Initially BMW Motorrad had presented the BMW Concept Ninety at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2013, which was the company's modern take on a classic motorcycle with a boxer engine. By contrast, this time round BMW decided to showcase a boxer-powered Concept Roadster at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014, to give the world a sneak peek into the future of BMW Motorrad design. On the occasion Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design said that "The BMW Concept Roadster shows that as far as BMW is concerned, motorcycling is about far more than just perfect function. This concept bike is a symbol of how modern and emotional a boxer-powered BMW roadster can be."
The Roadster displays a minimalistic design approach with body panels kept to a bare minimum. The LED powered headlamp gives a modern touch to the classic circular headlamp. A digital instrument panel sits on top providing all the relevant information to the rider. The fuel tank gets well set knee recess that also look visually appealing. The single saddle on offer is inspired from motor racing, and is placed on a steep rear end, which happens to be a self supporting structure made out of a single piece of milled aluminium.
The BMW Concept Roadster is powered by a four-stroke, twin-cylinder, 1170cc engine that generates 125 bhp at 7750rpm, with a maximum torque of 12.74kgm at 6500rpm, which is transmitted to the rear wheel via a driveshaft. The engine spoiler on the BMW Concept Roadster, is designed to not only provide aerodynamic capabilities but also incorporates the entire front exhaust system in order to meet future noise prevention requirements.
The concept is built around a tubular space frame, while a single-sided swingarm makes way to the rear. The concept is also equipped with upside-down front forks and a monoshock at the rear.