BMW Motorrad redefines future of the scooter

Riley Riley

The BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 is described as both a means of transport and a means of communication for the urban commuter.

With its electric drive, trailblazing design and innovative connectivity solutions, it sets out to redefine the scooter segment.

In conjunction with the corresponding intelligent rider equipment, a holistic, highly emotional and newly conceived mobility experience is created.

While the BMW Motorrad Concept Link in 2017 still seemed like a vision far from the future, the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 in 2020 transfers the radical design of the Concept Link to production readiness with almost unchanged design.

“Electric mobility is a central drive system for the BMW Group and we are consistently relying on this technology in our sustainability strategy,” Head of Design, Edgar Heinrich, said.

“Electric drives are also a current topic for BMW Motorrad, especially for the urban environment. Since 2013, we have been a pioneer in this area with the BMW C evolution scooter.

“The BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 is the logical continuation of the electromobility strategy for urban conurbations and provides a concrete preview of what a contemporary production vehicle could look like, with which we will take two-wheel electric mobility in metropolitan areas to a new level, both technically and visually.”

Visually, the Definition CE 04 concept clearly breaks with the look of scooters as we know them.

Instead, an elongated, low vehicle body and the diagonally rising front end create a silhouette that is as modern as it is clear.

The generous, calm surface design with sharply defined edges blends perfectly into modern, urban surroundings.

The flat battery in the underbody provides new freedoms, such as the new storage solution, which is illuminated and can be folded open from the side.

It gives the rider easy access for storing a helmet and other equipment.

In addition, the low position of the flat battery provides a favourable centre of gravity, which ensures playful handling and dynamic riding fun.


Beneath the modern surface finish in Mineral White metallic, a matt black area forms the core of the vehicle, the technical heart.

It stretches from the front to the rear and, in addition to the tyres and front lights, also integrating the drive unit and the suspension elements.

Definition CE 04 deliberately stages the bike’s technology as part of the design.

That is why the side panels don’t completely cover the vehicle’s side section at the rear.

Instead they stretch across parts of the vehicle’s side like little wings allowing views of the drive unit, cooling ribs, single-sided swing arm, spring strut and tooth belt.

The design of the lights is as reduced as it is modern.

Two U-shaped LED front lights are characterised by minimalist design.

Their clear-cut layout and the slim contours accentuate the modern and trailblazing visual appeal of the front section.

The rear lights have been integrated into the rear side panels in the form of two C-shaped light elements.

The urban target group mainly rides short distances of about 12km per day.

Long-distance comfort is therefore less important than variable ergonomics and easy accessibility.

In this way we were able to create a “floating” seat bench seat, which allows you to glide comfortably onto the vehicle even from behind.

It also offers improved ergonomics for single riders, regardless of leg length and height.”

The rider is connected to his environment through his smartphone via the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.

Its 10.25 inch display is the largest in the scooter segment to date and acts as an interface between the digital and analogue worlds of the rider.

At the heart of the rider equipment developed exclusively for the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 is a casually cut warm parka suitable for everyday use.

Black riding jeans, stylish sneakers and a white open face helmet complete the look.

Innovative features such as the integrated light guides in the sleeves and hood ensure greater visibility in road traffic and can be switched on and changed in colour via sensors in the sleeve.

To ensure that the rider is always fully charged up, the inside pocket of the parka has an inductive charging field for the smartphone. The rider equipment is seamlessly integrated into the rider’s life.

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