BMW 9cento Concept Unveiled, Could Preview New Adventure Sport Bike

BMW has used the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to showcase concepts such as the Gran Lusso Coupe and Zagato Coupe but this year the company is using the annual event to unveil the 9cento.

Created by BMW Motorrad, the 9cento is a concept motorcycle which has been designed to be the “ideal sports touring bike.” The company also hinted the model provides a “look ahead to what an exciting new Adventure Sport model might look like.”

While BMW stopped short of confirming plans for production, the 9cento is a stylish looking motorcycle which has ‘hovering’ side panels, a carefully sculpted fuel tank and a number of aluminum components which are milled in the direction of the front wheel. Since the bike has been designed with touring in mind, the company also installed a windscreen to provide protection against the elements.

Speaking of practicality, the bike has an “innovative storage space concept” with a clip-on element that can be attached to the rear of the motorcycle. Depending on what drivers need, they can install a rear passenger seat or a storage case.

BMW was tight-lipped about specifications but they confirmed the concept has a carbon fiber reinforced plastic frame and a milled aluminum rear carrier. The bike also has a touring-focused suspension with plenty of travel to ensure comfort and a “sense of light-footedness.”

According to BMW Motorrad Head of Design, Edgar Heinrich, “We’ve created a bike that combines the appropriate power with reliable sports touring properties and above all lots of riding fun, so it’s an attractive overall package. It brings together the best of the sports, adventure and touring segments to produce an exciting concept – in a class which has not seen this kind of model from BMW before.”

Besides the bike, designers developed two jackets to go along with the concept. Both are constructed out of Kevlar and leather but one has an “urban chic” look while the other is more striking and sporty.

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  • ace_9

    I would not drive such a dangerous car. It is literally just a seat on an engine with two strangely thin wheels. Not very practical I would say. What are they thinking in BMW? How do you even stop on such a thing? It must fall on the side. Is this a new 0 series? 😮

  • benT

    why such poor photography?
    Shots in to the sun obviate the value of having a picture at all.
    Just sun glare, that’s all.
    Give us clear shot – the only thing you need to do is stand on the other side of the bike, or take it out of the late afternoon/early morning sun.

  • javier

    adventure sport bike lol . Way to make up a category

  • TheHake

    “in a class which has not seen this kind of model from BMW before” Uhm… except for the S1000XR, which this is based on.

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