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Watch Ewan McGregor ride Moto Guzzi V85 TT

Call us sceptics, but we wonder whether a stunt rider did some of the riding for Ewan McGregor in this Moto Guzzi promotional video for the new V85 TT.

It was filmed in southern Sardinia to promote the launch of the bike and Ewan as the bike’s ambassador.

Ambassador McGregor 

Ewan has been a brand ambassador for Moto Guzzi for a few years now.

He says his father had a Moto Guzzi and he has several old California cruisers in his motorcycle collection.

In a previous Moto Guzzi promo video, Ewan rides a cruiser.

Ewan isn’t as skilful off-road as Charley who competed in the 2006 Dakar Rally, which makes us wonder about the riding in the V85 TT video.

His ambassador role is also one of the reasons preventing him from doing a proposed Long Way Up tour of South and North America with longtime friend Charley Boorman.

While the pair rode BMWs in their 2004 Long Way Round and 2007 Long Way Down, they are now ambassadors for different companies.

Charley has been brand ambassador for Triumph for several years.

In 2015, Ewan said he may ride from California to the tip of South America on a Moto Guzzi Stelvio. That never happened and the Stelvio was retired a year later.

Now Moto Guzzi has replaced it with the V85 TT, so there is at least a suitable adventure bike for Ewan to ride.Ewan McGregor Moto Guzzi V85TT Long Way Up on Moto Guzzi and Triumph

If Triumph and Moto Guzzi could come to an understanding, the pair could team up together again and ride different bikes.

Both companies have much to win from such a joint effort and a lot to lose — remember Charley’s tantrum when KTM pulled their support for Long Way Round!

However, Charley told us last year that Ewan’s relationship with Moto Guzzi would not necessarily foil their plans:

We’ve been talking about it a long time and if the stars align we will do something like a Long Way up from Tierra Del Fuego to Alaska in the next couple of years. It really is close now. Ewan’s always had a loose relationship with Moto Guzzi so there’s no conflict there.

Charley Boorman answers questions from readers writer Ewan McGregor Moto Guzzi V85TT Long Way Up on Moto Guzzi and Triumph
MBW with Charley Boorman

Long Way Back

It’s been a long time between trips for Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman.

From 14 April 2004 to 29 July 2004, they rode across Europe and the USA in Long Way Round and from 12 May to 4 August 2007 they rode from the top of Scotland to Cape Town in South Africa for Long Way Down.

With Ewan becoming increasingly busy with Hollywood movies, Charley squeezed in the 2006 Dakar rally for his series, Race to Dakar, and has produced several other travel shows.

We’d love to see the pair ride the Americas on a V85TT and a Triumph Scrambler 1200.

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Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4

Ducati has finally confirmed that it will produce a naked version of the Panigale V4, called the Streetfighter V4, from March 2020.

The company made the announcement over night as it unveiled its Streetfighter V4 prototype to race the famous Pikes Peak International Hillclimb on 30 June 2019.

Ducati says that “as part of the development process of the new model, the ‘Race to the Clouds’ has been identified as an ideal proving ground for testing the high performance of the Streetfighter V4”.

The company has won the Colorado hillclimb three times in 2011 and 2011 with the Multistrada 1200 and last year with the Multistrada 1260.

They celebrated with Pikes Peak versions of these models.

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Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak

In its official release, Ducati says the Streetfighter V4 “derives directly from the sporty Panigale V4 stripped of its fairings, and fitted with high and wide handlebars”.

One of the prerequisites for motorcycles in the hillclimb is that they do not have clip-on handlebars.

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It’s been no secret that Ducati has been working on a Streetfighter V4, but they still have some secrets.

While Ducati has not released any tech specs on the prototype, the race-trim engine is expected to have more power than the Panigale V4’s 213 horsepower (158kW).

“The high performance of the 1100cm³ Desmosedici Stradale is kept in hand by aerodynamic profiles specifically designed for this model,” Ducati says.

However, the street production version may be a little tamer, although probably still more than the Aprilia Tuono’s 173hp (129kW).

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Panigale V4 R

“The prototype will race with a ‘pixelated’ livery, designed by the Centro Stile Ducati; unlike the normal practice with prototypes, the livery does not hide the lines, but exalts them by deliberately revealing how the bike will finally look, “Ducati says.

There is not a lot of difference to the Panigale V4.

Gone is the windscreen and full fairing, although there is still a fair amount of aero bodywork for a naked bike. The rear of the bike looks very similar.Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4

The biggest difference is in the short nose cone with very discrete “eyes” as LED headlights. Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4

Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali confirms that the Streetfighter V4 will be “one of the stars of the Ducati World Premiere 2020”.

“Streetfighter V4 is the Panigale for road riding; so there was no better stage than the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for what will be the highest performance Streetfighter ever put into production,” he says.

The bike will be presented to the public at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November and will be available in Ducati dealerships from mid-March 2020.

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BMW Motorrad serious about hybrid drive

BMW Motorrad seems pretty serious about building a two-wheeled version of the hybrid Toyota Prius with yet another patent filing for hybrid drive.

Their latest patent filing shows the hybrid-drive battery for the electric motor located in the fuel tank.two=whee-drive patent serious

While that would sacrifice fuel range, the hybrid drive system would make up for some of the range.

It also appears the battery may be removable so you can make full use of the tank’s full capacity.

In 2017, BMW filed these simplistic hybrid patent drawings with the German patent office, although they were not released until February this year.Hybrid drive serious

These two patent filings would make the motorcycle a two-wheeled version of the hybrid Toyota Prius which is powered by both an electric motor and a conventional fuel-powered engine.

The first filing was for an electric motor and boxer engine both delivering power to the rear wheel.

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Hybrid drive patent drawing

They would be connected by a planetary gear system with a torque-limiting slip clutch on the electric motor driving the crank.

The electric motor would also function as a starter motor and generator, converting mechanical power from the boxer engine into electricity.

Being a hybrid-drive system, BMW could reduce the size of the boxer engine and appease stringent Euro 5 emissions targets due in 2020.

Serious pranksters

On April Fool’s Day, 2017, BMW announced a two-wheel-drive version of its R 1200 GS Adventure.

They called it xDrive Hybrid, but it was for a two-wheel-drive motorcycle, not a hybrid-powered bike.

At the time, BMW Motorrad Australia GM Andreas Lundgren said there was a “very thin border between fact and fiction in their pranks … the concept is plausible”.

The Bavarian jokesters are famous for their April Fool’s Day jokes, having begun running spoof advertisements on April 1 in the early 1980s.

BMW’s marketing department says April Fool jokes are “designed to teeter on the verge of credibility” and often focus on a new and revolutionary piece of technology, but “push the idea just beyond the plausible.”

Some of their other April 1 pranks were a self-cleaning car, remote-inflatable tyres, dog-repellent bumpers, tyres that melted snow and a self-driving car that follows you when you go for a jog.

However, BMW may still be serious about a two-wheel-drive adventure motorcycle in the future.

There have been several other two-wheel-drive motorcycles before, most notably Yamaha’s 2WD system called 2-TRAC. They used it to tackle the Dakar Rally but it never made it into mass production.

The idea is not dead yet with Yamaha, either. Their PES2 electric bike is 2WD and the Japanese company has filed a patent for a new 2WD system with an electric motor driving the front wheel.

Other 2WD products and concepts include the Christini dirt bikes, Suzuki Nuda concept, Rokon, Ural 2WD outfits and Australia’s own Drysdale stroker which was intended for the Australian Army.

But the biggest hint that BMW may actually be considering a 2WD bike comes from BMW accessories company Wunderlich

In 2016, they developed an electronic two-wheel-drive system for the R 1200 GS that also gives it a reverse gear.

The Wunderlich invention is basically a 7.6kW electric hub motor in the front wheel that neatly fits inside the ABS ring.

It sounds very similar to what BMW proposed in their 2017 April 1 press release and their patent filings.

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Triumph Street Scrambler at attractive price

Sad to say our attractive 2018 model Triumph Street Scrambler has done its duty and is being offered for sale at an equally attractive price.

It comes with more than $3000 worth of extras, has 17,000km on the odometer and is being offered at just $14,200, compared with $16,100 (+ORC) just a year ago.

We can even leave the “Motorbike Writer” stickers on, if you like!Triumph Street Scrambler video stream attractive

It’s been a wonderful machine, able to take on poor conditioned roads, roadworks and the urban jungle with ease.

I had to own the Street Scrambler ever since I reviewed it when it was released in 2017.

However, I like to change bikes every year or so to avoid boring you guys with the same motorcycle in our social media posts and website articles.

So it’s now up for sale. I can be contacted anytime on 0400 366620 for haggling or click here to send me an email.Dynamoto Motorcycle Stand attractive

Original Triumph accessories include:

  • Vance & Hines pipe: $1599.95
  • Pannier and rack: $364
  • Bar-end mirrors: $175
  • Engine protection bars: $199
  • Brown seat: $490
  • Grips: $50
  • Headlight grille: $94.95
  • Number board: $54.95
  • Padded brown bar brace: $95

Apart from its scheduled 1000km and 10,000km services, the only work it has needed was a new set of Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres a couple of months ago.

They still have plenty of rubber left and make the bike steer sharper, grip further out to the edge and provide good longitudinal grip on loose gravel or wet roads.

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Here is some of our original review together with additions to make it a long-term review:

The 900cc engine has exactly the right balance of power you need when negotiating difficult conditions such as slippery roads.

Thanks to a responsive, but not overly sensitive ride-by-wire throttle, the rider always feels in control.

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Welcome to Hell Hole Creek Rd!

The traction control works well to provide just a little bit of slip before smoothly cutting power and saving your bacon.

With traction control off, you can control power slides on dirt nicely thanks to the feel and feedback in the throttle. There is no sudden snatch and loss of traction.

There is also a smooth transition from idle to power on the throttle which makes a breeze of urban manoeuvring and tight, feet-up u-turns.

Coupled with one of the lightest clutches I’ve ever experienced and precise five-speed transmission, the Scrambler is a delight to use in heavy traffic.

First gear is a bit tall, but then the gears are spaced out up to fifth which sits comfortably at 3300 revs at highway speeds.

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That’s just above peak torque, so overtaking is simply a matter of winding on more throttle without having to changed down cogs.

You may only feel the need to search for the absent sixth gear if riding a European autobahn.

The standard mufflers on the first test bike I tried purred like a kitten.

However, the Vance & Hines provide a delicious growl that is purr-fectly legal. The compliance plate is underneath, in case the cops ask!

Economical

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One of the biggest surprises about the powertrain has been its economy.

It sits pretty consistently around 3.8L/100km which exactly matches the claimed figure.

Around town, I have even got it as low as a remarkable 3.4L/100km. 

Even with a smaller 12-litre tank, range is close to 300km with the fuel light coming on about 230/240km.

The Street Scrambler not only goes well, but stops strongly with a single 310mm disc up front.

Its ABS is non-intrusive and is even very effective on dirt and wet roads.

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Stunning bike, stunning scenery!

Features

The switchgear is excellent quality and the instruments have a comprehensive range of information available: Odo, two trips, average and instant economy, range and clock.

At night, the instruments look very attractive with a clear, pale blue light.Triumph Street Scrambler attractive

The original two-piece seat has a comfortable suede-look covering that is surprisingly easy to keep clean.

I sent the rider’s seat off to John Moorhouse at Ergo Seats to give it some extra stuffing so it’s now even more comfortable.

I usually ride with the solo seat and the original aluminium rack on the back.

In Queensland, you can also remove the pillion pegs and register it as a solo bike to halve your annual rego fee. I kept the rego as two-up.

When I want to look really cool or take part in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, I attach the brown one-piece seat. attractive seat street scrambler

The single waxed-cotton pannier is attractive and weatherproof.

It will hold the daily groceries and enough luggage for a few days away if you pack light, like me.attractive seat street scrambler

Handling

Suspension on the Street Scrambler is on the firm-but-fair side.

Yet the forks and twin shocks have enough give to iron out corrugations and keep the wheels on the ground to prevent fork chatter.

The firm rear shocks prevent loss of traction under acceleration or braking and prevent bottoming out on big hits or two up.

Despite the 19-inch front wheel, this bike steers fairly quickly. Even better now with the Pirelli rubber.

2018 Triumph Street ScramblerTriumph Bonneville 900 Street Scrambler attractive

  • Our price: $14,200
  • Original 2018 price: $15,900 plus on-roads (Jet Black, Khaki Green), $16,100 (Korosi Red, Frozen Silver)
  • 2019 model price: $16,200 (+ORC)
  • Engine: Liquid cooled, 8-valve, SOHC, 270° crank, 900cc parallel twin
  • Bore x Stroke: 84.6 x 80mm
  • Compression: 10.55:1
  • Power: 40.5kW @ 6000rpm
  • Torque: 80Nm @ 2850rpm
  • Transmission: wet, multi-plate assist clutch, 5-speed, chain drive, clutch assist
  • Chassis: Tubular steel cradle frame, twin steel swingarm
  • Wheels: 19 x 2.5in; 17 x 4.25in steel spoked
  • Tyres: 100/90-19; 150/70 R17
  • Suspension: KYB 41mm forks, 120 mm travel; KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120mm travel
  • Brakes: 310mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper; 255 mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper; ABS
  • Width: 831mm
  • Seat: 790mm
  • Wheelbase: 1446mm
  • Rake/trail: 25.6º/109mm
  • Dry weight: 206kg
  • Tank: 12 litres
  • Economy: 3.8l/100km (claimed and tested)

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Yamaha unveils battery swap electric scooter

Battery swap technology has received a boost with Yamaha unveiling their EC-05 electric scooter with Gogoro lithium-ion battery packs you can easily swap at a convenient roadside vending machine.

The Yamaha scooter is a partnership with Taiwanese scooter company Gogoro Global.

Taiwan seems to be the epicentre of swappable battery tech with Kymco last year releasing their Ionex electric scooter with similar-sized battery packs.

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Kymco Ionex battery swap vending machines

Old battery swap tech

Battery swap technology is not new. In 1938, British company Battery Traction Ltd came up with the idea, but it was sidelined by World War II.

Better Place also suggested the idea for cars in 2008 and went broke in 2013.

Kymco proposes battery swap scheme
Better Place battery switch station in Israel

Several car companies have also dabbled with the idea, but canned it because their batteries are too big.

However, Tesla has patented a robot that can charge an electric car’s battery in 15 minutes and some small electric city cars can swap batteries in under a minute.

Now it seems battery swap technology is back on the drawing board, at least for motorcycles and scooters where the batteries are small and light enough for a rider to carry.

Yamaha Gogoro battery swap electric scooter
Gogoro battery swap vending machine

Yamaha was also recently believed to be co-operating with the other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers to standardise electric motorcycle and scooter technology, including charging infrastructure and swappable battery packs.

Yamaha EC-05Yamaha Gogoro battery swap electric scooter

In the case of the Yamaha EC-05 and Kymco Ionex, they fit two lithium-ion batteries about the size of half a briefcase.

There is no technical information on their weight, but the images suggest they are not that heavy as they are carried by a skinny young woman.

They even have a similar handle on top and can be bought from convenient roadside vending machines or charged at home.

Yamaha hopes to start delivering their scooters from August but initially only in Taiwan where there are already more than 1000 battery swap vending machines.Yamaha Gogoro battery swap electric scooter

It will only be a matter of time before they are available in other countries. Gogoro already sells its electric scooters in Europe.

Meanwhile, Yamaha is developing its own electric motorcycles and scooters as recent patent drawings show.

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Yamaha electric sportsbike patent drawings

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Ducati tease Pikes Peak V4 streetfighter

Ducati has issued a teaser video of what is expected to be a naked version of its V4 Panigale to tackle the annual pikes Peak Hill Hillclimb.

The video below doesn’t reveal much, but says “more to come” on June 13, which is a couple of weeks before the famous Colorado hillclimb.

Pikes Peak edition

Ducati has won the prestigious international hillclimb on several occasions and has subsequently released several Multistrada Pikes Peak editions.

So we expect the same this time with a new production model.

A couple of weeks ago, Drop Dead Gorgeous magazine released spy photos of a naked V4 being track tested.

Ducati naked V4
Image: Drop Dead Gorgeous magazine

The blurry images showed the V4 headlight, bellypan like an Aprilia Tuono and street fighter bars rather than clip-ons.

It should be noted that the Pikes Peak Hillclimb on June 30 2019 does not allow bikes with clip-ons.

Ducati wouldn’t go to so much effort to produce a bike just for one race, so we believe a production version will be unveiled on June 13.

The other clue of an impending production model is what looks like a number plate holder on the back of the bike in this photo.

Ducati naked V4
Image: Drop Dead Gorgeous magazine

The Pikes Peak racer is bound to harness the full might of the 213 horsepower (158kW) 1103cc V4 engine and maybe even more!

However, the street version may be a little tamer, although probably still more than the Aprilia Tuono’s 173hp (129kW).

After all, the Italian companies are quite competitive on and off the track.

Naked V4

There has been a lot of talk about a naked version of its V4 Panigale for some time.

In February, Italian design company Officine GP Design unveiled a custom V4 Penta.

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Ducati V4 Penta

However, don’t expect that girder-style fork on the production model!

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Will Yamaha put electric spark in R1?

Some bright spark at Yamaha has filed patent designs that seem to indicate they are planning an electric sports bike that looks a lot like the R1.

So far Yamaha has only released the PES1 (Passion Electric Street) road bike and PED1 (Passion Electric Dirt) off-roader for limited sale, mainly in Europe.

However, the new design shows that they are considering adding an electric spark to more models than just an R1-styled sports bike.

There is also talk of electric scooters and we suspect an electric version of the three-wheeler Niken.

Bright spark

These new patent designs are not really concerned with the type of the bike, but where the charging socket will go.

Some drawings show the plug socket in the traditional place where a fuel tank filler would be. They also show a socket in the instruments and nose cone.

Will Yamaha put electric spark in R1?
Plug socket in nose cone

After all, it could be located anywhere on an electric bike, so long as it is convenient.

Yamaha recently joined with fellow Japanese manufacturers Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki to standardise electric motorcycle technology such as batteries and charging infrastructure.

That would mean plugs on bikes and sockets on charging points would suit all electric motorcycle models.

That could be what this patent is about, rather than just designs for an electric version of the R1.

It seems everyone is now considering electric motorcycles and scooters.

In the past few weeks we have seen announcements and patent designs from traditional motorcycle companies such as Triumph, KTM, BMW, Buell and Kawasaki.

Ducati has even allowed a Chinese company to use their brand name on an electric scooter.

Ducati Super SOCO electric scooters $5000 spark
Ducati Super SOCO electric scooter

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Long Way Up on Moto Guzzi and Triumph?

There are two things that have prevented Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman completing their proposed Long Way Up tour of South and North America.

There is the fact that Ewan is so busy with Hollywood movies he can’t afford a few months off and there is also the fact that Ewan is ambassador for Moto Guzzi and Charley is ambassador for Triumph.

The pair rode BMWs in their 2004 Long Way Round and 2007 Long Way Down.

In 2015, Ewan said he may ride from California to the tip of South America on a Moto Guzzi Stelvio. That never happened and the Stelvio was retired a year later.

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Ewan tries the sleeping arrangements on the V85TT!

Now Moto Guzzi has replaced it with the V85TT which Ewan recently rode in Southern Sardinia.

If Triumph and Moto Guzzi could come to an understanding, the pair could team up together again and ride different bikes.

Both companies have much to win from such a joint effort and a lot to lose — remember Charley’s tantrum when KTM pulled their support for Long Way Round!

However, Charley told us last year that Ewan’s relationship with Moto Guzzi would not necessarily foil their plans:

We’ve been talking about it a long time and if the stars align we will do something like a Long Way up from Tierra Del Fuego to Alaska in the next couple of years. It really is close now. Ewan’s always had a loose relationship with Moto Guzzi so there’s no conflict there.

Charley Boorman answers questions from readers writer Ewan McGregor Moto Guzzi V85TT Long Way Up on Moto Guzzi and Triumph
MBW with Charley Boorman

Long Way Back

It’s been a long time between trips for Ewan and Charley.

From 14 April 2004 to 29 July 2004, they rode across Europe and the USA in Long Way Round and from 12 May to 4 August 2007 they rode from the top of Scotland to Cape Town in South Africa for Long Way Down.

With Ewan becoming increasingly busy with Hollywood movies, Charley squeezed in the 2006 Dakar rally for his series, Race to Dakar, and has produced several other travel shows.

We’d love to see the pair ride the Americas on a V85TT and a Triumph Scrambler 1200.

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KTM plans to make electric motorbikes in India

KTM has been in no hurry to get into electric motorbikes with only the Freeride E (pictured above) in production since 2015.

However, that could soon change with the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer combining with Indian vehicle manufacturer Bajaj Auto to develop a common 48-volt platform for electric two-wheelers.

They won’t be big road motorcycles, but scooters and mopeds with power from just 3kW to 10kW with production to begin in Pune by 2022.

In 2015, KTM decided to shelve plans to go into production with their Speed-E electric concept scooter.

Now that could be brought back with this new Baja venture.

KTM E-SPEED electric scooter
KTM E-SPEED electric scooter

Electric motorbikes?

It is not the first joint project with Bajaj as they already produce several KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles for the world market.

KTM Industries AG holds almost 52% of KTM AG and Bajaj has the remaining holding.

KTM global product marketing manager Diego Arioli said they would not get into electric motorbikes until they had a “decent range”.

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KTM E-SPEED electric scooter

Diego says if they had kicked off their EV program with big electric motorbikes, customers would expect more range.

“We don’t want to stretch the technology now but as soon as it is right for what they need we will be ready for the market,” he said.

“It also has to fit into our ‘Ready to Race’ motto.”

KTM Freeride SM
KTM Freeride

The Freeride is not imported to Australia and has had limited success in Europe.

There are two versions of the Freeride E, the SX racer and the road-legal XC aimed at commuters and learners.

Prices are €10,995 for the SX (about $14,100) and €11,295 for the XC (about $14,500).

The Freeride E weighs only 104kg and features both brakes on the handlebars like a bicycle as there is no clutch lever.

The company hopes those controls will be familiar to cyclists who it hopes to win over for commuting.

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BMW patents electric scooter with roof

BMW’s infamous C1 scooter with a roof looks like it might be back on the drawing board, according to these 2017 patent drawings which have just surfaced.

The German company currently has five scooters: the C 650 GT, C 650 Sport, C 400 X and C 400 GT, plus the C Evolution electric scooter which has not yet been imported to Australia.

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BMW C Evolution electric scooter

These patent drawings show what looks like a detachable roof with rear storage area on the electric scooter, but it may also be adapted for the petrol-powered models.

It could even be retrofitted to current models.

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Retrofit roof

This is not the first time BMW has thought about bringing back the scooter roof. In 2009, BMW’s first electric scooter was the roofed C1-E concept, powered by a Vectrix motor.

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C1-E concept

Roof failure

The whole idea of a motorcycle or scooter is to experience freedom from the cage of cars.

Adding a roof to a motorcycle or scooter not only looks ridiculous, but also makes it heavier and more unwieldy to ride because of its high centre of gravity.

Old C1 scooters can still be seen in crowded European cities such as Paris, but it was a dismal flop around the rest of the civilised world.

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C1

The idea was to attract car drivers to two wheels. In some countries, riders of the C1 were even allowed to go helmet-less!

Given the sales flop of the C1 which was only built from 2000 to 2002, you have to ask why BMW would consider its reintroduction?

Hopefully, the BMW patent doesn’t give safety nannies the idea that the introduction of a scooter with a protective cage and seatbelt is the answer to two-wheeled injuries and deaths.

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Riderless C1 being tested

British company AB Dynamics has already used an old BMW C1 to develop by a self-riding scooter to “help improve motorcycle safety” and prove that motorcycles can interact with autonomous vehicles. 

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