Concept BMW Lo Rider
The BMW Lo Rider – sporty, purist roadster
study with an individually variable design. Purist,
powerful, unfaired and reduced to the absolute essentials
– these few words provide an incomplete description
of the BMW Lo Rider, the new concept study by BMW
Motorrad. At fi rst sight, the focus would seem to
on the creation of a roadster with a muscular appearance,
openly displayed technology and powerful fl at twin
engine for pure emotion and maximum motorcycling fun.
But behind all this is in fact a completely new custom
The bike’s low weight, the powerful and high-torque
fl at twin engine and high-quality chassis technology
give it a high level of sporty riding dynamics, while
the lowered chassis and the relaxed yet active seating
position with the broad handlebars are more of a loan
from cruisers and naked bikes. The concept is such
that, for the fi rst time, the customer can be involved
in the design of the BMW Lo Rider to an extent which
goes beyond what has previously been possible to date.
Numerous options including different exhaust systems,
seats, headlamp units and paint fi nish variations
allow for a level of customisation which is far greater
than the familiar individualisation by means of special
equipment features and accessories. This means that
the entire character of the vehicle can be adapted
to the customer’s individual taste: the customer
can take full pleasure in assembling a machine just
as he wants it – from a cool cruiser to an aggressive
An overview of the conceptual highlights
• Combines current technology with modern
and classic stylistic elements.
• Design elements can be individually combined
by the customer.
• Raised or lowered exhaust system, as preferred.
• Seat for one or two as preferred, or aluminium
• Headlamp unit in classic shape or in streetfi
ghter style, as preferred.
• Fuel tank with or without aluminium trim,
• Four paint fi nishes for the fuel tank.
• Three paint fi nishes for the engine casing.
• Front and rear wheel wings fi nished either
in black or chrome, as preferred.
Leading the way with concept studies –
a BMW Motorrad tradition.
BMW Motorrad has a tradition of coming up with new
ways and ideas when it comes to motorcycling. Fascinating
studies and designs have been produced in the past
using ideas which then found their way into serial
production. But studies by BMW Motorrad are about
more than just trying to develop a motorcycle which
has not existed in a given form before. In addition
to functions and quality, BMW developers focus on
the emotional component – the connection between
man and motorcycle. The guiding principle is that
a motorcycle should not just function perfectly but
should also appeal to all the riders’ senses
simultaneously, arouse an emotional response in him
and fill him with enthusiasm at every moment –
when stationary and when moving, as a whole and in
its detail. In short: it has to light the fire.
Emotion through interaction – individualisation
With the BMW Lo Rider study presented at the EICMA
in Milan, BMW Motorrad is not just demonstrating a
continuation of this policy but is in fact taking
a signifi cant step forward in focusing on the interaction
between man and motorcycle. The idea is that for the
fi rst time, the customer should be interactively
involved in the design of his BMW – going far
beyond the familiar adding of special equipment features
and accessories. The customer is to be given the opportunity
to be much more deeply involved in the design of the
Lo Rider from the outset, creating a customised, made-to-measure
machine based around the principal components such
as engine and chassis.
Classic meets modern – a combination
of stylistic elements from different eras.
The study Lo Rider does not fi t into any of the
classic motorcycle segments – and it is not
supposed to. It combines the latest technical attributes
of high performance sports motorcycles with the traditional,
classic principles of motorcycle construction. State-of-the-art
chassis components from sports motorcycle construction
such as the powerful upside-down fork, 6-piston brake
calipers with real bite and wide 17-inch tyres are
combined with styledefining elements of motorcycle
construction from the fi fties and sixties. For
example, with the exhaust system in a more traditional
lower position in side pipe style creates a classic
roadster or cool cruiser look, while a raised exhaust
system is reminiscent of legendary racing machines
or typical scrambler models of days gone by. Together
with a range of variously designed seat
The idea in detail.
The BMW Lo Rider offers the motorcycle fan a wealth
of possibilities by means of which to interpret the
roadster theme in a highly individual way according
to his own personal taste founded on a single basic
motorcycle. In fact the Lo Rider gives the creativity
of its rider almost completely free rein.
Chassis and engine – state-of-the-art
technology based on classic principles.
The mixture of classic and modern stylistic elements
of motorcycle construction combined with state-of-the-art
technology is what gives the Lo Rider its defi ning
look from all angles. A torsionally stiff space frame
sophisticated architecture openly displays the bike’s
technology and together with the upside-down telescopic
fork at the front and Paralever rear-wheel swing arm
provides the modern basis in terms of chassis technology
- just as it is to be found in some current models
of the BMW Boxer series. What is more, the chassis
of the Lo Rider has been lowered as compared to conventional
In terms of tyre dimensions, the 17-inch wheels
represent the current state of the art for sports
motorcycles, though with their chrome wire spokes,
black hubs and steel rims they ingeniously echo the
characteristic stylistic elements and flair of a past
era. By contrast, contemporary technology and a high
level of riding dynamics is provided by elements such
as the high performance dual brake disk with powerful
6-piston calipers, together with wave brake discs
borrowed from motor racing at the front and the single
disc brake at the rear.
In terms of its engine, the Lo Rider also relies
on technology which is both contemporary and full
of character – the legendary, highly responsive
BMW fl at twin “Boxer” engine. For 85
years, the construction principle of this engine has
stood for unmistakable, authentic design, a full torque
curve and unique sound and power. In its current version
with an output of over 100 bhp, overhead camshafts,
electronic fuel injection and exhaust gas purifi cation,
the powerful response of this dynamic and distinctive
2-cylinder is simply perfect for the BMW Lo Rider.
The customer as designer – individual
designs and paint fi nishes.
The concept study Lo Rider is mainly focused on
the two essential component groups of a motorcycle,
the engine and the chassis. Any superfl uous decoration
is omitted. Instead, variable components such as the
exhaust system, seat, headlamp unit and paint fi nishes
determine the bike’s outward appearance, at
the same time defi ning its conceptual style.
The combination of these classic and modern components
is entirely subject to the personal taste of the customer.
For example, he can initially express the dominating
character of the BMW Lo Rider through the placement
of the exhaust system, creating either a sporty style
or opting for a more roadsterlike
look by having it lowered.
A very sporty effect is created by the classic perch
seat made of aluminium sheet metal, while the simple
single seat reduced to the absolute minimum will appeal
to purist motorcycle fans. The single seat can also
be optionally extended to include a pillion passenger
The specification laid down for the development
team led by David Robb, Head of Design Development
at BMW Motorrad, was that all the conceivable combination
options of these components should produce different
end results but that the bike should always retain
a rounded, coherent character in itself. Whether with
a raised or lowered exhaust system, with sporty perch
seat or seat bench for one or two people: the Lo Rider
comes over differently every time but always makes
The same applies to the selection options in creating
the front section of the Lo Rider. With their aggressive,
modern design, the vertically arranged dual headlamps
give it a touch of the streetfi ghter, while the classic,
semicircular headlamp provides an echo of past times.
Once again, the same principle applies: however different
the styles thus created might be, they always have
a consistent emotional appeal for the rider.
Further possibilities for individual design are available
to the customer in the choice of paint fi nish. There
are four different colours available for the fuel
tank, and with the three different paint fi nishes
for the engine casing this allows the customer to
create a very distinctive, personal look, defining
the character of the Lo Rider as anything from refi
ned to sporty. These always harmonise perfectly with
the deliberately classic, high-quality aluminium parts
such as fuel tank trim, seat holder and wing struts.
Different styles can also
be created with the front and rear wings which are
available either in black or chrome finish.
Finally, another element which harmonises perfectly
with the overall concept of the Lo Rider is the individually
adaptable range of rider equipment. This includes
classic leather jackets, protector jeans, boots, gloves
and authentic jet and integral helmets. This ensures
that not only the appearance of the Lo Rider is perfect
but that the rider has just the right look, too.