BMW Motorrad appears to be going ahead with a production version of the Concept 9cento that converts from a solo sports bike to a two-up tourer with luggage in a matter of seconds using strong magnets.
The clue is in these design drawings filed with property offices in Germany and Brazil.
It is difficult to tell from the drawings whether the bike has the same two-in-one features of the Concept 9cento, pronounced ‘nove cento’, which means 900 in Italian.
It’s also a little less aggressive than the concept model.
But it’s still an interesting model that we suspect will have the new 850cc parallel twin engine.
The mid-sized sports tourer concept launched this time last year featured magnetic clip-on luggage that also extends the seat from solo to dual.
The drawings don’t show any luggage features.
BMW’s popular R nineT was their first bike developed with a solo-to-dual-seat conversion, but it uses mechanical latches.
Rather than fiddly mechanical attachments, the 9cento uses a powerful electromagnet that easily attaches the luggage to the lower section of the rear carrier.
Heaven forbid the magnet loses current and drops your luggage and pillion on the ground!
The German manufacturer unveiled the 9cento at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como in Italy.
BMW has still not released any tech specs.
Other highlights are a lightweight carbon fibre triangular frame, aluminium panels, long travel suspension and two symmetrical LED headlights and twin LED taillights that feature the BMW Motorrad motif.
BMW Motorrad Head of Design Edgar Heinrich says the bike brings together sports, adventure and touring as an allrounder.
“It doesn’t always have to be about ‘bolder, bigger, brighter’ nowadays: this concept bike focuses on achieving a sense of balance,” he says.
3D printed protectors
When BMW Motorrad unveiled the 9cento, they also showed leather and Kevlar jackets in similar design which is another indication of a production model looming.
They feature shoulder protectors integrated into the jacket using 3D printing.
Last year the company won an award for the carbon fibre swingarm in their HP4 Race made cheaply using 3D printing techniques.