BMW And Roland Sands Show Off Concept 101 Custom Bagger
Though BMW may not be the first motorcycle manufacturer that comes to mind when you think of cruisers, that’s precisely what the German marque has unveiled – in concept form at least – at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este this year.
Appearing alongside the 3.0 CSL Hommage concept, the BMW Concept 101 is a custom “bagger” created in California through a collaboration between BMW Motorrad, BMW Designworks, and legendary bike builder Roland Sands. Better suited towards cruising down the highway than carving up a racetrack or a dirt trail, the Concept 101 strikes a rather stunning (if uncharacteristic) form.
The elongated shape is rendered in materials like brushed aluminum, carbon fiber, and wood trim, tapering towards the rear that encompasses two hard saddle bags characteristic of this style of cruiser. The top half of the bike is done up in lighter shades than the dark bottom, capped by a saddle crafted in fine-grain black leather, perforated black leather and a strip of brown leather.
Power comes commandingly from an inline-six displacing 1.6 liters – or about 101 cubic inches, which along with Highway 101, gives the concept bike its name. The engine breaths out through a pair of tailpipes, each with three outlets to emphasize the six-cylinder and envision what it would look like if Munich opted to take on the Honda Gold Wing F6C Valkyrie.
Of course this isn’t the first time BMW has done a bike with Roland Sands, nor the first time it’s displaying a bike concept at Villa d’Este. Last year the German marque displayed the Concept Roadster at the same show, and did the Concept Ninety with the same custom shop at the previous year’s concours.