BMW Vision DC Roadster- The next generation of Boxers

Discussion in 'Electric Motorcycles' started by SidewinderX, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this! Super Supporter

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  2. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist More Gelände less Straße

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    This may become one of the Road Warriors in some not so near future... :D
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    can an E-bike technically ever be a boxer? I always hoped the Electrified GS would fill the jugs with battery cells to retain the look.
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    Cool, but should be in Road Warriors. Has no business in Boxers.
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    side-burn Been here awhile

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    It is interesting they are trying to keep the iconic form when they really don’t have to. Not a boxer though just because it has “jugs” :lol3
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    Lead Wrist More Gelände less Straße

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    I'd call that E thingy "wannabe" boxer if "jugs" are actually battery packs... :lol3

    If there are no pistons moving horizontally inside the engine, as boxers would punch each other thus the name, I guess technically we won't have a "boxer" engine per se no moar... :D
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    While there are some interesting elements in the design, this effort just shows how lame we poor stupid humans are. We apparently can't wrap our heads around anything that is unfamiliar, so companies make things look familiar to keep us interested. This attempt was a stretch too far.

    From a design perspective, there is simply no justification to retain any boxer-like form. None. Making a big deal about the 'boxer' side pods in this concept bike is the height of absurdity and makes us, the potential buyers, the butt of the joke. Did they try to add boxer styling to the S-1000 bikes? No. That would make no sense. It makes less sense here.

    Besides, it's just a concept. We're playing into BMW's plan to generate buzz, over a concept bike that will likely never see production. Show us something you're willing to sell, BMW! If you're going to try for a design where form follows function, can you at least accentuate a function a little more exciting than a pair of cooling fans? Seriously - get some perspective! And pleasepleaseplease forget all those Transformer movies you studied so intently!!!

    On an EM there is no engine to figure prominently in a visual sense. The only motion worth concern is the armature and the wheels. Since the functions of the vehicle are greatly simplified, there's not much function left in the vehicle itself to follow with form.

    So don't. Focus on the form more for its own sake. If there is a function to follow, make it authentic. Since there's not all that monkey-motion, sucking and blowing going on in an engine to try to romanticize, concentrate on the more fundamental attraction of the EM - its heightened purity of travel through space and time.

    Stop thinking about all the mechanicalness that is no longer there - it's useless history. It could not possibly be less relevant. Stop thinking about Transformers and start thinking, as an example, about updating Raymond Loewy's design sense to today's world. The style of the mid-20th-century is long out of fashion today, but his sense of line, form and proportion are timeless - and transcend style. (His 1953 Studebaker Commander Starliner coupe was called the most beautiful car of all time when it was released, and was later cited as a milestone by the Museum of Modern Art. It's still stunning today. http://www.vaultcars.com/1953-studebaker-starliner-coupe)

    An EM is much more of a blank canvas than an ICE motorcycle. Any attempt to connect it to the limitations of the ICE past are going to look contrived at best. Start thinking about form that follows the function of transporting us. With a clearer sense of direction, you won't end up with the visual gibberish you've shown here. (Why do I think this lame idea for 'boxer' styling came out of the Marketing department, not the Styling center?)
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  9. T.S.Zarathustra

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    I'd prefer Craig Vetter influenced design.
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