By Dennis Chung introduced a new “Adventure Sport” concept model at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este previewing a new mid-sized sport-touring model. The eventual production version of the BMW Concept 9Cento would, essentially, be a smaller version of the S1000XR with the frame and engine of the F850GS.
The BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento is our interpretation of a modern all-rounder for the new mid-range segment,” says Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad. “Functional properties such as touring capability, storage space and wind/weather protection are relevant to most motorcyclists but they’re rarely included in the design of a concept vehicle. In this year’s concept bike we’re demonstrating that all these rational aspects can be coupled with a dynamic design to create something really exciting and highly emotional.”
Like the S1000XR, the 9Cento concept has a bit of an adventure styling, though it’s designed to stick mainly to paved roads. In this respect, it would also be a replacement for the F800GT and F800ST sport-tourers. The shape of the nose and fairing draw a lot from the S1000XR, enough so that we wouldn’t be surprised if the production model will be named the F900XR.
The proportions are different from the S1000XR however, with a lot of volume toward the front wheel and a short, rising tail that exaggerates the length of the swingarm. Aluminum parts such as the central tank cover, footrest mounts and rear seat support are milled with fine groves that resemble a topological relief, with the lines all pointing forward to the front wheel.
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