From a design perspective, large engine scooters are the natural evolution of cruisers: comfortable for long distance rides, sharp handling and performance (better than what most cruisers offer), plenty of storage capacity… ”But still – it’s a scooter!” people complain. Well, if you’re one of the masses (practical city bikers) who were born with a good ole’ American bias against scooters, I think BMW is gunning for YOU. We saw the mock ups since 2010, and they’re set to start selling in the U.S. in a few months, but they’re already on the road overseas. The same folks made a video of some on-board footage – check it out after the jump.
BMW plans to offer two models, the “BMW C650GT” and the “C600 Sport.” They’re the same scooter, frame and suspension but with slightly sportier (higher seat, lower bars) ergonomics for the “Sport” model… The center dashboard and controls don’t look nearly as high tech (or distracting) as the mock up sent to the motorcycle show last year – but still plenty useful with a motorcycle style dash and bar mounted GPS display.
So for you cruiser riders out there – would you consider making the switch? How about as a second bike?