What do Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, Marlon Brando in The Wild One and, uh, Tim Allen in Wild Hogs have in common? They all look cool on a motorcycle, because it’s impossible not to look cool on a motorcycle. That’s a basic life rule. It goes without saying that just about any motorcycle will do the trick, but some bikes will make you look even more badass. The BMW Motorrad Concept Link is one such bike.
In fact, it just might be the future of motorcycles. Last week, at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017 in Italy, BMW unveiled its newest creation: a sleek, futuristic two-wheeler that boasts more bells and whistles than you’ll know what to do with.
A sort-of hybrid between a motorcycle and scooter, the compact Motorrad Concept Link looks intimidating, and vaguely like something out of Tron; the liquid metal titanium front trim seamlessly blends with the black matt body and orange, diagonally rising silhouette. The bike’s side panels don’t totally cover the side section at the rear, but this is deliberate: They stretch across the side like wings, offering up-close views of parts like the drive unit, spring strut, and tooth belt. Not to mention that they also help improve aerodynamic air flow.
But really, the devil is in all the digital details. The Motorrad Concept Link is designed to keep you connected while riding, which means instead of an instrument cluster, there’s a projection onto the windshield directly in your field of vision. This touch-sensitive panel controls infotainment, connectivity and routing info, but since you have a job to do—i.e., look fucking cool on a motorcycle—you can use the programmable, touch-enabled buttons on the handlebars to access all functions without ever removing your hands.
The Concept also has access to your personal calendar, so it knows exactly where you’re going—and the fastest, most scenic route to get there (as well as the most suitable soundtrack for your journey). And for one last wrinkle, the accompanying rider jacket is also connected to the bike: Just swipe across your sleeve to open and close the sliding door of the luggage compartment. The future is a trip.
No word yet on when the Concept will be available, but you can watch this hype video on repeat in the meantime: