Getting ready to fly! BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Design Concept Hover Ride

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When I reviewed 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure last month I pointed out that the alternate model was of a BMW flying machine. It turns out that there's a story behind its design, which is the subject of this press release, issued today as LEGOWorld opens in Copenhagen:

Unique design concept model – “Design Concept Hover Ride”

Developed in collaboration with BMW Motorrad design teams

Munich, February 16th 2017 – BMW Motorrad partnered with LEGO Technic to transform one of the best motorcycles in the world into a LEGO model. The BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS Adventure model celebrates innovative design and engineering. A pure building adventure in 603 pieces. The alternative model as part of the typical LEGO Technic 2-in-1 building set is now taking this icon one step further – into the future.

In a very creative and inspirational atmosphere design teams from BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic joined forces and jointly developed the LEGO Technic Hover Ride complete with innovative functions and the signatory GS flyline allowing all fans to rebuild the BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS Adventure into a unique design concept model that removes all limits to motorcycles and allows imagination to fly without vesting technical plausibility.

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“What would happen if we designed a bike together? What would happen if we removed all limits for the alternative model? So we set the BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic design teams a challenge, a challenge that has resulted in this amazing bike. Collaboration between our two teams was driven by passion and respect for the DNA of each other’s brands. It was fantastic to see how engaged and inspired each team was by working together, but I don’t think either of us ever imagined that this project would turn out as it did. I guess it just proves that you can create anything with LEGO Technic. Even the future”, says Andy Woodman – Senior Design Manager for LEGO Technic.

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“It was a great idea and a superb creative challenge to develop a fictitious model from the parts of the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure set. Our concept not only incorporates the BMW Motorrad design DNA with typical elements such as the boxer engine and the characteristic GS silhouette, it also draws on the LEGO Technic stylistic idiom”, says Alexander Buckan, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design.

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The life-size model of this design concept Hover Ride will be presented today during the LEGO World event in Copenhagen and will travel afterwards to different locations in Denmark and the “BMW Welt” in Munich.

Here's the video the stills above have been taken from:

14 comments on this article

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By in United States,

What an interesting backstory to a LEGO Technic alternate model!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice! But doesn't quite explain why the Lego model has a big wheel at the back :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ Thanks!

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By in Australia,

The wheel might be designed to represent a ducted fan engine as seen on a number of flying car/flying machine ideas/prototypes out there.

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By in Germany,

Cross-advertisement bullshit. Nothing more.

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By in United States,

Wow! Coolest concept bike ever! Now if they could only make it actually fly (I think they'd need a second engine on the front end to keep all that weight up).

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By in United States,

Now I need two sets. I was so disappointed upon first seeing the second option. Now I am excited.

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By in Italy,

"... allows imagination to fly without vesting technical plausibility."

Apart from the fact the concept machine wouldn't be able to hover or fly!

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By in United States,

Paul Davis: that's never stopped flying car proponents before.

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By in Italy,

Yes but flying cars, be they production ready or simply proposals, utilise established means of generating lift and propulsion. Judging by the photos, this BMW machine has neither, somewhat undermining the technical plausibility comment!

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By in Netherlands,

Nice story and the real thing looks OK but the LEGO model still looks messy to me, as if the parts were randomly attached. I least like the back end, the wheel looks weird...

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By in New Zealand,

Neat. If only it could fly......

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By in United States,

If you look in the back, the wheel in the back is supposed to represent the Rotor on the Hover-bike. That's why there's a Wheel in the back.

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