Ahead of the IAA Mobility Show in Munich, BMW Motorrad wanted to see what would happen if the Honda Grom was combined with skateboards and bicycles. The CE 02 is what the design team came up with. It’s great. almost as quiet CE 04 launched last year, and equally capable of reaching the output. It’s not quite a motorcycle, and it’s not a traditional scooter either. It splits the difference a bit, giving urban dwellers a futuristic design and a useful form factor. I dig it.
The CE 02 isn’t overpowering, it’s not too fast, and it’s light enough to be nimble without being too light to feel unstable. The battery-powered bike weighs only slightly more than the Honda Grom, which is impressive for anything electric. With just shy of 15 horsepower, it will also be slightly faster than the Grom. With a top speed of 56 mph and a range of about 56 miles, it’s not going to do much more than run errands and daily commutes, but it feels like a good piece of equipment for those activities.
Given the boring nature of the daily commute, a little electric runabout with quick acceleration and a fun mild ride character, it could be the perfect commuter. I already love it, but I wish there was a right foot rear brake instead of the inverted bicycle handlebar brake shown in the concept.
“At first glance, there is very little about the BMW Motorrad Concept CE 02 that BMW Motorrad has in general – it is completely new. We want to try something new and be the pioneer – which is something we have done in the past. Concept CE 02 brings new proportions and modern forms of single-track mobility in urban environments. Furthermore, we wanted to achieve a level of design innovation that was ours at this stage. The pass was not there before. Direct access was important, but above all the emotional component was important, as well as the fun of the ride,” explains Edgar Heinrich, head of design BMW Motorrad.
The big chunky boy wheels and low seat height mean that this bike is far from intimidating to two wheelers. This is a happy futuristic robot bike that just makes you want to have a great time. “Characteristic ratios not only allow for a very nimble riding experience, they are also intended to encourage non-motorcyclists to perhaps get ahead and go. “Yes, I want to go.
There isn’t a lot here that isn’t ready for production, which indicates to me that it’s probably headed the same way sooner or later. Expect a slightly different wheel design, more padding on the seat, and room for two riders. The bike includes a neat feature where you can store your own skateboard under the foot pegs and use your board as a footrest. That feature certainly won’t produce it, but it’s neat.
It is clearly aimed at young Europeans, as it has the features to be covered under ECE’s A-level license. 16-year-olds can ride every day with no problem, providing a level of freedom that not even many Americans can reach. I loved one of these as a teen, and I would love one of these today in my 30s. If BMW markets this thing for about 4 or 5 . can leave for Gorgeous, this will be a hit.