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Editor’s favorite concept bikes from 2014

2014 produced some of the best concept bikes we’ve seen in a while. As per tradition, the usual suspects made what we can only assume were their best efforts to outdo each other, and true to form, some impressed more than others. We’ve looked into the top three picks for 2014.


The BMW concept roadster, revealed at the 2014 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy, is a step up in appearance from 2013’s BMW concept ninety which was retro-styled to exemplify the spirit of BMW Motorrad’s 90th anniversary. For those of you who love a sleek, modern aesthetic, the BMW concept roadster is bound to stir up some emotion. The Boxer Twin powered machine not only looks good, it can go too. Although BMW hasn’t officially released the bike’s weight, its compact build brings the sense that it shouldn’t be too heavy which if true, should produce a scintillating power to weight ratio given that the 1,170cc liquid-cooled Boxer produces an impressive 125hp and 92lb-ft of torque. The racing inspired seat, and the general rear section is perhaps the bike’s most striking features. Milled from a solitary chunk of aluminium, the rear section gives the bike a crouched, attacking shape which could be frightening for the faint-hearted. The concept is a dream for bike lovers, but unfortunately, this somewhat extreme concept is likely to have trouble getting approved for road use. 

This time round, Ducati seems to have gone for comfort and versatility more than anything. Incorporating three riding modes (urban, touring and sport), an adjustable seat and adjustable passenger grab handles; the Monster 1200 is a bike for any occasion. Safety for both the passenger and driver is also a major concern for Ducati as is made evident by the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) which is standard along with the 9MP ABS system and the 8-level Ducati Traction Control. The Ducati Monster 1200 has a raw iconic design which appeals to the less is more’ kind of rider. At about 209kg, it is powered by a liquid-cooled, L-Twin second generation of the Testastretta 11 DS engine. With 4 valves per cylinder, and dual spark (DS) ignition which ensures quick complete combustion, the Monster’s 1198cc engine delivers a maximum of 135hp and 87lb-ft of torque which is more than enough power to get your juices flowing. Passionate riders love to take care of their bikes, but the Ducati Monster doesn’t really need all the attention, which is great. The valve clearance adjustment needs service after every 30,000km and an oil change is necessary after every 15,000km which reduces the cost of maintenance. The Ducati monster 1200 would make a great bike for everyday use.

Revealed at the Osaka motorcycle show, the Honda NM4 Vultus is one to look out for. The low, extended horizontal elements give a futuristic look which is akin to the CTX design concept. The bike is fully lit using LED and rides on an 18”, 200mm wide rear tire which gives an aggressive appearance from the back. The bikes massive front end, and a low seat at 25.59″ from the ground are definitely some of its most apparent features and add to the neo-futuristic’ look. However, at 745cc, the Honda’s twin clutch engine is a bit behind its competitors. Honda claims the concept is planned for production, though no dates were mentioned.

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After a brief hiatus, India Bike Week is all set to make a big come back this year at a grand scale in Goa on December 6-7, 2019. The sixth edition of Asia’s largest motorcycling festival promises to offer more activities, larger attractions and more exciting motorcycles to drool over. This year, the festival has tied up with Austrian bike maker KTM as one of its title partners and will be showcasing the extremely hot and insane 1290 Super Duke for the first time in India. If reports are to be believed, there will be a surprise this year with the highly anticipated KTM 390 Adventure expected to make its debut at the annual motorcycling congregation. Here’s all that you need to look forward to at the 2019 India Bike Week.

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Energy for the X5 xDrive45e’s electric motor is provided by a 24.0kWh lithium-ion battery mounted under the luggage compartment. It offers 14.8kWh more than the 9.2kWh lithium ion battery used by the X5 xDrive40e, and with it a much increased claimed electric range on the WLTP test cycle at between 42 and 54 miles. This contributes to a combined fuel consumption figure of between 148.7 and 235.4mpg on the WLTP cycle, with corresponding CO2 emissions of between 44 and 27g/km.

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The BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 – a purist, historically inspired version of the big boxer – was presented by the BMW Group at the Concorso d’Eleganza in the Villa d’Este at Lake Como in the early summer. Six months later, at the world’s biggest motorcycle show – the EICMA in Milan – BMW Motorrad now presents its second sensational concept bike based on a big boxer engine: the BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 /2 (pronounced: “Slash Two”). It is the stylistic opposite of the Concept R 18: a modern, dynamic custom cruiser with a performance appeal that is somewhat rougher round the edges. As such, the BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 /2 demonstrates yet another potential expression of the Heritage concept, providing an impressive example of the flexibility and wide-ranging customisation options offered by this basic architecture. The presentation at the EICMA will take place exclusively by means of films and photographs.

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Granted, the video streaming landscape is already fairly crowded, both for content and for products and services in general. The subscription e-commerce market has grown by  100 percent per year  for the last five years. But gaining subscribers and holding subscribers are two different propositions. Churn rate is the bane of a subscription service’s existence, especially if customer acquisition costs are high. (See: Apron, Blue.)

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Before the big comeback, the Bavarians tested waters with the Z9 concept car which debuted at IAA Frankfurt in autumn 1999. The showcar was penned by the then-recently appointed design director Chris Bangle . The Z9 set a complete change of paradigm from the usual BMW styling featured on the models from the ’90s decade. Utterly futuristic and controversial at the same time, the Z9 previewed many of the design and technological novelties that would arrive on production models in the following years. One of them was the new dashboard architecture, in which the central point was the Intuitive Interaction Conception, which was to become the iDrive beginning with the premiere of the E65/E66 7 Series in 2001.

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This is a typical inemuri unten, meaning falling asleep or sleepy driving. Very dangerous but happens most of the time especially for tired truck drivers driving long distances. Happens also to ordinary drivers, both young and old and all genders. That’s the reason why we have parking and rest areas on highways (free). Let’s utilize them and drive safely.