Have BMW Motorrad announced plans to fund the development of their one-wheeled BMW concept bikes with production aimed for early 2023? Well, while this is still a question. We will look back at some of the most exciting concepts for BMW motorcycles.
Most of my selections will be bikes with a single wheel. And in the next few years, I am sure many players will announce many more such ideas.
It may be due to prohibitive costs or safety concerns. But if we look further into the future, it may be due to a lack of space.
What if BMW Motorrad has already been working on ways to create smaller ones. And lighter engines to free up more space, enabling them to mount their drive unit directly to the rear wheel?
Concept and its features
The concept model R-OneT designed by Dick Lovett Motorrad, features a single wheel, 1200cc boxer powerplant. And sophisticated electronics package that monitors motion, maintains stability and delivers traction in varying road conditions.
It may have the electronics like Pid Controller. Also known as a proportional–integral–derivative controller used to regulate temperature, pressure, speed, flow, and other process variables.
A second could be the Hall effect sensor used to time the speed of wheels and shafts and Gyroscopic sensors devices that sense angular velocity. Here the angular momentum is the change in rotational angle per unit of time.
And lastly, we may see an Accelerometer to measure the proper acceleration of the single wheel bike.
One of the most challenging tasks for motorcycle engineers is to create a bike that can maintain smooth and safe operation when only using one wheel.
With over one million lives having been lost to motorcycle-related accidents. Preventing motorcycle accidents by providing motorcycles that do not require riders’ balancing skills. Even if just for some situations — is essential for the safety of motorcyclists.
Inspiration comes from MV Augusta 60cc Monomoto Superleggera.
The R OneT came to life in 2019 when the 1954 MV Agusta Monomoto 60cc Superleggera inspired a small group of Dick Lovett BMW Motorrad designers.
“This MV Augusta 60cc Monomoto Superleggera is the experimental machine ridden by young wealthy Italian Luiggi Bandini during practice for the 1954 Milano-Taranto Road Race. Bandini tragically lost control in a misty mountain section while waving to a pretty spectator.”
While other players in the market have already launched the single wheel production bike like the Ryno Micro Cycle from Ryno Motors.
One-wheeled, electric-powered. A machine that has no more significant footprint than you do. Capable of operating at speeds up to 10 miles per hour – or as slowly as a casual stroll.
The RYNO is transportation, humanized. The first personal mobility device that’s built to connect you to people, not take you away from them. The RYNO lets you mix and mingle with a crowd, naturally.
The question will this one wheel concept from BMW Motorrad turn into reality.