tubular steel frame, the BMW Concept Roadster sounds on paper a lot like the BMW’s we are used to, but one look at the styling of the concept betrays that thought, and we like that.
Debuting at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014, the same venue that BMW Motorrad launched the BMW Concept Ninety at, there seems to be a strong indication that the high-octane roadster could find its way into production.
Careful examination of the BMW Concept Roadster reveals a single-piece self-supporting machined-aluminum subframe, and a bevy of other milled aluminum pieces. The element that will really catch your eye though is the Roadster’s engine spoiler.
BMW says that the spoiler not only serves an aerodynamic purpose, but also incorporates the entire front silencer for the exhaust.
“Along with the short, steep tailpipe of the exhaust system, the engine spoiler concentrates form and function around the engine. In doing so it emphasises the compact, dynamic statement of the side as well as the short rear,” says the BMW Motorrad description.
We aren’t quite sure what that means, but we have a bevy of photos for you to peruse below. To us, this looks like a brutal, edgy, and wicked machine. We need one in our garage.
However, let us know what your thoughts about the BMW Concept Roadster in the comments. Too avant-garde for the Aerostich consortium, or spot-on two-wheeled fun?
Source: BMW Motorrad