Published on September 2nd, 2021 | by Subhash Nair0
BMW Motorrad Wants The Concept CE 02 To Get Kids Interested In Bikes
This concept CE 02 bike from BMW Motorrad takes a more youthful and urban route than usual.
BMW Motorrad recently announced that one of their electric concept scooters will be put into production – the BMW CE 04. Now they’re showing a new electric concept bike called the CE 04. Wha happened to the CE 03? We don’t know.
The CE 02 is not a scooter. However, it’s not quite a traditional motorbike either. Its proportions are clearly a bit more bike-like, but there’s something very adolescent about its overall design. It’s just a set of training wheels away from looking like a kid’s bicycle.
In fact, BMW Motorrad says that the CE 02 is designed to appeal to younger riders, aged 16 and up. It’s for people who haven’t yet riden a motorbike before, but are open to new experiences… So there’s a chance they will in fact sell these with training wheels.
In terms of the way it looks, the CE 02 has large shweels with disc wheels for a very distinctive look. There’s a dark area in the centre where two batteries are housed and a silver housing for the drive unit.
Besides its design, the BMW Motorrad Concept CE 02 is typical of electric 2-wheelers. It has a low weight of just 120kg and 11kW of output with immediate torque, making it ideal for in-city use. A top speed of just 90km/h and a range of 90km confirms this urban-use philosophy.
BMW Motorrad kept the vehicle’s body low for better stability and agility. It’s also lower to encourage people who are new to 2-wheeling to give it a go. The absence of any foot levers should also make it easier for new comers to hop on and figure things out.
The layout of the CE 02 gives some space between the seat and the frame for small luggage items, a couple of elastic bands in front as well as brackets by the floor footrests give you additional storage options. In terms of kit, the Concept CE 02 has LED headlights and taillights, a small colour screen on the handlebars and some charging equipment.
Here’s some information on the more design-oriented elements of the CE 02.
The colour scheme puts the rider at the centre.
In terms of colour, the BMW Motorrad Concept CE 02 also keeps things purist: black/silver is the underlying scheme. The colour black is reminiscent of early BMW motorbikes. What is new here, however, is the interplay of matt and high-gloss surfaces, giving the concept bike greater expressiveness.
Silver-coloured elements such as the triple clamp or the drive, the white graphics and the petrol-coloured luggage straps set targeted accentuations, breaking up the overall image. Technoid typography is used as an active design tool, conveying the association with technical information on machines.
The BMW emblem is integrated on the whitish silicone seat just in front of the handlebars; otherwise only the BMW wordmark on the rims and luggage straps indicates the manufacturer. With this rather restrained colour scheme, the BMW Motorrad Concept CE 02 provides the ideal platform for the rider to showcase their own individual character. Additional individualisation by means of stickers or tapes is also possible and indeed desirable.
Fashion statement – urban riding gear for young male and female riders.
The innovative concept rider equipment perfectly matches the BMW Motorrad Concept CE 02. Two jackets inspired by contemporary trends indicate a whole range of new possibilities for both functional and fashionable clothing with innovative materials and processing techniques. The two variants both echo the typographic style of the vehicle graphics.
Casually styled, the jackets also underscore a youthful fashion awareness. The playful use of transparency – revealing function as a design element – means the product is both functional and a fashionable everyday garment. In doing so, it is deliberately set apart from conventional rider equipment, focusing on current fashion trends instead.
Both rider equipment variants feature protection as part of the graphic statement. A newly developed technique (GRDXKN®) allows a protection function to be printed on. This integrated, volume-forming material is abrasion-resistant and impact-absorbing. It creates a completely new interplay of graphics and structure in both outfits, thereby raising function and design to the same level.
The women’s jacket shows off the neon-orange colour of the print through its slightly transparent Windstopp material, while golden reflective graphics and colourful colour gradients create attractive design stimuli. The 3D structure of the print comes into its own in the men’s jacket. The petrol-coloured details and the white graphics harmonise with the colour scheme of the concept bike to round off the overall appearance. It was possible to produce and manufacture the rider equipment almost exclusively in collaboration with regional experts and suppliers in Germany.